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capacious
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She carries a capacious bag.
capacious = 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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claustrophobia
2 uses
I avoid elevators because of claustrophobia.
claustrophobia = abnormal fear of being closed in a confined space
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deride
1 use
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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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 diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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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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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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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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fastidious
1 use
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = 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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immutable
2 uses
It is one of the immutable laws of physics.
immutable = not subject or susceptible to change
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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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lethargic
1 use
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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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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orthodox
3 uses
The new findings challenge orthodox views.
orthodox = standard (adhering to what is commonly accepted)
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted
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paucity
2 uses
The party had plenty of people, but a paucity of passion.
paucity = an insufficient quantity or number
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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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stoic
2 uses
She suffered quietly, courageously, with a stoic acceptance of her illness.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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venerate
2 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 2
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