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Notes from the Underground

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affectation
3 uses
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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1st useChapter 1.2
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altercation
1 use
We have video of the altercation.
altercation = a noisy argument, confrontation, or fight
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askance
1 use
He looked askance at the offer.
askance = with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
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conducive
1 use
The dorm room was not conducive to studying.
conducive = helpful
DefinitionGenerally conducive means:
contribute (help lead to a result)
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corpulent
1 use
She also counsels her more corpulent patients on the advisability and techniques of losing weight.
corpulent = having excessive body fat
DefinitionGenerally corpulent means:
with excessive body fat
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digress
2 uses
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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disdain
4 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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1st useChapter 1.4
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edify
1 use
She edifies and inspires supporters everywhere she speaks.
edifies = teaches or instructs
DefinitionGenerally edify means:
to instruct — morally or intellectually
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expound
1 use
You will be asked to expound on a teacher-selected topic from the book.
expound = discuss in detail
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
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hackneyed
1 use
She writes in a hackneyed manner with nothing original.
hackneyed = writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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incognito
1 use
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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ineffable
1 use
Such a spiritual experience has ineffable qualities that cannot be entirely shared.
ineffable = indescribable (impossible to put into words)
DefinitionGenerally ineffable means:
something that cannot be put into words
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insolent
7 uses
I don't recommend the hotel. The employees are insolent and unhelpful.
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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1st useChapter 2.4
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integral
1 use
That was before China became an integral part of the world economy.
integral = essential
DefinitionGenerally this sense of integral means:
an essential part or characteristic
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interpose
1 use
She interposed herself between them before someone threw a punch.
interposed = inserted
DefinitionGenerally interpose means:
to insert between other elements; or to interrupt or stop action by others
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naivete
1 use
She criticized the naivete of American foreign policy.
naivete = lack of sophistication
DefinitionGenerally naivete means:
inexperience, innocence, or lack of sophistication
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1st useChapter 2.9
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predilection
1 use
The group has an unfortunate predilection for fighting, drinking, and drug use.
predilection = preference or tendency
DefinitionGenerally predilection means:
preference (a predisposition in favor of something); or tendency (normal behavior)
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superfluous
4 uses
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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supposition
2 uses
It is a foolish supposition.
supposition = something supposed (rather than something known to be so)
DefinitionGenerally supposition means:
something supposed (rather than something known to be so) — especially when others doubt that reality
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transfigure
1 use
Her face was transfigured by a smile.
transfigured = completely changed
DefinitionGenerally transfigure means:
change completely the nature or appearance of — especially in a positive way
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