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acrimony
1 use
Before the discussion could get acrimonious, they were accosted by the Shoenbergers and fission rapidly occurred.
acrimonious = angry and bitter
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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aesthetic
1 use
had no interest in esthetics
esthetics = what is considered beautiful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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austere
1 use
Of the faiths that had existed before the coming of the Overlords, only a form of purified Buddhism-perhaps the most austere of all religions-still survived.
austere = lacking luxury
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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benevolent
2 uses
If you want a single proof of the essential-how shall I put it?—benevolence of the Overlords, think of that cruelty-to-animals order which they made within a month of their arrival.
benevolence = kindness
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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cease
14 uses
He had ceased to wonder if the action was wise,
ceased = stopped
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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disperse
1 use
The trade routes that had once converged on the great harbours, and later on the great airports, had finally dispersed into an intricate web-work covering the whole world with no major nodal points.
dispersed = spread
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disperse means:
to scatter or cause to spread
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eccentric
3 uses
And what earlier ages would have called vice was now no more than eccentricity—or, at the worst, bad manners.
eccentricity = strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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enigma
1 use
That was just another of the enigmas he never solved.
enigmas = unexplainable things
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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grave
5 uses
And for every person who has signed, there are many who feel grave doubts about the wisdom, not to mention the rightness of this Federation plan.
grave = serious (important)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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heresy
1 use
Usually she kept these heretical opinions to herself;
heretical = unpopular
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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however   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 30 uses
1  —24 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Even before these impersonal electric minds had arrived at their conclusions, however, the Inspector had given his own recommendations.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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2  —6 uses as in:
However much she tried...
It is todo something, however small it may be, better than anyone else.†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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indifferent
12 uses
The Overlords seemed largely indifferent to forms of government, provided that they were not oppressive or corrupt.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
They were naked and filthy, with matted hair obscuring their eyes.
obscuring = making less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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2  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
...scientists anxious to carry out obscure tests with complicated instruments.
obscure = not understood by many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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orthodox
1 use
It was hard for anyone with his training in orthodox science to accept the evidence that had now come into his hands.
orthodox = normal (describing thinking or behavior as commonly or traditionally accepted)
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polygamy
1 use
It was such a nuisance that men were fundamentally polygamous.
polygamous = wanting more than 1 wife
DefinitionGenerally polygamy means:
the practice of being married to more than one person at the same time
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prudent
1 use
... and a prudent man would consider taking out an insurance policy.
prudent = careful and sensible
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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repudiate
1 use
...repudiated optimism and pessimism alike.
repudiated = rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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strata
1 use
Countless times the strata bad creaked and shifted, as the unimaginable weight of water disturbed their precarious equilibrium.
strata = layers
DefinitionGenerally strata means:
layers

or:

levels, classes, or groups into which people or other things are divided
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