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apprehend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehend misfortune
It can be worse to apprehend than to suffer.
apprehend = fear, or anticipate with worry

(editor's note:  This is commonly seen in the forms apprehensive or apprehension, but it is also seen in this form in classic literature.)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.2
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approbation
2 uses
She is not motivated by popular approbation.
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.3
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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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 2.4
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beseech
10 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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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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calumny
2 uses
He denied all such allegations as "lies, calumny, and manipulation."
calumny = false accusations
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.4
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condemn   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
She condemned their plan
We condemn racism wherever it is found.
condemn = strongly criticize
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
express strong criticism
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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2  —1 use as in:
was condemned to life in prison
The murderer was condemned to death by injection.
condemned = legally sentenced (to punishment)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court (and sometimes to death)

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.1
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entreat
5 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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forbearance
2 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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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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forfeit
7 uses
We had to forfeit the deposit.
forfeit = lose
DefinitionGenerally forfeit means:
to lose or surrender something — often as a penalty
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.1
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infallible
2 uses
She considers the Pope infallible.
infallible = never wrong
DefinitionGenerally infallible means:
never wrong; or never failing
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.2
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manifest
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
manifest destiny
Domestic violence doesn't always manifest as physical abuse.
manifest = show (make itself known)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.2
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mitigate
1 use
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = serving to make less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 1.2
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penitent
5 uses
When her anger passed, she was penitent.
penitent = sorry for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.2
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pernicious
3 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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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.4
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redemption
1 use
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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.4
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repentance
6 uses
Prisoners who show repentance are more likely to be released on parole.
repentance = regret for having done wrong with a desire to be a better person in the future
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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resolve
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
Three of the five issues have already been resolved.
resolved = settled or solved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 3.1
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slander
9 uses
In the United States, it is extremely difficult for someone famous to win a slander lawsuit—almost no matter what is said.
slander = telling lies that damage the reputation of another
DefinitionGenerally slander means:
lie to damage the reputation of another; or the lies told
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.1
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