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agitate
4 uses
Our goal is to agitate public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitate = stir up (create or increase emotional unrest)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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Book4 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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anxiety
3 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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appropriate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
it is appropriate
These clothes aren't appropriate for work.
appropriate = suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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arrogant
1 use
She is rude and arrogant.
arrogant = having an excessive sense of superiority
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chaos
1 use
The country entered a period of civil war and chaos.
chaos = a state of extreme confusion and disorder
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consequence
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
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diagnose
21 uses
She diagnosed the disease as...
diagnosed = determine or identify the nature of a problem or an illness
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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exemplary
1 use
I appreciate your exemplary behavior.
exemplary = serving as an example — especially a good one
DefinitionGenerally exemplary means:
serving as an example — especially one from which to draw a lesson

For instance:

        an example to copy:  exemplary behavior

        an example to avoid:  exemplary punishment
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inevitable
1 use
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
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innate
1 use
She has an innate musical talent that cannot be taught.
innate = present at birth
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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nonchalant
1 use
I could tell she was nervous, but she was trying to look nonchalant.
nonchalant = calm and unconcerned
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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obliterate
1 use
Hillary Clinton warned Iran that the U.S. could obliterate them if they were foolish enough to attack Israel.
obliterate = do away with completely
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ominous
1 use
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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persistent
2 uses
She has a persistent cough.
persistent = continuing
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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provincial
1 use
In that well-traveled company I felt uncomfortably provincial.
provincial = unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly—often to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of provincial means:
unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
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provoke
4 uses
Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
provoked = caused — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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scrutiny
1 use
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
scrutinized = looked very carefully at
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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suburban
6 uses
She drives from her home in the suburbs to her office downtown.
suburbs = residential districts located on the outskirts of a city (near the city, but far from the center of it)
DefinitionGenerally suburban means:
relating to a residential district located on the outskirts of a city (near the city, but far from the center of it)
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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superfluous
1 use
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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transient
1 use
The harvest is dependent upon transient laborers.
transient = staying only a short time
DefinitionGenerally transient means:
lasting a short time

or:  

one who stays for only a short time
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