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The Two Gentlemen of Verona

Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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abhor
1 use
She abhors violence.
abhors = hates
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.3
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abridge
1 use
The first commercially available audiobook was a 1981 abridged version of the Doctor Who story, State of Decay.
abridged = shortened
DefinitionGenerally abridge means:
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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banish
14 uses
He was banished from his own country.
banished = forced to leave
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of
in various senses, including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
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Book14 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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censure
1 use
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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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 2.1
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commend
8 uses
I commend you for a good job.
commend = praise
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.2
confer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
confer with her coach
The doctors conferred and then recommended a plan of action.
conferred = met to talk something over
DefinitionGenerally this sense of confer means:
have a conference in order to talk something over
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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discourse
8 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
1st useScene 1.3
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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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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 1.2
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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 2.7
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entreat
4 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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.2
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forbearance
6 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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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.7
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forswear
9 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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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.5
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lament
4 uses
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief about
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 4.4
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penitent
2 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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.4
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = see (become aware of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 4.2
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perjury
4 uses
She was not found guilty of the theft, but was found guilty of perjury during her testimony to the grand jury.
perjury = the criminal offense of telling lies in court after formally promising to tell the truth
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.6
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scorn
5 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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Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.1
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writ
16 uses
Her attorney filed for a writ of habeas corpus.
writ = an order issued by a court or judicial officer
DefinitionGenerally writ means:
law:  an order issued by a court or judicial officer

or more rarely:

archaic term for written or wrote
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Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
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