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adroit
1 use
She is an exceptionally adroit pianist.
adroit = skillful
DefinitionGenerally adroit means:
skillful in action or thought
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adulation
2 uses
Don't grow dependent upon popular adulation. It comes and goes and reverses unexpectedly.
adulation = much admiration and praise
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alacrity
1 use
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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antagonism
2 uses
There is skepticism, if not antagonism, between the two groups.
antagonism = hostility
DefinitionGenerally antagonism means:
hostility or opposition
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antipathy
1 use
Cooperation is fueled by a shared antipathy toward Iran.
antipathy = strong dislike
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arbiter
1 use
She was the final arbiter on all matters of fashion.
arbiter = someone who settles disputes — often because of reputation
DefinitionGenerally arbiter means:
someone who settles disputes — often because of reputation

or:

someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
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askance
1 use
He looked askance at the offer.
askance = with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
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assiduous
1 use
She is an assiduous student who expects to earn A's.
assiduous = diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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bevel
2 uses
a beveled mirror
beveled = two surfaces meeting at an angle (that isn't 90 degrees)

(editor's note:  See the Google Images link on the word detail page to see samples.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bevel means:
two surfaces meeting at an angle (that isn't 90 degrees)

See this href="https://www.google.com/search?q=beveled+edge&source=lnms&tbm=isch" target="_blank">Google Images link for beveled edge to see samples.
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canvass
1 use
She has been canvassing the membership to see how they feel and to ask for their support.
canvassing = talking with people individually
DefinitionGenerally this sense of canvass means:
examine an issue, get opinions by asking specific questions; and/or ask people for political support individually
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cessation
2 uses
The Security Council called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.
cessation = ending
DefinitionGenerally cessation means:
a stopping
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circuitous
1 use
The explanation was circuitous and puzzling.
circuitous = indirect (deviating from a straight course)
DefinitionGenerally circuitous means:
indirect (deviating from a straight course — physically or in speech or conduct)
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circumscribe
2 uses
I will not let their expectations circumscribe how I live my life.
circumscribe = restrict  the boundaries of
DefinitionGenerally circumscribe means:
to restrict something within set limits; or draw a circle around or surround
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corpulent
2 uses
She also counsels her more corpulent patients on the advisability and techniques of losing weight.
corpulent = having excessive body fat
DefinitionGenerally corpulent means:
with excessive body fat
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pathos
7 uses
The film captured all the pathos of their situation and brought tears to my eyes.
pathos = a quality that arouses pity or sorrow
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perfidy
5 uses
She is guilty of perfidy if not treason.
perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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prevaricate
2 uses
The government will prevaricate until after elections.
prevaricate = be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information; or make false statements
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supercilious
5 uses
I have come to hate her supercilious smile.
supercilious = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally supercilious means:
arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —1 use as in:
trifle with her affections
She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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2  —6 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
trifling = things of little importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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