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The Comedy of Errors

Extra Credit Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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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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adversity
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families struggling with adversity
adversity = an unfortunate state or event
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choleric
2 uses
A choleric cop blew his top.
choleric = easily moved to anger
DefinitionGenerally choleric means:
easily moved to anger; or characterized by anger
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covet
1 use
The company makes knockoffs for people who covet designer fashions, but can't afford them.
covet = strongly want
DefinitionGenerally covet means:
to strongly want (something—especially something that belongs to another)
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exeunt
14 uses
Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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forsake
1 use
The country must forsake terrorism as a political instrument.
forsake = abandon or give up
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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hapless
1 use
a hapless victim†
hapless = unlucky or unfortunate — often making others feel pity
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impeach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
impeach my courage
I don't mean to impeach her character. I just don't think she has enough experience to lead the group.
impeach = criticize someone's character
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importune
1 use
She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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incessant
1 use
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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notorious
1 use
He was a notorious drug dealer.
notorious = well known for something bad
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patron
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a patron of the arts
She is well known as a patron of the arts in our city.
patron = someone who contributes money to an organization
DefinitionGenerally this sense of patron means:
someone who contributes money to an organization

or:

a supporter of an organization or person
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pernicious
1 use
By the 21st century, it had evolved into a pernicious lack of employment.
pernicious = harmful
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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peruse
1 use
Please peruse this report at your leisure.
peruse = read or examine
DefinitionGenerally peruse means:
to read or examine
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prodigal
1 use
The rainforest is filled with a prodigal variety of vegetation.
prodigal = abundant (many, many kinds)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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rancor
1 use
She made the suggestion to reduce the partisan rancor.
rancor = feelings of deep and bitter anger or hatred
DefinitionGenerally rancor means:
deep and bitter anger or hatred — especially when long-standing
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rigorous enforcement
She supports a rigorous application of the law.
rigorous = strict when enforcing rules
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succession
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a succession of events
She survived a succession of catastrophes.
succession = series (one after the other)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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usurp
1 use
The lawsuit claims that the Federal Government is usurping rights reserved by the Constitution for state governments.
usurping = taking without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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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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