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The Importance of Being Earnest

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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
2 uses
1  —2 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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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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cultivate
1 use
We encourage our representatives to cultivate a close relationship with their clients.
cultivate = develop or grow
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development
in various senses, including:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
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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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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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effrontery
1 use
She had the effrontery to laugh at the mayor's request.
effrontery = rudeness
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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heresy
1 use
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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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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invariably
2 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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irrevocable
1 use
We agreed not to take any irrevocable action until after the meeting.
irrevocable = incapable of being undone
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ostentatious
1 use
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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precept
1 use
She accepts the Golden Rule as a precept.
precept = rule for behavior
DefinitionGenerally precept means:
a rule for behavior — especially a shared moral doctrine
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presumption
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is presumptuous
She is pushy and presumptuous. I can't stand to be around her.
presumptuous = exercising privileges to which one is not entitled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of presumptuous means:
exercising privileges to which one is not entitled — such as being too familiar or too bossy
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pretense
1 use
The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
pretense = false appearance
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
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recumbent
1 use
She likes a recumbent bicycle.
recumbent = lying down (a bicycle ridden in a reclined position)
DefinitionGenerally recumbent means:
lying down; or horizontal
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sententious
2 uses
Too often, she answers a tough question with a sententious banality.
sententious = trying (but failing) to be verbally impressive
DefinitionGenerally sententious means:
annoying attempt to sound smart or important

or more rarely (and typically in classic literature):

expressing wisdom or knowledge concisely
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subsequent
1 use
Her guess was proven right by subsequent developments.
subsequent = following
DefinitionGenerally subsequent means:
following something else
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