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acquiesce
4 uses
I acquiesced, rationalizing that it would be for only a few days.
acquiesced = reluctantly complied
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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belligerent
3 uses
He was belligerent and edgy as he led us down the street and then pushed us roughly into a taxi.
belligerent = in a fighting mood
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
The pressure was building, upon me as well as on Moody, threatening to tear apart my careful plan to lull him into complacency.
complacency = being content not to worry
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
Now I deferred, unwilling to be put in the spot of defending my country while trapped in an Iranian parlor.
deferred = yielded (rather than argue)
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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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
For years I had seen the shadow of madness descend upon him.
descend = come
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
...a discordant ensemble of sirens intruded upon the general din of the Iranian street scene.
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
Although he disdained pork, he enjoyed his glass of liquor.
disdained = rejected
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
Surely the embassy would be able to get Mahtob and me out of here, if only I could find some way to contact a sympathetic official.
embassy = the ambassador and staff
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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hygiene
4 uses
He knew the value of hygiene and he appreciated a healthful diet.
hygiene = practices promoting the prevention of illness and maintenance of health — such as cleanliness
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
Mahtob's tender skin was covered with huge blotches from the incessant plague of mosquito bites.
incessant = continuous (and annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Islam
83 uses
...the Friday prayer lecture in the center of town, delivered by one of the holiest of the holy men of Islam.
Islam = the Muslim religion; second most practiced religion in the world
DefinitionGenerally Islam means:
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
My mind ordered itself out of lethargy.
lethargy = a state with a lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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meticulous
3 uses
I therefore held to my assigned schedule meticulously, deviating only with purpose.
meticulously = in a manner treating details with great care
DefinitionGenerally meticulous means:
treating details with great care
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pious
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
Moody began to say his Islamic prayers with a piety I had not witnessed in him before.
piety = religious devotion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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redundant
1 use
Moody's grandfather wrote in belabored, redundant, didactic prose.
redundant = repetitious (more than is needed)
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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revere
5 uses
a woman of whom he spoke in reverential terms
reverential = 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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scrutiny
2 uses
The city was under siege, its every activity scrutinized by heavily armed soldiers and scowling police.
scrutinized = looked at very carefully

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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speculate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
What could be so important that Helen would call me at home? She knew the risks posed by Moody's temper, and whatever was happening outweighed the peril. I had to live with nothing but speculation for a week, because the call caused Moody to raise his guard. He made sure that he or Nasserine accompanied me on my marketing trips. The delay was agonizing.
speculation = guesses or theories

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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venerate
3 uses
Although Moody's countrymen officially hate Americans, they venerate the American educational system.
venerate = respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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zeal
3 uses
These new principals were generally younger and less schooled, but possessed the religious zeal that had now become the first priority of government.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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