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A Midsummer Night's Dream

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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
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beguile
2 uses
Few men could remain detached while looking into her beguiling eyes.
beguiling = enchanting; or enchanting and deceptive
DefinitionGenerally beguile means:
to charm, enchant, or entertain someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
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chide
4 uses
She constantly chides me for my grammar.
chides = corrects or criticizes
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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Cupid
8 uses
She must have been struck by one of Cupid's arrows.
Cupid = Roman mythology:  god of love; a small, winged boy whose arrows make those struck fall in love
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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deride
4 uses
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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1st useScene 3.2
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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
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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discourse
4 uses
The event has elevated the level of public discourse on this issue.
discourse = conversation (or the exchange of ideas) on a particular topic
DefinitionGenerally discourse means:
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic

or much more rarely: to speak or write formally on a particular topic; or to have a conversation
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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disdain
2 uses
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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disparage
1 use
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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1st useScene 3.2
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doting
9 uses
She has doting parents.
doting = demonstrating love and uncritical affection
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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enmity
1 use
The war has deepened tribal enmity.
enmity = hatred between enemies
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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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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loathe
4 uses
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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Monsieur
11 uses
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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mortal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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revel
5 uses
She reveled in her freedom.
reveled = took delight in
DefinitionGenerally revel means:
to take delight in

or:

to party — especially in a noisy way
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scorn
12 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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Book12 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.1
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tedious
5 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useScene 5.2
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2  —5 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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