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approbation
1 use
She is not motivated by popular approbation.
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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begrudge
11 uses
I don't begrudge her making a profit, but this is unreasonable.
begrudge = resent (feel bitter about)
DefinitionGenerally begrudge means:
to resent (feel bitterness—usually over unfairness); or to give unwillingly
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 58
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circumspect
1 use
She's too circumspect to make that kind of mistake.
circumspect = thoughtful of all circumstances and consequences
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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deceit
5 uses
I'll never forget her deceit.
deceit = the act of deceiving (lying to or misleading someone)
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
She didn't forget. She deliberately skipped the meeting.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 53
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detach
3 uses
She spoke in a cold, detached manner as though she didn't care about him any more.
detached = emotionally uninvolved (separated from emotions)
DefinitionGenerally detach means:
to separate something from something else (physically or emotionally)
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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engender
3 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 50
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expiate
1 use
She knows she can't expiate her sins, but hopes to heal some of the wounds.
expiate = make up for (do enough good to make up for the wrongs)
DefinitionGenerally expiate means:
atone (demonstrate sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good to make up for the wrong, or accepting punishment)
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1st useChapter 39
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flout
8 uses
Don't flout the rules.
flout = openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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gaunt
5 uses
She looked gaunt from the chemotherapy.
gaunt = very thin and bony
DefinitionGenerally gaunt means:
very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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irrevocable
3 uses
We agreed not to take any irrevocable action until after the meeting.
irrevocable = incapable of being undone
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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liable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
She's so busy, she's liable to forget.
liable = likely to; or maybe going to
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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monotonous
2 uses
The cafeteria food is good, but it gets monotonous after a while.
monotonous = lacking in variety — typically boring
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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mortal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39
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muse
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
her musings
He mused aloud about the afternoon's developments.
mused = reflected (thought) deeply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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oblige
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I am much obliged to you for your help.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 46
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omnipotent
1 use
She believes God is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent.
omnipotent = all powerful
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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poise
4 uses
She has great charm and great poise.
poise = composure; or calm confidence — even when under pressure
DefinitionGenerally poise means:
in control or prepared

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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rapt
4 uses
She watched with rapt attention.
rapt = deep interest and focus — often while admiring
DefinitionGenerally rapt means:
deeply interested and focused upon — often while admiring
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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