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Age of Reason
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The Age of Reason saw a separation of philosophy and theology.†
Age of Reason = a movement in the 17th century that advocated the use of reason in the reappraisal of accepted ideas and social institutions — especially in Britain, France, & Germany
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amorous
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She rejected his amorous advances.
amorous = romantic or sexual
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anodyne
1 use
the anodyne properties of certain drugs
anodyne = soothing or comforting
DefinitionGenerally anodyne means:
a medicine used to relieve pain

or:

something soothing, comforting or mild so as not to upset
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assiduous
1 use
She is an assiduous student who expects to earn A's.
assiduous = diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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brevity
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I'm not sure they appreciated her speech, but I know they liked its brevity.
brevity = lasting a short time
DefinitionGenerally brevity means:
the use of just a few words; or lasting a short time
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conciliatory
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Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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fastidious
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She is fastidious in her work.
fastidious = careful and attentive to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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indifferent
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About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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inevitable
5 uses
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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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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minute
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1  —1 use as in:
minute size
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = tiny
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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notorious
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He was a notorious drug dealer.
notorious = well known for something bad
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passage
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Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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persistent
1 use
She has a persistent cough.
persistent = continuing
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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pious
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1  —1 use as in:
cling to the pious hope
She is clinging to the pious hope that everyone will just start to get along.
pious = sincerely felt, but highly unlikely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
(describing a hope or wish as) sincere, but highly unlikely
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prosaic
3 uses
It was a prosaic and unimaginative essay.
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
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revere
1 use
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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scrupulous
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You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Shakespeare
51 uses
As Shakespeare said, "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
Shakespeare = author widely regarded as the greatest in the English language and whose works include Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Shakespeare means:
English dramatist and poet frequently cited as the greatest writer in the English language and who wrote such works as Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet (1564-1616)
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stagnate
2 uses
We don't want the economy to stagnate.
stagnate = stay still or not develop
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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