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Cyrano de Bergerac

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diminutive
1 use
She is a diminutive fighter pilot.
diminutive = very small
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efface
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
efface the memory
It is a shameful act I have never been able to efface or forget.
efface = remove completely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of efface means:
remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing
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futile
1 use
Resistance is futile.
futile = pointless because it cannot produce anything useful
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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grave
4 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
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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importune
1 use
She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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incisive
1 use
As usual, Mary's comments were incisive.
incisive = direct, clear, and sharp in thinking or expression
DefinitionGenerally incisive means:
direct, clear, and sharp in thinking or expression — often indicating a decisive person (makes decisions quickly) or a penetrating mind
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indifferent
2 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
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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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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inevitable
1 use
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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inimical
1 use
Her lack of discipline is inimical to achieving her goals.
inimical = harmful
DefinitionGenerally inimical means:
harmful or unfriendly
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = tiny
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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mock
12 uses
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
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Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
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obsequious
1 use
In the film, Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts character loved being served by obsequious sales clerks.
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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ostentatious
1 use
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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profuse
1 use
It grows profusely in this area.
profusely = abundantly
DefinitionGenerally profuse means:
abundant (a lot of something)
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ratify
1 use
The President already signed the treaty, but it won't take effect unless the Senate ratifies it.
ratifies = approves
DefinitionGenerally ratify means:
to approve — typically the formal approval of an agreement by an organization
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recite
6 uses
She recited a poem.
recited = said the lines of
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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resolute
1 use
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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revere
1 use
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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surreptitious
1 use
She stole a surreptitious glance at him.
surreptitious = done secretly or in a manner that avoids notice
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zeal
1 use
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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