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adversary
2 uses
She is his greatest adversary.
adversary = opponent
DefinitionGenerally adversary means:
an opponent
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.6
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adverse
1 use
She did an impressive job given the adverse circumstances.
adverse = working against one's interests
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amorous
2 uses
She rejected his amorous advances.
amorous = romantic or sexual
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1st useScene 3.5
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apprehensive
1 use
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.2
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the source of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.6
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austere
1 use
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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1st useScene 4.3
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calumny
1 use
He denied all such allegations as "lies, calumny, and manipulation."
calumny = false accusations
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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commendation
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
offered my personal commendation
The action deserves neither commendation nor condemnation.
commendation = praise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of commendation means:
praise or a message expressing praise
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Book4 uses
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1st useScene 1.1
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derive
5 uses
She likes to win, but she doesn't derive pleasure from watching others lose.
derive = get
DefinitionGenerally derive means:
to get something from something else

(If the context doesn't otherwise indicate where something came from, it is generally from reasoning—especially deductive reasoning.)
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1st useScene 3.2
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doctrine
1 use
She argues that the action is protected under the separation-of-powers doctrine that is fundamental to the US Constitution.
doctrine = principle
DefinitionGenerally doctrine means:
a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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ensconced
1 use
She moved to New York for college and has been happily ensconced in the city ever since.
ensconced = settled comfortably
DefinitionGenerally ensconced means:
fixed firmly; or settled comfortably
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epitaph
1 use
John Belushi's epitaph reads, "I may be gone, but Rock and Roll lives on."
epitaph = text written on his tombstone
DefinitionGenerally epitaph means:
a short text in memory of a dead person — especially text written on a tombstone
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exeunt
28 uses
Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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Book28 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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linguist
1 use
She is a linguist specializing in Native American languages.
linguist = someone who specializes in the study of language
DefinitionGenerally linguist means:
a specialist in the study of language

or:

a person who is skilled in multiple languages
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1st useScene 4.3
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presumption
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is presumptuous
She is pushy and presumptuous. I can't stand to be around her.
presumptuous = exercising privileges to which one is not entitled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of presumptuous means:
exercising privileges to which one is not entitled — such as being too familiar or too bossy
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.3
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repentance
5 uses
Prisoners who show repentance are more likely to be released on parole.
repentance = regret for having done wrong with a desire to be a better person in the future
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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Book5 uses
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1st useScene 3.7
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sanctimonious
1 use
Everyone is tired of her sanctimonious attitude.
sanctimonious = acting morally superior to others
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1st useScene 4.3
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scorn
6 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = rejected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book6 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.3
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shrewd
4 uses
She is a shrewd negotiator.
shrewd = smart
DefinitionGenerally shrewd means:
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.5
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simile
1 use
When she said he was "as subtle as a sledgehammer," she was using ironic simile.
simile = a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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1st useScene 5.2
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