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ascetic
3 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book3 uses
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benevolent
4 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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credulous
4 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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decorum
6 uses
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = proper manners and conduct
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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digress
2 uses
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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disparage
3 uses
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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dispose
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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fastidious
7 uses
She is fastidious in her work.
fastidious = careful and attentive to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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mischievous
7 uses
She flashed a mischievous grin and threw the water balloon.
mischievous = playful — often in an annoying or naughty way
DefinitionGenerally mischievous means:
playfully causing minor trouble; or describing the smile of someone doing so
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obstinate
6 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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pious
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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prudent
2 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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repentance
15 uses
Prisoners who show repentance are more likely to be released on parole.
repentance = regret for having done wrong with a desire to be a better person in the future
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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Book15 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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repudiate
4 uses
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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scrupulous
11 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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socialism
11 uses
She believes that more socialism would be more fair.
socialism = an economic system based on government ownership and control of all companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
DefinitionGenerally socialism means:
an economic system based on government ownership or control of all important companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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temperament
13 uses
She has the experience, temperament, and judgment for the job.
temperament = character resulting in mood and tendencies
DefinitionGenerally this sense of temperament means:
usual mood and tendencies
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vulgar
13 uses
Her vulgarity was a turnoff.
vulgarity = crudeness (showing of bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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wretch
4 uses
Pity the poor wretch.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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