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Macbeth

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apparition
1 use
Hamlet saw an apparition at midnight.
apparition = a ghostlike figure
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apparition means:
a ghostlike figure or its appearance
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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avarice
3 uses
We can try both to minimize greed and avarice and to channel them into directions beneficial to society.
avarice = excessive desire for wealth
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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commend
3 uses
I commend you for a good job.
commend = praise
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
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1st useScene 1.7
confound
3 uses
She confounded her critics.
confounded = frustrated
DefinitionGenerally confound means:
to confuse, prove wrong, frustrate, or express frustration
in various senses, including:
confuse or surprise — sometimes specifically to confuse one thing with another
  • "confounded by the puzzle" — confused or perplexed
  • "Test results confounded the experts." — surprised and confused
  • "Do not confound confidence with correctness." — mistake one thing for another
prove wrong, defeat, or frustrate
  • "The test results confounded my theory." — proved wrong
  • "Their defense confounded our offense." — defeated or frustrated
make worse
  • "She confounded the problem by painting without sanding." — made worse
  • "The task is complicated by other confounding factors." — making worse
an exclamation expressing anger or frustration
  • "Confound it! Will I ever get this thing to work?"
  • "I don't understand the confounded directions!"
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1st useScene 2.1
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contend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She contended with it
She contends with headaches.
contends = struggles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contend means:
to struggle
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disdain
1 use
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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1st useScene 1.2
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
She disputes her landlord's claim that the music was that loud.
disputes = challenges
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.3
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flourish
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
dismissed them with a flourish
She entered with a great flourish.
flourish = showy gesture
DefinitionGenerally this sense of flourish means:
a showy gesture

or:

the act of waving — a hand or an item
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1st useScene 1.4
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function
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Its main function is to...
The function of the lens of the eye is to focus light on the retina.
function = job or purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of function means:
purpose, job, or natural activity
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malicious
4 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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1st useScene 4.3
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pernicious
2 uses
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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1st useScene 4.1
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perturb
1 use
1  —1 use
perturbation of the orbit
If the perturbations are small, the procedure should work.
perturbations = a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perturbation means:
physics or astronomy:  a secondary influence on a system that causes it to deviate slightly
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1st useScene 5.1
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pious
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useScene 3.6
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provoke
4 uses
Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
provoked = caused — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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scorn
4 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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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.5
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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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1st useScene 4.3
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treason
6 uses
He was executed for treason in a time of war.
treason = betraying one's own country
DefinitionGenerally treason means:
betraying someone or something — typically betraying one's own country

(in this context, to betray is to not be loyal—often by helping enemies)
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1st useScene 2.1
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tyranny
3 uses
The U.S. constitution was designed with checks and balances and limited government to protect Americans from tyranny.
tyranny = a form of government where some people control others in a harsh, unfair manner
DefinitionGenerally tyranny means:
harsh and unjust rule
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.3
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valor
5 uses
She received a medal for valor.
valor = courage (exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle)
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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wrought
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
wrought iron
The windows have decorative wrought iron bars for security.
wrought = worked or crafted
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
worked — as when iron is shaped to fit by bending or beating
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.3
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