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affable
3 uses
She's an affable, never-met-someone-she-didn't-like kind of woman.
affable = good natured and sociable
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amiable
1 use
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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1st useScene 5.2
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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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construe
2 uses
The executive branch does not construe the provision as requiring it to share additional information with Congress.
construe = interpret
DefinitionGenerally construe means:
to interpret something as having a specific meaning
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
We will not countenance torture.
countenance = to tolerate or approve
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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cunning
6 uses
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = cleverly tricky
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 0.1
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daunt
1 use
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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digress
1 use
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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diligent
2 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Library5 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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.2
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engender
1 use
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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entreat
14 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book14 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.2
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forbearance
1 use
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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forswear
6 uses
The group has forsworn terrorism in favor of negotiating an end to the conflict.
forsworn = renounced or disavowed
DefinitionGenerally forswear means:
to decide to stop doing something; or to renounce or disavow something

or (more rarely):  to lie — especially while under oath
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Book6 uses
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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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1st useScene 1.1
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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1st useScene 2.1
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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3  —1 use as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
Three of the five issues have already been resolved.
resolved = solved or settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 4.2
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