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abstain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstained from alcohol
I abstain from alcohol
abstain = keep away (choose not to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstain means:
choose not to do something
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ascetic
14 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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audacious
1 use
It was an audacious act of piracy.
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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austere
1 use
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
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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Brahman
49 uses
The nature of Brahman is described differently in various philosophical schools.
Brahman = the supreme spirit found in Hinduism
DefinitionGenerally Brahman means:
the supreme spirit found in Hinduism

or:

Brahmin (highest rank in the traditional Hindu caste system)
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eccentric
1 use
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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equanimity
3 uses
She accepted the problem with equanimity and grace.
equanimity = steadiness of mind under stress
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futile
2 uses
It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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gullible
1 use
gullible tourists — easily separated from their money
gullible = easily tricked because of being too trusting
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impetuous
1 use
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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indulgent
1 use
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
indulgent = treating with extra kindness or leniency (in this case, not demanding enough of the children)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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insatiable
1 use
The theft was motivated by her insatiable greed.
insatiable = impossible to satisfy
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inscrutable
1 use
The computer gave some inscrutable error message I can't remember.
inscrutable = impossible to understand
DefinitionGenerally inscrutable means:
impossible to understand — often when finding a person's facial expression or comments mysterious
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listless
1 use
She was listless and bored.
listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
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pious
1 use
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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precocious
1 use
She was a precocious child who always pointed to logical flaws in her parents' rules.
precocious = having intelligence and behavior not usually seen in one so young
DefinitionGenerally precocious means:
early development — especially ability or maturity in a child

or more rarely:

disapproving description of a child who takes liberties usually afforded to people who are older
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reproach
2 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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1st useChapter 1
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transitory
2 uses
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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vacuous
1 use
Her credentials do not add weight to such vacuous comments.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 7
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