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antagonism
1 use
There is skepticism, if not antagonism, between the two groups.
antagonism = hostility
DefinitionGenerally antagonism means:
hostility or opposition
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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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cleave
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
cleave through
The battle axe was a weapon used to cleave skulls or decapitate.
cleave = to split or cut through something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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conflagration
1 use
sparked the current conflagration by releasing the report
conflagration = a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially a fire
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contentious
1 use
We started with the most contentious item on the agenda.
contentious = likely to cause disagreement
DefinitionGenerally contentious means:
causing or likely to cause disagreement; or argumentative
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
We will not countenance torture.
countenance = to tolerate or approve
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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discriminate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discriminating taste
It costs more, but is worth it to people with discriminating taste.
discriminating = recognizing fine distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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disdain
1 use
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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divert
1 use
I tried to divert her attention.
divert = get her to start thinking about something else
DefinitionGenerally divert means:
to change the direction of something; or to distract someone's attention

or more rarely:  to change the purpose for which something is used — such as an army or funds
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exhume
1 use
Investigators want to exhume the body for analysis, but the family is objecting.
exhume = to unbury a corpse — typically for medical investigation or reburial elsewhere
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indolent
1 use
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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indulgent
1 use
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
indulgent = treating with extra kindness or leniency (in this case, not demanding enough of the children)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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noisome
1 use
the noisome atmosphere of the Nairobi slum
noisome = causing or able to cause nausea — especially from odor

or:

harmful
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perfunctory
1 use
She gave us menus and a perfunctory smile.
perfunctory = done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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rancor
1 use
She made the suggestion to reduce the partisan rancor.
rancor = feelings of deep and bitter anger or hatred
DefinitionGenerally rancor means:
deep and bitter anger or hatred — especially when long-standing
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rebuke
3 uses
She was stung by the rebuke.
rebuke = severe criticism
DefinitionGenerally rebuke means:
criticize severely; or such criticism
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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resolve
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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sedition
1 use
She was investigated for sedition, but charges were dropped.
sedition = illegal acts encouraging resistance to government authority — especially overthrow of the government
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simulate
1 use
A computer model is used to simulate the effects of wind.
simulate = imitate or represent
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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