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abhor
6 uses
She abhors violence.
abhors = hates
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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banish
9 uses
He was banished from his own country.
banished = forced to leave
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of
in various senses, including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
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Book9 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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calumny
2 uses
He denied all such allegations as "lies, calumny, and manipulation."
calumny = false accusations
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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divine
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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dogged
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dogged by problems
The expedition was dogged by one problem after the next.
dogged = persistently annoyed; or followed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dogged means:
followed; or persistently annoyed
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exeunt
5 uses
Exeunt all except Hamlet.
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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Book5 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
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flout
2 uses
The current enforcement policy encourages people to flout the law.
flout = openly disregard
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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grievous
5 uses
She suffered grievous bodily harm.
grievous = very serious; or very bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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heed
3 uses
Heed the advice of the old women.
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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insolent
4 uses
I don't recommend the hotel. The employees are insolent and unhelpful.
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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malicious
1 use
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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mitigate
1 use
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = serving to make less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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mortal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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perish
6 uses
...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln  --  Gettysburg Address
perish = be destroyed or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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unwitting
4 uses
She unwittingly bought and sold stolen merchandise.
unwittingly = unintentionally (without knowing it)
DefinitionGenerally unwitting means:
not intentional (without knowledge)
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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wrath
3 uses
She could hardly contain her wrath when she learned he had betrayed her.
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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zeal
5 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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Zeus
11 uses
The ancient Olympic Games were held at Olympia in honor of Zeus.
Zeus = Greek mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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