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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
We all agree that we want what's "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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apprehensive
1 use
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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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 for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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converge
1 use
The lines converge at this point
converge = come together
DefinitionGenerally converge means:
to come together; or to be adjacent or similar
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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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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an elaborate design
It's part of her elaborate plan for getting accepted at Harvard.
elaborate = complicated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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fallacy
1 use
The entire argument is built on a fallacy.
fallacy = a mistaken belief
DefinitionGenerally fallacy means:
a mistaken belief; or a common form of incorrect reasoning
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fracture
4 uses
fractured the shinbone
fractured = broke
DefinitionGenerally fracture means:
a crack (or break) of a hard object — such as bone or rock; or the act of cracking or breaking
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gaunt
2 uses
She looked gaunt from the chemotherapy.
gaunt = very thin
DefinitionGenerally gaunt means:
very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone
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hemorrhage
4 uses
A hemorrhage in the brain is common with shaken baby syndrome.
hemorrhage = to bleed excessively
DefinitionGenerally hemorrhage means:
severe bleeding — typically inside the body

or:

figurative use  to describe any rapid loss
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peasant
10 uses
Most people in the Middle Ages were peasants.
peasants = an historical term describing people of low income, education, and social standing
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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plateau
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
found on the plateau
The plateau is about half a mile above sea level.
plateau = high land that is reasonably flat
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prescribe
1 use
The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for the infection.
prescribed = gave medical instructions instructing that the patient should take
DefinitionGenerally prescribe means:
to recommend or require what should be done

or more specifically:

of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should take antibiotics
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probe
4 uses
There was a congressional probe into the scandal.
probe = investigation
DefinitionGenerally probe means:
to investigate; or an investigation

or:

any of various instrument used for investigation
instruments such as:
  • an instrument to measure electronic voltage
  • a surgical tool used for examination
  • an unmanned spacecraft used for exploration
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remorse
2 uses
There was no sign of remorse until the police caught her.
remorse = regret for doing something wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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sacrilege
1 use
They consider it sacrilege to depict Muhammad in a drawing.
sacrilege = disrespect of something sacred
DefinitionGenerally sacrilege means:
disrespect of something others consider important or sacred
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scrutiny
1 use
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
scrutinized = looked very carefully at

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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superficial
1 use
She has only superficial knowledge on the subject.
superficial = shallow
DefinitionGenerally superficial means:
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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uniform
1 use
A diverse committee will provide a better solution than a committee that is uniform.
uniform = the same (does not vary)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of uniform means:
consistent (the same in some way)
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valor
3 uses
She received a medal for valor.
valor = courage (exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle)
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
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