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Henry IV, Part 1

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banish
11 uses
He was banished from his own country.
banished = forced to leave
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of
in various senses, including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
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belie
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
his smile belied his treachery
His gruff demeanor belies a soft heart.
belies = is in contradiction with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of belie means:
to give a false impression; or be in contradiction with
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beseech
4 uses
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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compulsion
4 uses
I had a compulsion to tell the brutal truth.
compulsion = strong urge (possibly uncontrollable)
DefinitionGenerally compulsion means:
a strong (possibly uncontrollable) urge to do something; or a force or a requirement that forces an action
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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 for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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disdain
2 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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haughty
2 uses
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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ignominious
1 use
They retreated in ignominious defeat.
ignominious = bringing disgrace or shame
DefinitionGenerally ignominious means:
deserving or bringing disgrace or shame — typically in reference to behavior or character
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innovate
1 use
Apple is considered one of the most innovative companies.
innovative = introducing things that are new and different

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
DefinitionGenerally innovate means:
bring something new to an environment
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intractable
1 use
What do you think is the most intractable issue of our era?
intractable = difficult
DefinitionGenerally intractable means:
difficult
in various senses, including:
  • of problems or disease — difficult to solve or cure
  • of people or animals — difficult to manage or control
  • of materials — difficult to manipulate
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redemption   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
its main redeeming quality is...
Our dog is dirty, noisy, and ill-behaved, but her redeeming quality is that she is so loving.
redeeming = thing that makes up for bad things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to make up for something bad; or to save
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2  —1 use as in:
redeem the coupon
The coupon can be redeemed for a free candy bar.
redeemed = exchanged
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
exchange, convert, or pay off
The exact meaning of abnegate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "to redeem a coupon" — exchange something for something else of value
  • "to redeem stock" — sell or convert to cash
  • "to redeem a mortgage" — pay off a loan
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
We're waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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rogue
20 uses
South Korea is always mindful of its rogue neighbor to the north.
rogue = not normal and dangerous
DefinitionGenerally rogue means:
not normal and possibly dangerous — possibly alone
The exact meaning of rogue can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "a rogue state" — (politics) a dangerous country that ignores international conventions
  • "a rogue animal" — (especially of an elephant) dangerous and not living with or like its kind
  • "a rogue trader" — (finance) an employee who makes unauthorized and improper securities trades
  • "a rogue wave" — (oceanography) a dangerous wave that is much larger than others around it
  • "rogue cells" — (biology) tumor cells
  • "He is a rouge." — someone who is deceitful and unprincipled (though possibly liked despite that)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.4
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sovereign
4 uses
They may be a sovereign state, but their neighbor's threats forced their decision.
sovereign = not controlled by outside forces
DefinitionGenerally sovereign means:
of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
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superfluous
1 use
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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tedious
3 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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temperate
2 uses
Northern Florida is temperate; while the south is subtropical.
temperate = lacking extremes (in this case, in weather)
DefinitionGenerally temperate means:
lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
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wanton
4 uses
She is known for wanton behavior.
wanton = excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and (especially in the past) sexual promiscuity
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