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craven
1 use
the craven fellow turned and ran
craven = exceedingly cowardly
DefinitionGenerally craven means:
exceedingly cowardly; or someone who is exceedingly cowardly
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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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despondent
1 use
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = emotionally depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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discern
1 use
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = notice or see (something that is not obvious)
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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divine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
divined from tea leaves
She claims she can divine the future with a crystal ball.
divine = to predict or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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exeunt
1 use
Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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flout
2 uses
The current enforcement policy encourages people to flout the law.
flout = openly disregard
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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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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hapless
3 uses
a hapless victim†
hapless = unlucky or unfortunate — often making others feel pity
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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inveterate
1 use
She's an inveterate gossip.
inveterate = habitual
DefinitionGenerally inveterate means:
habitual; or something of long standing
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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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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quibble
1 use
Let's not quibble over pennies.
quibble = argue about unimportant things
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue about unimportant things; or an argument or complaint about something unimportant
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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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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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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
Three people died from eating the tainted ice cream.
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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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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 = taking without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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vindicate
1 use
He was eager to vindicate his actions.
vindicate = show to be right
DefinitionGenerally vindicate means:
show to be right or justified
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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