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acquiesce
4 uses
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly comply
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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belligerent
3 uses
She spoke to her teacher in a belligerent tone and was sent to the office.
belligerent = hostile or combative
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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complacent
3 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit or yield
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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disdain
2 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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embassy
110 uses
The Iranian students took over the U.S. embassy.
embassy = the building where a foreign ambassador and staff work
DefinitionGenerally embassy means:
an ambassador and staff who live in a country to represent their home country; or the building where they work
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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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hygiene
4 uses
Many illnesses, especially diarrhea, can be prevented by good hygiene.
hygiene = practices promoting sanitary conditions
DefinitionGenerally hygiene means:
practices promoting the prevention of illness and maintenance of health — such as cleanliness or promoting sanitary conditions
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incessant
4 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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irony
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Islam
83 uses
Islam is predominant in northern Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan, and Indonesia.
Islam = the monotheistic religious system of Muslims founded in Arabia in the 7th century and based on the teachings of Muhammad as laid down in the Koran; the world's second most practiced religion
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lethargic
4 uses
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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opulent
2 uses
We were impressed by her opulent home.
opulent = magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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pious
4 uses
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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revere
5 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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surreptitious
4 uses
She stole a surreptitious glance at him.
surreptitious = done secretly or in a manner that avoids notice
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Tehran
114 uses
Tehran claims the nuclear scientist was abducted by the CIA.
Tehran = the capital and largest city of Iran; located in northern Iran
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tenacious
5 uses
She is as tenacious as a bulldog.
tenacious = determined and persistent
DefinitionGenerally tenacious means:
persistent and unyielding
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venerate
3 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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