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acrimony
1 use
The meeting ended in acrimony.
acrimony = anger
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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atrophy
1 use
Muscles that are not used will quickly atrophy.
atrophy = wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
DefinitionGenerally atrophy means:
to wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
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1st useChapter 8
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capacious
1 use
She carries a capacious bag.
capacious = very large
DefinitionGenerally capacious means:
large in capacity
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censure
1 use
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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claustrophobia
2 uses
I avoid elevators because of claustrophobia.
claustrophobia = abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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deride
1 use
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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diligent
1 use
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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SAT®*top 1000
1st useEpil.
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disparage
1 use
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8
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dissent
1 use
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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1st useChapter 12
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engender
1 use
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause (bring into being)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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expedient
1 use
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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1st useChapter 6
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fastidious
1 use
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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guile
1 use
Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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1st useChapter 6
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lucid
2 uses
Although she was on heavy pain medication, she was still lucid.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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orthodox
3 uses
The new findings challenge orthodox views.
orthodox = normal
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
normal (describing thinking or behavior as commonly or traditionally accepted)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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perpetrator
2 uses
The perpetrator has not been captured or identified.
perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
DefinitionGenerally perpetrator means:
someone who has does something wrong — usually something illegal
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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repudiate
1 use
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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SAT®*top 1000
1st useEpil.
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somber
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a somber mood
Before she said anything, I knew it was bad news from her somber face.
somber = serious and cheerless
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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transpire
4 uses
We do not yet know what will transpire at tomorrow's meeting.
transpire = happen; or become known
DefinitionGenerally transpire means:
to happen; or to become known
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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