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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book8 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
reached an accord
They're hoping to have a stronger climate-change accord by the end of the year.
accord = agreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
an agreement
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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amiable
1 use
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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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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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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brusque
1 use
She is known for her brusque manner and brief meetings.
brusque = abrupt (not taking the time to be friendly)
DefinitionGenerally brusque means:
abrupt (sudden and quick — without taking the time to be friendly)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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desist
1 use
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43
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dexterity
1 use
The study found that video games improve hand dexterity and mental spatial ability.
dexterity = adroitness (skill) — physical and/or mental
DefinitionGenerally dexterity means:
adroitness (skill) — with the hands or mind
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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diffident
1 use
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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distend
1 use
One method of declawing is to severe the tendon that allows the claws to distend.
distend = extend
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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duplicity
1 use
I trust her. Duplicity isn't in her nature or her tool kit.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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expedite
1 use
Is there a way to expedite the paperwork, so we don't miss our deadline?
expedite = make sure something happens faster than normal
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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flaccid
1 use
His flaccid handshake, didn't fill me with confidence.
flaccid = lacking firmness or strength
DefinitionGenerally flaccid means:
lacking in firmness or strength
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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heresy
2 uses
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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impede
1 use
She is impeding the progress of our project
impeding = slowing or preventing
DefinitionGenerally impede means:
create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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levity
1 use
Despite the tension, she managed to inject a bit of levity into the news conference.
levity = lightheartedness (feeling amusement or a lack of seriousness)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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lugubrious
1 use
It's hard to say "No" to that lugubrious hound-dog face.
lugubrious = excessively mournful
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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portent
1 use
believes the Golden Globe Awards are portents of the upcoming Academy Awards
portents = signs of things about to happen
DefinitionGenerally portent means:
a sign of something about to happen
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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remuneration
1 use
It was inadequate remuneration to make up for his expenses.
remuneration = payment
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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trite
1 use
I know it sounds trite, but I love her; and that changes everything.
trite = lacking impact — typically because it is common or overused
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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