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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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conservatory
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1  —1 use as in:
plants in the conservatory
We visited the New York Botanical Garden Conservatory.
conservatory = a greenhouse in which plants are arranged in a pleasing manner
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defame
1 use
He threatened legal action if she continued to defame him in her articles.†
defame = to hurt someone's reputation through false statements
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denounce
1 use
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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detestable
2 uses
I think Umbridge is the most detestable character in the Harry Potter books.
detestable = deserving intense dislike
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discreet
2 uses
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discreet--not showy or gossipy
I leave my phone on silent mode, so it can alert me discreetly when I receive a text message.
discreetly = in a manner that is unlikely to attract attention
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discreet means:
trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
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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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filial
1 use
She tried to restrain her mother, so far as filial respect would allow.
filial = child-to-parent
DefinitionGenerally filial means:
relating to the relationship of children to their parents
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heresy
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It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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ignoble
1 use
There is something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude.
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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lax
1 use
Lax safeguards contributed to the oil spill.
lax = relaxed; or lacking in strictness or strength
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matrimony
1 use
They have moved in together, joined bank accounts, and are trying to have children, but have no interest in matrimony.
matrimony = marriage
DefinitionGenerally matrimony means:
the state of being a married
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nonchalant
1 use
I could tell she was nervous, but she was trying to look nonchalant.
nonchalant = calm and unconcerned
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
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prudent
1 use
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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ravishing
1 use
was ravishing in her new dress
ravishing = stunningly attractive
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remorse
2 uses
There was no sign of remorse until the police caught her.
remorse = deep regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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reproach
1 use
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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supercilious
1 use
I have come to hate her supercilious smile.
supercilious = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally supercilious means:
arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
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swindle
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She stole over a million dollars in her biggest swindle.
swindle = fraud (or deception) to steal money
DefinitionGenerally swindle means:
tricking or cheating someone — usually to get money
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taint
1 use
Authorities said the milk was tainted with rat poison.
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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