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abhor
2 uses
She abhors violence.
abhors = hates or detests
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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antipathy
1 use
Cooperation is fueled by a shared antipathy toward Iran.
antipathy = strong dislike
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1st useChapter 7
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audacious
1 use
It was an audacious act of piracy.
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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benevolent
1 use
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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compunction
1 use
While most developed nations recognize the embargo, China ignores it without compunction.
compunction = a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
DefinitionGenerally compunction means:
guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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conjecture
1 use
She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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convivial
2 uses
They have convivial gatherings the second Tuesday of each month.
convivial = friendly and fun
DefinitionGenerally convivial means:
friendly and fun — especially (when of a person) fond of the pleasures of good company
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1st useChapter 6
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discern
2 uses
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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disdain
1 use
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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effrontery
1 use
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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inexorable
3 uses
as inexorable as death
inexorable = unstoppable
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1st useChapter 7
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innocuous
1 use
She made some innocuous comments while being careful not to hurt anyone's feelings.
innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb
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languid
3 uses
No urging could increase his languid pace.
languid = slow (lacking energy or relaxed)
DefinitionGenerally languid means:
lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a negative effect
Higher interest rates negatively affected home sales.
negatively = in a bad or harmful manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
bad or harmful
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
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obstinate
2 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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opulent
1 use
We were impressed by her opulent home.
opulent = magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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1st useChapter 4
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perfunctory
1 use
She gave us menus and a perfunctory smile.
perfunctory = done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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1st useChapter 6
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preclude
1 use
The first amendment precludes Congress from passing laws that create a state religion.
precludes = keeps from happening or arising
DefinitionGenerally preclude means:
keep from happening or arising
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1st useChapter 3
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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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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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