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antipathy
1 use
Cooperation is fueled by a shared antipathy toward Iran.
antipathy = strong dislike
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auspicious
1 use
With good weather and no traffic, we had an auspicious start on our journey.
auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
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beseech
8 uses
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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censure
3 uses
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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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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contentious
1 use
We started with the most contentious item on the agenda.
contentious = likely to cause disagreement
DefinitionGenerally contentious means:
causing or likely to cause disagreement; or argumentative
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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
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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diligent
3 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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discern
1 use
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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disposition
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a kind disposition
She has a cheerful disposition.
disposition = normal mood, personality, or inclination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or inclination
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entreat
7 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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forbearance
4 uses
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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malicious
2 uses
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a rigorous math class
The class was equally interesting and rigorous.
rigorous = difficult and demanding
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superfluous
2 uses
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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sustain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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1st useScene 3.3
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usurp
2 uses
The lawsuit claims that the Federal Government is usurping rights reserved by the Constitution for state governments.
usurping = seizing or taking control without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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