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bombastic
1 use
The media relishes her bombastic style.
bombastic = pompous or pretentious talk or writing

(often using difficult words to make something sound more important than it is or to make the speaker sound more intelligent)
DefinitionGenerally bombastic means:
pompous or pretentious talk or writing

(often using difficult words in an attempt to make something sound more important than it is or to make the speaker sound more intelligent)
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circumscribe
1 use
I will not let their expectations circumscribe how I live my life.
circumscribe = restrict  the boundaries of
DefinitionGenerally circumscribe means:
to restrict something within set limits; or draw a circle around or surround
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concise
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She deducts points if the paper is not concise enough.
concise = expressing much in few words
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consummate
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She is the consummate professional who never lets her personal life intrude on her responsibilities at the office.
consummate = to an extreme degree
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consummate means:
perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree
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denounce
1 use
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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discord
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1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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effrontery
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She had the effrontery to laugh at the mayor's request.
effrontery = impolite boldness
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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impudent
1 use
She is an impudent girl given to insulting strangers.
impudent = improperly bold or disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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ingenuous
1 use
She plays a wide-eyed, ingenuous schoolgirl forced to grow up too quickly.
ingenuous = innocent as in lacking in sophistication or worldliness — especially in being direct and not masking feelings
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insipid
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I don't care for the author. I think her novels are insipid.
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
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intractable
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What do you think is the most intractable issue of our era?
intractable = difficult
DefinitionGenerally intractable means:
difficult in various senses:
  • of problems or disease:  difficult to solve or cure
  • of people or animals:  difficult to manage or control
  • of materials:  difficult to manipulate
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laudable
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I appreciate his laudable efforts to save the environment.
laudable = worthy of high praise
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officious
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She plays the role of a well-meaning but officious classmate who thinks she knows what's best for everyone.
officious = intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
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pious
2 uses
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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precipitate
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adj as in: a precipitate decision
I had planned to ask her, but she made a precipitate departure.
precipitate = sudden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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prodigal
1 use
The rainforest is filled with a prodigal variety of vegetation.
prodigal = abundant (many, many kinds)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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remorse
2 uses
There was no sign of remorse until the police caught her.
remorse = deep regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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satiate
1 use
The candy satiated my craving for sugar.
satiated = satisfied
DefinitionGenerally satiate means:
to satisfy or indulge a hunger; or fill to satisfaction
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virtuoso
1 use
She is a violin virtuoso.
virtuoso = someone who is spectacularly skilled in a particular field
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