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abject
1 use
She grew up in abject poverty; though she didn't know it.
abject = extreme
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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assail
1 use
Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns.
assailed = attacked
DefinitionGenerally assail means:
attack physically or verbally
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atone
1 use
To atone for sins is a common religious theme.
atone = make amends
DefinitionGenerally atone means:
make amends for — especially a sin

(To make amends is to try to mend or makeup for a wrong.)
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Bacchus
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Dionysus is the Greek counterpart to the better known Roman Bacchus.
Bacchus = Roman mythology:  god of wine
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calamity
2 uses
The whole country was affected by the calamity of 9/11.
calamity = disastrous event
DefinitionGenerally calamity means:
a disastrous event; or the distress resulting from it
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charlatan
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She's a charlatan and a cheat.
charlatan = one who pretends to have capabilities or knowledge they lack
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chastise
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She said the United Nations resolution amounted to chastising Israel for wanting to exist.
chastising = scolding or criticizing
DefinitionGenerally chastise means:
to scold or criticize
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choleric
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A choleric cop blew his top.
choleric = easily moved to anger
DefinitionGenerally choleric means:
easily moved to anger; or characterized by anger
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exeunt
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Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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expiate
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She knows she can't expiate her sins, but hopes to heal some of the wounds.
expiate = make up for (do enough good to make up for the wrongs)
DefinitionGenerally expiate means:
atone (demonstrate sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good to make up for the wrong, or accepting punishment)
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extirpate
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The medication assists where surgery cannot completely extirpate a tumor.
extirpate = to completely remove, eliminate, or destroy
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feud
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a truce in the long-running feud between the two teams
feud = a bitter, long-standing quarrel
DefinitionGenerally feud means:
a bitter, long-standing quarrel between two parties; or describing such a quarrel
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infamy
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a date which will live in infamy
infamy = famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
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inveterate
1 use
She's an inveterate gossip.
inveterate = habitual
DefinitionGenerally inveterate means:
habitual; or something of long standing
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liege
1 use
He was her liege lord.
liege = a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service
DefinitionGenerally liege means:
a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service

or:

a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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obdurate
1 use
Some of the protestors disbanded when the police arrived, but others remained obdurate.
obdurate = stubbornly persistent
DefinitionGenerally obdurate means:
stubbornly persistent — especially in wrongdoing

or more rarely (except in classic literature):

showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
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presage
1 use
We see none of the pessimism that typically presages a recession.
presages = serves as a sign of coming
DefinitionGenerally presage means:
serve as a sign of something about to happen — typically something bad
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prevaricate
1 use
The government will prevaricate until after elections.
prevaricate = be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information; or make false statements
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scapegoat
1 use
She is a convenient scapegoat because she was chosen by the last administration.
scapegoat = someone blamed or punished for the errors of others
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spurn
2 uses
She spurned his advances.
spurned = rejected as not good enough
DefinitionGenerally spurn means:
reject as not good enough
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