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acute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
acute pain
once I had been taken for her daughter, an acute embarrassment for us both.
acute = sharp (intense)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (a severely negative event) — often with a rapid onset
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2  —1 use as in:
an acute angle
She kept her foot permanently on the accelerator, and took every corner at an acute angle.
acute angle = sharp
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute angle means:
sharp; or an angle measuring between 0 and 90 degrees
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austere
4 uses
...the silence made it harder, more austere.
austere = uncomfortable
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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complacent
4 uses
I am glad it cannot happen twice, the fever of first love. ...one is so easily bruised, so swiftly wounded... Today, wrapped in the complacent armour of approaching middle age...
complacent = contented (unworried and happy) — often to a fault
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
Those words "I have something to tell you" do not convey anything to you at all?†
convey = communicate or express
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degrade
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
degraded the quality
I wished we did not have to degrade the house with our modern jig-tunes, so out-of-place and unromantic.
degrade = decrease the value of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of degrade means:
to decrease the value of something
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deride
3 uses
There was a hint of derision in her voice,
derision = disrespect — typically while laughing at or making fun of
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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disdain
1 use
I knew now why Clarice did not disdain my underclothes as Alice had done.
disdain = to reject as not good enough
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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dubious
1 use
I saw her eye too, dubious, considering, taking in my clothes from top to toe, wondering, with that swift downward glance given to all brides, if I was going to have a baby.
dubious = suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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efface
1 use
Then I saw a shadow flit across her face, and she drew back against the wall, effacing herself, as a step sounded outside and Maxim came into the room.
effacing = removing from sight
DefinitionGenerally efface means:
remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing

or:

to make oneself inconspicuous or unimportant
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engender
1 use
I could tell by the way the sauce ran down her chin that her dish of ravioli pleased her. It was not a sight that engendered into me great appetite...
engendered = caused
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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futile
3 uses
A futile silly argument.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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inquest
19 uses
All you have to concentrate on is your statement at the inquest.
inquest = formal inquiry or investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquest means:
a formal inquiry or investigation — typically into the cause of an unexpected death or other undesirable event
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magistrate
9 uses
I'm merely the magistrate of the district.
magistrate = judge (or investigating authority)
DefinitionGenerally magistrate means:
a judicial official — in the U.S. typically a judge for minor offenses or preliminary hearings
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philanthropy
1 use
...you may realise that philanthropy is not my strongest quality.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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prodigal
1 use
...and in the valley the azaleas would be prodigal of scent,
prodigal = abundant

(editor's note:  This is a less common sense of the word, which more commonly means recklessly wasteful)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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profuse
3 uses
[of flowers]  They startled me with their crimson faces, massed one upon the other in incredible profusion,
profusion = abundance (a lot of something)
DefinitionGenerally profuse means:
abundant (a lot of something)
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
Then the wind went again, it was hot and sultry as before.
sultry = hot and humid
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superficial
2 uses
I remembered my father and his scorn of superficial snobbery.
superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating
DefinitionGenerally superficial means:
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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veracity
1 use
I'm not disputing the truth or veracity of that note of yours.
veracity = truthfulness
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