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austere
1 use
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.4
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blasphemy
1 use
The government of the Muslim nation monitors major websites for blasphemy.
blasphemy = disrespect of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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contract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
She signed the contract.
contract = a written agreement that is enforceable by law
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.3
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decorum
1 use
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.4
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exeunt
25 uses
Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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Book25 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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grave
1 use
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.6
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importune
2 uses
She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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iniquity
1 use
That was when I realized I had to climb up from the depths of iniquity.
iniquity = immorality
DefinitionGenerally iniquity means:
immorality; or an immoral act
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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
They agreed to have her judge the contest because everyone admires her integrity.
integrity = having strong moral principles — especially honesty
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 5.1
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mitigate
1 use
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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1st useScene 1.2
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penury
1 use
The couple suffered from substance abuse, gambling, lack of family support, and other social ills that lead to penury.
penury = extreme poverty
DefinitionGenerally penury means:
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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pious
1 use
1  —1 use 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 1.4
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remiss
2 uses
I'd be remiss in this overview if I didn't also mention...
remiss = careless — not doing a good job
DefinitionGenerally remiss means:
careless — especially with regard to a duty
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1st useScene 2.2
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remorse
2 uses
There was no sign of remorse until the police caught her.
remorse = deep regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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reproach
1 use
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.1
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resolute
1 use
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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sanctimonious
1 use
Everyone is tired of her sanctimonious attitude.
sanctimonious = acting morally superior to others
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servile
1 use
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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superfluous
1 use
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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1st useScene 3.1
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tedious
2 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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