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assail
1 use
Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns.
assailed = attacked
DefinitionGenerally assail means:
attack physically or verbally
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bastion
1 use
The universities were the last bastion of freedom, but they were purged of anyone who questioned official propaganda shortly after the coup.
bastion = defensive fortification
DefinitionGenerally bastion means:
defense or defensive fortification — such as people who defend a principle or fortifications that defend people from attack (especially the projecting part of a castle wall or rampart)
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chastise
1 use
She said the United Nations resolution amounted to chastising Israel for wanting to exist.
chastising = criticizing
DefinitionGenerally chastise means:
to scold or criticize
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convention
1 use
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to convene
She is at the convention in Las Vegas.
convention = large conference or meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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denizen
1 use
The book has photographs of deep sea creatures, and is called "Denizens of the Deep."
denizens = animals that inhabit a particular place
DefinitionGenerally denizen means:
a person or animal that inhabits or frequently visits a particular place
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dissipate
1 use
Airborne radiation dissipates over time and distance.
dissipates = gradually disappears
DefinitionGenerally dissipate means:
to gradually disappear; or to gradually waste
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distraught
2 uses
At the time, she was distraught over the loss of her child.
distraught = extremely distressed
DefinitionGenerally distraught means:
extremely distressed—typically with worry or grief
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exeunt
1 use
Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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forsake
1 use
The country must forsake terrorism as a political instrument.
forsake = abandon or give up
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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fraught
2 uses
The week following the diagnosis was fraught with difficult choices.
fraught = full of negative things; or anxiety-related
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hackneyed
1 use
She writes in a hackneyed manner with nothing original.
hackneyed = writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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invincible
1 use
They believe their army is invincible.
invincible = impossible to defeat or overcome
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provoke
4 uses
Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
provoked = caused — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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prudent
1 use
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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revere
5 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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scapegoat
1 use
She is a convenient scapegoat because she was chosen by the last administration.
scapegoat = someone to blame for the errors of others

(editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
DefinitionGenerally scapegoat means:
someone blamed or punished for the errors of others
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taint
1 use
Authorities said the milk was tainted with rat poison.
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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talon
2 uses
Bald eagle talons can measure as long as two inches.
talons = sharp hooked claws
DefinitionGenerally talon means:
a sharp hooked claw — especially on a bird of prey
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usurp
1 use
The lawsuit claims that the Federal Government is usurping rights reserved by the Constitution for state governments.
usurping = seizing or taking control without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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windward
1 use
The windward side of the island gets more rain.
windward = the direction from which the wind is coming
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