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acrimony
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The meeting ended in acrimony.
acrimony = anger
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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aggrieve
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He fears a lawsuit from one of the aggrieved parties.
aggrieved = feeling harmed from unfair treatment
DefinitionGenerally aggrieve means:
feeling harmed by unfair treatment; or (more rarely) harming someone unfairly
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alacrity
2 uses
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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approbation
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She is not motivated by popular approbation.
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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contemptible
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She is uninformed and her views are contemptible.
contemptible = very bad (deserving no respect)
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craven
3 uses
the craven fellow turned and ran
craven = exceedingly cowardly
DefinitionGenerally craven means:
exceedingly cowardly; or someone who is exceedingly cowardly
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desist
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The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to not do something
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disclaim
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We disclaim any responsibility for the accident.
disclaim = deny
DefinitionGenerally disclaim means:
to deny (responsibility for, knowledge of, or ownership of)
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edify
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She edifies and inspires supporters everywhere she speaks.
edifies = teaches or instructs
DefinitionGenerally edify means:
to instruct — morally or intellectually
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effigy
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During the Spanish Inquisition, if the condemned died before their trial was finished, they were burned in effigy.
burned in effigy = burned a crude straw man or dummy made to represent a person
DefinitionGenerally this sense of effigy means:
a model or other representation — typically of a person — often of someone hated, so that it can be mocked an abused
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forthwith
2 uses
The judge ordered her release "forthwith."
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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incisive
3 uses
As usual, Mary's comments were incisive.
incisive = direct, clear, and sharp in thinking or expression
DefinitionGenerally incisive means:
direct, clear, and sharp in thinking or expression — often indicating a decisive person (makes decisions quickly) or a penetrating mind
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incognito
3 uses
They are travelling incognito.
incognito = with hidden identity (perhaps false names or even disguises)
DefinitionGenerally incognito means:
with identity hidden — such as via a disguise or false name
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intractable
2 uses
What do you think is the most intractable issue of our era?
intractable = difficult
DefinitionGenerally intractable means:
difficult
in various senses, including:
  • of problems or disease — difficult to solve or cure
  • of people or animals — difficult to manage or control
  • of materials — difficult to manipulate
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omnipotent
1 use
When I was young, I believed in the myth of omnipotent science, technology and logic.
omnipotent = all powerful
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perishable
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Spoilage is an important cost for businesses that deal in perishable goods.
perishable = things that decay (spoil)
DefinitionGenerally perishable means:
things that decay (spoil) — (often said of foods that need refrigeration such as meats or milk)
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sagacious
3 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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sheer
1 use
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sheered to the left
The boat sheered to port to avoid a collision.
sheered = turned sharply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
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simile
2 uses
When she said he was "as subtle as a sledgehammer," she was using ironic simile.
simile = a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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wizened
2 uses
She was a wizened old woman with gray hair.
wizened = thin and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
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