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Love's Labour's Lost

Extra Credit Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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abrogate
1 use
She has abrogated her responsibility as a mother.
abrogated = done away with (ignored)
DefinitionGenerally abrogate means:
to abolish (do away with) something
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arbitration
1 use
They submitted their disagreement to binding arbitration.
arbitration = the hearing and settling of a dispute by an impartial referee
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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bombastic
1 use
The media relishes her bombastic style.
bombastic = pompous or pretentious talk or writing

(often using difficult words to make something sound more important than it is or to make the speaker sound more intelligent)
DefinitionGenerally bombastic means:
pompous or pretentious talk or writing

(often using difficult words in an attempt to make something sound more important than it is or to make the speaker sound more intelligent)
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choleric
1 use
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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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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digress
1 use
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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engender
1 use
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause (bring into being)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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enigma
1 use
As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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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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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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fawn
1 use
She fawns all over her children.
fawns = shows excessive flattery or affection
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fawn means:
showing excessive flattery or affection
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flout
3 uses
The current enforcement policy encourages people to flout the law.
flout = openly disregard
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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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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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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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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remuneration
11 uses
It was inadequate remuneration to make up for his expenses.
remuneration = payment (for work and/or expenses)
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resolute
1 use
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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revere
1 use
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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superfluous
1 use
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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verbose
1 use
Her papers tend to be too verbose.
verbose = wordy (using too many words)
DefinitionGenerally verbose means:
using or containing too many words
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