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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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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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capricious
1 use
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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conciliatory
1 use
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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credulous
3 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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cynical
10 uses
The experience made her overly cynical.
cynical = someone who expects the worst — especially of people (such as expecting them to be selfish and lie)
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decorum
5 uses
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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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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fastidious
7 uses
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = 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:
naughtily or annoyingly playful

or:

tending to create mischief (minor harm — especially from bad behavior)
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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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pious
5 uses
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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prudent
4 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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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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Library6 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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reticent
1 use
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant — usually to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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scrupulous
11 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
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 that come from qualities of mind and character
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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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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