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All Quiet on the Western Front

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abstract
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
abstract thought
We all agree that we want what's "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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abyss
3 uses
At the end of the story, Gandalf falls with the demon into the abyss.
abyss = seemingly bottomless pit
DefinitionGenerally abyss means:
a hole or dropoff so deep the bottom cannot be seen — often used figuratively to imply a frightening bottomless pit
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apparition
3 uses
Hamlet saw an apparition at midnight.
apparition = a ghostlike figure
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apparition means:
a ghostlike figure or its appearance
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armistice
3 uses
The Korean War armistice has yet to be followed with a peace treaty.
armistice = agreement to temporarily stop fighting
DefinitionGenerally armistice means:
an agreement to temporarily stop fighting a war — typically to discuss terms of peace
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banal
1 use
The movie was banal, but it led to a fascinating conversation.
banal = uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual
DefinitionGenerally banal means:
uninteresting due to a lack of anything original or unusual

(editor's note:  This word is correctly pronounced differently by various educated speakers of American English.)
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
It was once conventional wisdom that the earth is flat.
conventional = normal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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disconcerting
3 uses
It was disconcerting to realize the experts don't really understand what is going on either.
disconcerting = disturbing
DefinitionGenerally disconcerting means:
disrupt composure — such as to confuse or worry
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forage
2 uses
forage for firewood
forage = searched for and gathered
DefinitionGenerally forage means:
to search for and gather — often food and provisions
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intrigue
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
involved in intrigue
I try to avoid political intrigue.
intrigue = secret schemes or plots
DefinitionGenerally this sense of intrigue means:
a secret scheme or plot
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melancholy
5 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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monotonous
5 uses
We hope to replace people with robots for the most monotonous work.
monotonous = lacking variety and boring
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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onslaught
2 uses
They withstood the onslaught and counterattacked.
onslaught = powerful attack
DefinitionGenerally onslaught means:
a powerful attack

or:

a sudden and enormous amount of something that must be handled — such as trouble, people or communications
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predominant
1 use
In the summer, our afternoon breezes come predominantly from the southwest.
predominantly = most commonly
DefinitionGenerally predominant means:
most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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scorn
2 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = rejected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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simulate
2 uses
A computer model is used to simulate the effects of wind.
simulate = imitate or represent
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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superficial
3 uses
She has only superficial knowledge on the subject.
superficial = shallow
DefinitionGenerally superficial means:
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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supple
2 uses
Yoga keeps my body supple.
supple = moving and bending easily
DefinitionGenerally supple means:
moving and bending easily — sometimes used figuratively to indicate mental flexibility when adapting to different conditions
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sustain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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tact
1 use
She has the tact of a politician or diplomat.
tact = the ability and tendency to say or handle things in such a way that others feel good about them
DefinitionGenerally tact means:
the ability or act of saying or handling things in such a way that others feel good about them
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tetanus
2 uses
The Masai guide said members of his tribe have a gap cut between their front teeth so that nutrients cam be consumed in the event of tetanus (lockjaw).
tetanus = a deadly bacterial infection that results in muscle spasms whose symptoms include locking the jaw tightly closed
DefinitionGenerally tetanus means:
a bacterial infection typically contracted through a puncture wound with a dirty object; prevented by the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine and by subsequent booster shots every 10 years
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