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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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Book8 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.26
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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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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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antecedent
9 uses
Student motivation as an antecedent to accelerated education.
antecedent = something that necessarily precedes something else
DefinitionGenerally antecedent means:
something that happened previous to something else; or anything that precedes something
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Book9 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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approbation
6 uses
She is not motivated by popular approbation.
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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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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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.22
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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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.18
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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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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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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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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.30
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desist
2 uses
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to not do something
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.30
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disavow
1 use
She disavowed her assistant's comments.
disavowed = to refuse to have responsibility for, or association with
DefinitionGenerally disavow means:
to refuse to have knowledge of, responsibility for, or association with
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1st useChapter 3.36
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dissemble
1 use
After the primaries, she will dissemble her past statements to appear more moderate in her beliefs.
dissemble = be deceptive about
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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1st useIntr.
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diversify
2 uses
She has been typecast as the female who beats up males, but she's eager to diversify her roles.
diversify = make more varied
DefinitionGenerally diversify means:
to make more varied
Diversify is used to describe variation in some things so frequently that they can be implied by the general context without a need to state them explicitly — such as:
  • with regard to people — varying races, ethnicities, and genders
  • with regard to investments — varying types of investments
  • with regard to a company — varying sources of business
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.4
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ecclesiastical
4 uses
Many consider The Bishop of Rome to be a first among equals in this ecclesiastical fraternity.
ecclesiastical = associated with a church
DefinitionGenerally ecclesiastical means:
of or associated with a church — especially a Christian Church
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useDed.
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edify
4 uses
She edifies and inspires supporters everywhere she speaks.
edifies = teaches or instructs
DefinitionGenerally edify means:
to instruct — morally or intellectually
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.33
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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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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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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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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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iniquity
9 uses
That was when I realized I had to climb up from the depths of iniquity.
iniquity = immorality
DefinitionGenerally iniquity means:
immorality; or an immoral act
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.41
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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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1st useChapter 1.6
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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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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.19
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timorous
4 uses
She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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