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One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

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advocate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to advocate
She advocates stricter gun control.
advocates = publicly supports
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support (someone or something)
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arrogant
1 use
She is rude and arrogant.
arrogant = with an excessive sense of superiority
DefinitionGenerally arrogant means:
having an excessive sense of superiority
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audible
2 uses
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
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begrudge
4 uses
I don't begrudge her making a profit, but this is unreasonable.
begrudge = resent (feel bitter about)
DefinitionGenerally begrudge means:
to resent (feel bitterness—usually over unfairness); or to give unwillingly
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chagrin
1 use
I bragged about how good our team was and then, much to my chagrin, we lost.
chagrin = bad feeling such as embarrassment or disappointment
DefinitionGenerally chagrin means:
a bad feeling such as embarrassment, disappointment, or annoyance — especially due to a disconcerting event, mistake or other blow to the ego
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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converge
1 use
The lines converge at this point
converge = come together
DefinitionGenerally converge means:
to come together; or to be adjacent or similar
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deride
2 uses
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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dexterity
1 use
The study found that video games improve hand dexterity and mental spatial ability.
dexterity = adroitness (skill) — physical and/or mental
DefinitionGenerally dexterity means:
adroitness (skill) — with the hands or mind
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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imperious
1 use
She dismissed the matter with an imperious wave of her hand.
imperious = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally imperious means:
expecting obedience; or arrogant; or domineering
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infirm
2 uses
She is too infirm to walk unassisted.
infirm = weak from old age or disease
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infirmary
4 uses
She felt ill and went to the infirmary.
infirmary = small facility where patients receive treatment
DefinitionGenerally infirmary means:
a small facility where patients receive treatment — such as a room or two at a school as contrasted to a busy hospital or medical clinic
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malicious
2 uses
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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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nettle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
beware of nettles near the river
I ran into some stinging nettles.
nettles = a type of plant that has fine irritating hairs
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nettle means:
a type of plant with stinging or irritating hairs
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
By any objective analysis, you would have to agree that...
objective = fact-based (not influenced by personal feelings or preferences)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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rancid
2 uses
We left the butter outside the refrigerator too long and it turned rancid.
rancid = bad smelling — because the oils have decomposed because they are not fresh enough, but metaphorically the word can refer to anything considered bad
DefinitionGenerally rancid means:
bad — most directly referring to the smell of oils or fats that have decomposed because they are not fresh enough, but metaphorically the word can refer to anything considered bad
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ration
23 uses
Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
rationed = restricted in the amount each person would have
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
verb:  to restrict the amount of something each person can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage, or when more is wanted than is available

or:

noun:  a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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sentry
12 uses
She successfully bluffed her way past the sentry.
sentry = person standing guard
DefinitionGenerally sentry means:
someone who stands guard
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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superintendent
10 uses
Our superintendent was surprisingly good in the faculty-student basketball game.
superintendent = the person who directs and manages the school district
DefinitionGenerally superintendent means:
a person who directs and manages an organization — such as a school district

or:

a caretaker of a building — such as an apartment building
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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