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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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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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guile
1 use
Miss Alavi was guileless in her approach, probably risking her life and certainly risking her freedom by even speaking with me.
guileless = innocent — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness)
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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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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irony
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
I had brought Mahtob to Iran in one last desperate attempt to assure her freedom, and the irony was all too apparent now.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
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
...the Friday prayer lecture in the center of town, delivered by one of the holiest of the holy men of Islam.
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
My mind ordered itself out of lethargy.
lethargy = a state with a lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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opulent
2 uses
Describing opulent wonders, he offered the family the use of one of the shah's former villas.
opulent = magnificent and luxurious
DefinitionGenerally opulent means:
magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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pious
4 uses
Moody began to say his Islamic prayers with a piety I had not witnessed in him before.
piety = religious devotion
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
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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surreptitious
4 uses
Had Judy managed to put together some surreptitious plot to get Mahtob and me out of Iran?
surreptitious = secret
DefinitionGenerally surreptitious means:
done secretly or in a manner that avoids notice
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Tehran
114 uses
We stepped off the airplane into the overwhelming, oppressive summer heat of Tehran...
Tehran = the capital and largest city of Iran
DefinitionGenerally Tehran means:
the capital and largest city of Iran; located in northern Iran
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tenacious
5 uses
She clung tenaciously to the hem of my coat.
tenaciously = with unyielding persistence
DefinitionGenerally tenacious means:
persistent and unyielding
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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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