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acquiesce
1 use
He'd flattered me—he understood me well enough to know I craved flattery—and in gratitude, I acquiesced.
acquiesced = reluctantly complied (with his wishes)
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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acute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
acute pain
The resident could put us on that stuff too, in an "acute" situation.
acute = a severely negative event with a rapid onset
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (a severely negative event) — often with a rapid onset
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adjacent
1 use
He strode off to the adjacent room, where I could hear him talking on the phone.
adjacent = nearby
DefinitionGenerally adjacent means:
very near — often directly beside
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audacious
1 use
Sometimes they had the audacity to ask where someone was.
audacity = boldness to violate social norms
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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chronic
5 uses
The result was chronic emptiness and boredom.
chronic = long-lasting (of something bad)
DefinitionGenerally chronic means:
of something bad:  long-lasting — especially of disease
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component
1 use
Trying to diminish the size of your tongue, you focus your attention on its components: tip, smooth,-back, bumpy,-sides, scratchy, as noted earlier (vitamin deficiency), roots—trouble.
components = parts
DefinitionGenerally component means:
a part of something
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conciliatory
1 use
"I've got a bed for you," he said. "It'll be a rest. Just for a couple of weeks, okay?" He sounded conciliatory, or pleading, and I was afraid.
conciliatory = desirous of building trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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converge
1 use
I banged the inside, where the veins converge.
converge = come together
DefinitionGenerally converge means:
to come together; or to be adjacent or similar
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criteria
2 uses
There were no objective criteria for deciding to put someone into seclusion.
criteria = reference points against which things can be evaluated
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elusive
1 use
All these things were slippery and elusive.
elusive = difficult to get a hold of
DefinitionGenerally elusive means:
difficult to get a hold of

(mentally such as a memory or description; or externally such as an achievement or physical capture)
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objective
1 use
There were no objective criteria for deciding to put someone into seclusion.
objective = fact-based (not influenced by personal feelings or preferences)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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paradox
2 uses
There are roots to the tongue. You've seen them, and if you put your finger in your mouth you can feel them, but you can't feel them with the tongue. It's a paradox.
paradox = a situation that is true but is surprising because parts of it seem to contradict each other
DefinitionGenerally paradox means:
a situation or statement that may be true but is surprising or seems impossible because parts of it seem to contradict each other
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perception
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
perception of injustice
The point is, the brain talks to itself, and by talking to itself changes its perceptions.
perceptions = beliefs or opinions formed by viewing things a certain way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perception means:
a belief or opinion formed by viewing things a certain way
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pernicious
1 use
There were more pernicious results as well:
pernicious = harmful
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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pervasive
4 uses
An essential feature of this disorder is a pervasive pattern of instability of self-image, interpersonal relationships, and mood, beginning in early adulthood and present in a variety of contexts.
pervasive = commonly seen throughout
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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predominant
1 use
The predominant quality of the slow form is viscosity.
predominant = most noticeable (most important)
DefinitionGenerally predominant means:
most frequent, common, or important; or having more power and influence
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
It's accurate but it isn't profound.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or insight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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refute
1 use
I'm tempted to try refuting it, but then I would be open to the further charges of "defensiveness" and "resistance."
refuting = proving it wrong
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or argue that something is false
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secluded
18 uses
One of the worst things we watched, though, was Lisa coming out of seclusion two days later.
seclusion = separation from others
DefinitionGenerally secluded means:
separated from the presence of others
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taint
2 uses
In the world's terms, though, all of us were tainted.
tainted = spoiled (so as to be undesirable)
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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