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abscond
3 uses
the accountant absconded with the cash from the safe
absconded = ran away
DefinitionGenerally abscond means:
to run away (usually taking something you shouldn't)
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aggrieve
2 uses
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; and/or cheerful eagerness
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altercation
1 use
We have video of the altercation.
altercation = a noisy argument, confrontation, or fight
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anachronism
2 uses
The printed version is an expensive anachronism from an earlier time.
anachronism = something out of place for it's time - typically something that belongs in the past
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approbation
2 uses
She is not motivated by popular approbation.
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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bulwark
3 uses
It is a bulwark against storms.
bulwark = something that offers protection
DefinitionGenerally bulwark means:
something that offers protection — especially a defensive wall or embankment, or a sea wall

or (especially in classic literature):  the part of a ship's side that  is above the upper deck
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canvass
2 uses
She has been canvassing the membership to see how they feel and to ask for their support.
canvassing = talking with people individually
DefinitionGenerally this sense of canvass means:
examine an issue, get opinions by asking specific questions; and/or ask people for political support individually
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certitude
9 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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conflagration
2 uses
sparked the current conflagration by releasing the report
conflagration = a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially a fire
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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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immaterial
3 uses
For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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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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perishable
2 uses
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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prosaic
3 uses
It was a prosaic and unimaginative essay.
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
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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
1  —1 use as in:
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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vengeance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
vengeance is mine
Most Americans wanted vengeance after the 9-11 attacks.
vengeance = to take revenge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of vengeance means:
the act of taking revenge

(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
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2  —1 use as in:
with a vengeance
I thought I was getting over my cold and went to work, but it came back with a vengeance.
with a vengeance = with intensity
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