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The Taming of the Shrew

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adversary
1 use
She is his greatest adversary.
adversary = opponent
DefinitionGenerally adversary means:
an opponent
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 1.2
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arrogant
1 use
She is rude and arrogant.
arrogant = having an excessive sense of superiority
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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beseech
3 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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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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
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controversy
1 use
The film benefited from the controversy.
controversy = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally controversy means:
disagreement — especially regarding a public issue that arouses strong feelings
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SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 5.1
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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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1st useScene 2.1
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exeunt
25 uses
Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 0.1
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expound
1 use
You will be asked to expound on a teacher-selected topic from the book.
expound = discuss in detail
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
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forthwith
2 uses
The judge ordered her release "forthwith."
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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1st useScene 4.3
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importune
1 use
She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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ingenious
1 use
It was an ingenious solution to the problem—as reliable as it was easy.
ingenious = showing inventiveness and skill
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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notorious
1 use
He was a notorious drug dealer.
notorious = well known for something bad
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.1
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pithy
1 use
I follow her pithy commentary on Twitter.
pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
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revere
2 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 0.1
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shrewd
4 uses
She is a shrewd negotiator.
shrewd = smart
DefinitionGenerally shrewd means:
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useScene 1.1
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simile
1 use
When she said he was "as subtle as a sledgehammer," she was using ironic simile.
simile = a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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stoic
1 use
She suffered quietly, courageously, with a stoic acceptance of her illness.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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tedious
1 use
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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.2
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untoward
1 use
She was embarrassed by his untoward behavior.
untoward = improper or awkward
DefinitionGenerally untoward means:
improper, awkward, or unfavorable
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1st useScene 4.5
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usurp
1 use
The lawsuit claims that the Federal Government is usurping rights reserved by the Constitution for state governments.
usurping = seizing or taking control without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 0.1
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