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avarice
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We can try both to minimize greed and avarice and to channel them into directions beneficial to society.
avarice = excessive desire for wealth
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bereft
1 use
She is bereft of hope.
bereft = lacking (something desired)
DefinitionGenerally bereft means:
lacking something that is desired

or:

suffered great sadness because of loss or lack of something expected or strongly desired

or:

deprived (taken away something that is desired)
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blithe
3 uses
She spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.
blithe = carefree and happy
DefinitionGenerally blithe means:
carefree and happy — often unaware of or ignoring something that should be of concern
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capacious
3 uses
She carries a capacious bag.
capacious = very large
DefinitionGenerally capacious means:
large in capacity
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caustic
1 use
Don't get it on your skin. It's caustic.
caustic = harsh or capable of hurting skin (like a strong acid)
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
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comprehensive
2 uses
The site provides a comprehensive survey of world affairs.
comprehensive = including everything important
DefinitionGenerally comprehensive means:
large in scope; or including everything or everything important
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conducive
1 use
The dorm room was not conducive to studying.
conducive = helpful
DefinitionGenerally conducive means:
contribute (help lead to a result)
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constrained
1 use
The standard of living is ultimately constrained by worker productivity.
constrained = restricted
DefinitionGenerally constrained means:
restricted; or lacking spontaneity
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destitute
1 use
The article is entitled Destitute and Desperate in the Land of Plenty.
destitute = extremely poor
DefinitionGenerally destitute means:
extremely poor; or lacking the necessities of life such as food and shelter

The expression "destitute of" means:  lacking
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dominion
1 use
France held undisputed dominion over vast areas of Africa.
dominion = dominance or power
DefinitionGenerally dominion means:
dominance or power over others; or a region so dominated
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forbearance
2 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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foreshadow
1 use
The author is known for creative use of foreshadowing.
foreshadowing = using events as signs of future events
DefinitionGenerally foreshadow means:
to be a sign of future events
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fraught
1 use
The week following the diagnosis was fraught with difficult choices.
fraught = filled (with something negative)
DefinitionGenerally fraught means:
full of negative things; or marked by or causing distress
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latent
2 uses
She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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notwithstanding
3 uses
Notwithstanding other provisions of this contract, employee may be fired immediately if there is any material misrepresentation on employee's resume or job application.
notwithstanding = in spite of (used to connect contrasting ideas)

(In this case, even if other parts of the contract protect the employee from being fired without notice, the employee can be fired immediately for these reasons. The other parts of the contract do not withstand this part.)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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odious
2 uses
Though they think the country's government is odious, they're unwilling to help topple it for fear of the consequences.
odious = worthy of hate
DefinitionGenerally odious means:
extremely unpleasant, disgusting, dislikable, or worthy of hate
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resolution
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a New Year's resolution
Her New Year's resolution is to read deeply at least one hour a day.
resolution = a firm decision to do something
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supposition
2 uses
It is a foolish supposition.
supposition = something supposed (rather than something known to be so)
DefinitionGenerally supposition means:
something supposed (rather than something known to be so) — especially when others doubt that reality
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trifle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a trifling matter
We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.
trifling = small (of little importance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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2  —1 use as in:
trifle with her affections
She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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