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admonish
3 uses
He admonished the child for his bad behavior
admonished = expressed disapproval
DefinitionGenerally admonish means:
to express disapproval to someone of their actions; or to warn or advise someone
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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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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1st useChapter 2
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benevolent
4 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 12
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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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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destitute
5 uses
The article is entitled Destitute and Desperate in the Land of Plenty.
destitute = extremely poor
DefinitionGenerally destitute means:
extremely poor; or lacking the necessities of life such as food and shelter

The expression "destitute of" means:  lacking
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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disdain
5 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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diversity
2 uses
Diversity has strengthened our Board of Directors.
diversity = the condition of variety
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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exalt
39 uses
I'm looking for a small liberal-arts college that exalts the undergraduate experience.
exalts = prizes, honors, or glorifies
DefinitionGenerally exalt means:
praise, glorify, or honor

or:

fill with extreme happiness
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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futile
2 uses
Resistance is futile.
futile = pointless because it cannot produce anything useful
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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however
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
However much she tried...
However hard he tried, he couldn't do it.
however = no matter how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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incessant
5 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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1st useChapter 1
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lament
4 uses
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief about
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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penitent
7 uses
When her anger passed, she was penitent.
penitent = sorry for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useChapter 5
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refuge
16 uses
The park serves as a refuge for wildlife.
refuge = safe place
DefinitionGenerally refuge means:
something giving protection — especially a safe place
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Book16 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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 — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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venerable
22 uses
They looked to the venerable old woman for advice.
venerable = respected
DefinitionGenerally venerable means:
respected (worthy of respect) — typically because of age or position
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Book22 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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venerate
7 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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