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abrogate
8 uses
She has abrogated her responsibility as a mother.
abrogated = done away with (ignored)
DefinitionGenerally abrogate means:
to abolish (do away with) something
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abstruse
1 use
The professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them.
abstruse = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally abstruse means:
difficult to understand; or not known by the great majority of people
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allay
2 uses
They have tried to allay fears by saying their weapons are of a defensive nature.
allay = reduced the intensity of
DefinitionGenerally allay means:
reduce the intensity of or calm
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antipathy
1 use
Cooperation is fueled by a shared antipathy toward Iran.
antipathy = strong dislike
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cabal
1 use
She thinks a greedy banking cabal is plotting to introduce legislation that will enrich them.
cabal = a small group of people who plot in secret and exercise power — especially political power
DefinitionGenerally cabal means:
a small group of people who plot in secret and exercise power — especially political power

or (more rarely):  a plot by such a group
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certitude
2 uses
Her certitude has given way to doubt.
certitude = certainty
DefinitionGenerally certitude means:
total certainty or (more rarely) something that is certain to happen
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cessation
1 use
The Security Council called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.
cessation = ending
DefinitionGenerally cessation means:
a stopping
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choleric
2 uses
A choleric cop blew his top.
choleric = easily moved to anger
DefinitionGenerally choleric means:
easily moved to anger; or characterized by anger
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circumscribe
2 uses
I will not let their expectations circumscribe how I live my life.
circumscribe = restrict  the boundaries of
DefinitionGenerally circumscribe means:
to restrict something within set limits; or draw a circle around or surround
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corporeal
4 uses
Her time of corporeal suffering will soon pass.
corporeal = regarding the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
DefinitionGenerally corporeal means:
having material or physical form or substance

or:

regarding the body as opposed to the mind or spirit
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desist
2 uses
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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effusion
2 uses
I read her latest effusion about the health care mess.
effusion = an enthusiastic expression of feelings or thoughts
DefinitionGenerally this sense of effusion means:
an enthusiastic expression of feelings or thoughts

or:

something flowing or given off (often a liquid or gas under pressure such as blood or leaking gas)
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egregious
2 uses
She asked for triple damages due to egregious negligence.
egregious = exceptionally bad
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expiate
2 uses
She knows she can't expiate her sins, but hopes to heal some of the wounds.
expiate = make up for (do enough good to make up for the wrongs)
DefinitionGenerally expiate means:
atone (demonstrate sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good to make up for the wrong, or accepting punishment)
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fallacious
2 uses
She reached a false conclusion that was based on fallacious reasoning.
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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impute
2 uses
Her critics impute a more cynical motive.
impute = attribute (say something is caused by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impute means:
attribute (to say one thing is the cause of another—often to blame and often wrongly)

or:

believe something to have a characteristic; or assign a value to something
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indivisible
4 uses
an indivisible union of states
indivisible = impossible to separate
DefinitionGenerally indivisible means:
impossible to separate

or:

of numbers:  impossible to evenly divide without a remainder
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laudable
4 uses
I appreciate his laudable efforts to save the environment.
laudable = worthy of high praise
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parsimonious
2 uses
Ebenezer Scrooge was parsimonious in Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
parsimonious = (having the trait of) extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
DefinitionGenerally parsimonious means:
extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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perfidy
3 uses
She is guilty of perfidy if not treason.
perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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1st useChapter 2.19
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