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An Ideal Husband

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affectation
3 uses
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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allude
2 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAct 3
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candid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAct 4
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses 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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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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desecrate
1 use
They desecrated the cemetery on Halloween night.
desecrated = violated the sacred nature of
DefinitionGenerally desecrate means:
violate the sacred nature of something
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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discretion
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Parental discretion advised.
This program contains violence that may not be appropriate for younger viewers. Parental discretion is advised.
discretion = good judgment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discretion means:
good judgment or good taste
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAct 3
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eloquent
2 uses
Her eloquence is unquestioned even amongst those who disagree with her.
eloquence = powerful use of language
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAct 4
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fraudulent
6 uses
She stole money by filing a fraudulent insurance claim.
fraudulent = intended to deceive
DefinitionGenerally fraudulent means:
intentional deception — usually for financial gain or ego
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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grave
7 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book7 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAct 1
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indignant
5 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book5 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAct 1
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infamous
5 uses
He is one of Chicago's most infamous mobsters.
infamous = famous (for something bad)
DefinitionGenerally infamous means:
having an exceedingly bad reputation
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 4
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invariably
3 uses
I tell myself to go to sleep early, but I invariably end up watching television late into the night.
invariably = almost always
DefinitionGenerally invariably means:
never changing; or always the same
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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loathe
3 uses
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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morbid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a morbid curiosity
She has a morbid interest in death.
morbid = disturbing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of morbid means:
suggesting death and decay; or an unhealthy interest in disturbing thoughts — such as of death or cruelty
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opera
5 uses
She is a popular opera singer.
opera = a classical music play in which most of the dialogue is sung
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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philanthropy
2 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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remorse
2 uses
There was no sign of remorse until the police caught her.
remorse = regret for doing something wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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scrupulous
3 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAct 1
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tedious
7 uses
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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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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yield
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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