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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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depravity
1 use
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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dissemble
2 uses
After the primaries, she will dissemble her past statements to appear more moderate in her beliefs.
dissemble = be deceptive about
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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divine
2 uses
1  —2 uses 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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endure
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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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
2 uses
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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exeunt
30 uses
Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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expedient
1 use
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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fetter
1 use
She is fettered by old ideas whose time has passed.
fettered = hindered (held back)
DefinitionGenerally fetter means:
to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
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flout
7 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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infamy
2 uses
Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live on in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
infamy = famous for something bad
DefinitionGenerally infamy means:
famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
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obstinate
1 use
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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ostentatious
1 use
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = intense (of great emotional depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled their differences
She reconciled her checking account statement.
reconciled = brought into agreement (in this case, the statement from the bank with the record she kept in her check register)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to bring into agreement
The exact meaning of reconcile can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "We reconciled our differences and are on friendly terms now." — settled or found a way to accept
  • "They did break up, but they reconciled since then." — made up
  • "I need to reconcile my goals with my abilities." — make compatible
  • "I need to reconcile my checkbook." — get the checkbook numbers and the bank statement to agree
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reprove
1 use
She's the kind of boss who reproves in private and praises in public.
reproves = criticizes
DefinitionGenerally reprove means:
to express disapproval of one's actions to them
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temperate
1 use
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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wanton
1 use
She is known for wanton behavior.
wanton = excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and (especially in the past) sexual promiscuity
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zeal
1 use
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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