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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
abstract words such as glory, honor, courage, or hallow
abstract = conceptual (not associated with any specific instance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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anarchist
6 uses
Are you really anarchists?
anarchists = people who favor eliminating all government
DefinitionGenerally anarchist means:
someone who favors eliminating all government
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apprehensive
1 use
I watched them go down the road, their shawls close around them, looking back apprehensively at us.
apprehensively = worried over possible misfortune
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conceit
5 uses
I wouldn't mind him if he wasn't so conceited and...
conceited = excessively proud
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conceit means:
feelings of excessive pride
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conspicuous
1 use
I did not want to look conspicuous.
conspicuous = easily noticed so as to attract attention
DefinitionGenerally conspicuous means:
easily noticed — typically attracting attention such as by being large, flashy, or unusual
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dialect
4 uses
The girl who looked at me said something in a dialect I could not understand a word of.
dialect = a regional variety of a language
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edify
1 use
It was very edifying, baby.
edifying = instructive
DefinitionGenerally edify means:
to instruct — morally or intellectually
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an elaborate design
I think he believed it was something more elaborate than bread pudding.
elaborate = complex/special
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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fallacy
1 use
No, that is the great fallacy; the wisdom of old men.
fallacy = a common form of incorrect reasoning
DefinitionGenerally fallacy means:
a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning; or a common form of incorrect reasoning
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fracture
4 uses
You haven't any fracture.
fracture = crack (in the bone)
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
It was a very tall gaunt captain of artillery with a red scar along his jaw.
gaunt = very thin and bony
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
He said there was so much dirt blown into the wound that there had not been much hemorrhage.
hemorrhage = excessive bleeding
DefinitionGenerally hemorrhage means:
bleed excessively (verb and noun)
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peasant
10 uses
He doesn't want to see peasants. Let him go to centres of culture and civilization.
peasants = uneducated farmers
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
I had expected it to be flatter, more like a plateau.
plateau = high land that is reasonably flat
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probe
4 uses
Lacerations of the scalp (he probed Does that hurt?)
probed = investigated (explored the wound with a medical instrument)
DefinitionGenerally probe means:
to investigate; or an investigation

or:

any of various instrument used for investigation — 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
Even with remorse you will have a better time.
remorse = regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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superficial
1 use
Multiple superficial wounds of the left and right thigh and left and right knee and right foot.
superficial = surface
DefinitionGenerally superficial means:
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a tentative plan
We will go tentatively to Montreux.
tentatively = with an expectation that there may be changes
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uniform
1 use
I tried to make out whether they were members of the family or what; but they were all uniformly classical.
uniformly = consistently (the same in this way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of uniform means:
consistent (the same in some way)
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valor
3 uses
He has been proposed for the silver medal of valor.
valor = exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
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