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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
With abrupt decision, Paul...
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
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augment
2 uses
The Fremen guard that augmented the surviving Fedaykin took up stations around the room.
augmented = enlarged or increased
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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censure
2 uses
But error on the side of caution cannot be censured.
censured = criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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deride
1 use
...and his tone of derision did not escape the Baron.
derision = disrespect — typically while laughing at or making fun of
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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diversify
1 use
I'd advise you to diversify your holdings.†
diversify = make more varied
DefinitionGenerally diversify means:
to make more varied

This is used to describe variation in some things so frequently that they can be implied by the general context without a need to state them explicitly — such as:
  • with regard to people — varying races, ethnicities, and genders
  • with regard to investments — varying types of investments
  • with regard to a company — varying sources of business
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dominate
13 uses
Even without her position as hostess, Jessica would have dominated the group, he thought.
dominated = been most influential or powerful
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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emerge
38 uses
a sudden emergence into a clearing
emergence = appearance as entering
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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emulate
2 uses
Paul studied Idaho, marking the feline movements, the swiftness of reflex that made him such a difficult weapons teacher to emulate.
emulate = imitate (copy)
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ephemeral
1 use
Now, they came in with deeper plantings — ephemerals...
ephemerals = existing only for a short time (in this case ephemerals refers specifically to flowers that bloom only a very short time)
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furtive
4 uses
a way of hiding from the youth, a furtiveness of person and motives that no eye could penetrate.
furtiveness = a disposition to be stealthy (taking pains to avoid being observed)
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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guile
1 use
without pretense or guile
guile = cunning (shrewd, clever) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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inevitable
6 uses
Why prolong the inevitable?
inevitable = that which is certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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nexus
11 uses
She thought of the boy's features as an exquisite distillation out of random patterns—endless queues of happenstance meeting at this nexus.†
nexus = an important connection; or a place where things connect or come together
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obscure
4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
He tells us that a single obscure decision of prophecy, perhaps the choice of one word over another, could change the entire aspect of the future.
obscure = seemingly unimportant
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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?  —3 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
revere
8 uses
We will treat your comrade with the same reverence we treat our own,
reverence = deep respect
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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scrutiny
2 uses
No doubt your books will bear the closest scrutiny
scrutiny = careful inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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soporific
5 uses
Paul remained silent, probing with his inner senses, examining the blood from the wound, finding a trace of soporific from the Emperor's blade.†
soporific = tending to make one sleepy
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summon
34 uses
When he threw the latch, the thumper would begin its summons.
summons = call (to come)
DefinitionGenerally summon means:
to call forth
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Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
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suppress
17 uses
Paul suppressed a laugh.
suppressed = prevented (stopped/controlled)
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control — in many senses such as:
  • to stop others from doing something by force
  • to keep something from happening
  • to keep news from spreading
  • to control an emotion
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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windward
7 uses
You can see by the way it's wind-cut that's the windward face.†
windward = the direction from which the wind is coming
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