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chronicle
2 uses
She chronicles daily events of interest in Twitter.
chronicles = records
DefinitionGenerally chronicle means:
a record of events (typically written) or the act of recording or telling of the events
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consequence
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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cynical
2 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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detestable
1 use
I think Umbridge is the most detestable character in the Harry Potter books.
detestable = deserving intense dislike
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dictate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dictate a letter
She dictated a letter to her secretary.
dictated = said out loud for the purpose of recording

(in this case, the implication is that the secretary is writing down what is said and will type it up as a letter to send)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dictate means:
say out loud for the purpose of recording
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effrontery
1 use
She had the effrontery to laugh at the mayor's request.
effrontery = impolite boldness
DefinitionGenerally effrontery means:
rude and disrespectful behavior — often made by someone who does not realize they are being rude — as when someone is presumptuous or impolitely bold
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grave
5 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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immaterial
1 use
For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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indifferent
2 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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indignant
8 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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interpose
1 use
She interposed herself between them before someone threw a punch.
interposed = inserted
DefinitionGenerally interpose means:
to insert between other elements; or to interrupt or stop action by others
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invariably
2 uses
I tell myself to go to sleep early, but I invariably end up watching television late into the night.
invariably = consistently or without variation
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notorious
1 use
He was a notorious drug dealer.
notorious = well known for something bad
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persistent
1 use
She has a persistent cough.
persistent = continuing
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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pretense
1 use
The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
pretense = an appearance to help pretend
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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recumbent
1 use
She likes a recumbent bicycle.
recumbent = lying down
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repentance
2 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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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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scoundrel
2 uses
He's a scoundrel. Don't trust him.
scoundrel = someone without moral principles
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speculate
2 uses
philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
speculated = thought and guessed without certainty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to guess without certainty

or:

to think about or consider something

or (more rarely):

to risk money in a financial venture
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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