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agitate
2 uses
We are agitating public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitating = stirring up emotions to increase unrest
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
She didn't forget. She deliberately skipped the meeting.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally
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dictate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dictate a letter
She dictated a letter to her secretary.
dictated = said out loud for the purpose of recording

(in this case, the implication is that the secretary is writing down what is said and will type it up as a letter to send)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dictate means:
say out loud for the purpose of recording
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earnest
2 uses
I began training in earnest the summer before high school.
in earnest = in a serious manner
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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evade
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
evade the question
She evaded his question by asking one of her own.
evaded = avoided answering
DefinitionGenerally this sense of evade means:
to avoid or try to avoid either a responsibility or telling the whole truth
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indignant
4 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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insistent
1 use
We questioned her repeatedly and she remained insistent that she knew nothing of the event.
insistent = firm and continuing
DefinitionGenerally insistent means:
persistent or continuing or firm — especially in maintaining a view or demanding something
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limber
1 use
Yoga has helped me to become more limber.
limber = flexible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of limber means:
of a person's body:  flexible (capable of moving, bending, and stretching easily)

or:

readily adaptable — especially of someone's mind
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loathe
1 use
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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mockery
4 uses
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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monotonous
1 use
We hope to replace people with robots for the most monotonous work.
monotonous = lacking variety and boring
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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ominous
1 use
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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recite
1 use
She recited a poem.
recited = said the lines of
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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remiss
1 use
I'd be remiss in this overview if I didn't also mention...
remiss = careless — not doing a good job
DefinitionGenerally remiss means:
careless — especially with regard to a duty
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sensuous
1 use
She claims the tango as the most sensuous of dance forms.
sensuous = pleasing to the physical senses (sexy)
DefinitionGenerally sensuous means:
relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the intellect
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sheer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sheered to the left
The boat sheered to port to avoid a collision.
sheered = turned sharply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
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temperament
1 use
She has the experience, temperament, and judgment for the job.
temperament = character resulting in mood and tendencies
DefinitionGenerally this sense of temperament means:
usual mood and tendencies that come from qualities of mind and character
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wither
1 use
The grapes withered on the vine.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled as they dried out)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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