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aloof
2 uses
People who don't know her, think she is aloof from the rest of the team, but she is just focused on the game.
aloof = socially distant or uninterested
DefinitionGenerally aloof means:
socially distant or uninterested in something that interests others — often thinking oneself superior to others
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cerebral
1 use
Moderate exercise increases cerebral blood volume which improves thinking.
cerebral = relating to the brain
DefinitionGenerally cerebral means:
relating to the brain — especially the cerebrum (front of the brain)

or:

involving careful thinking rather than emotions or instinct
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confound
3 uses
She confounded her critics.
confounded = frustrated
DefinitionGenerally confound means:
to confuse, prove wrong, frustrate, or express frustration
in various senses, including:
confuse or surprise — sometimes specifically to confuse one thing with another
  • "confounded by the puzzle" — confused or perplexed
  • "Test results confounded the experts." — surprised and confused
  • "Do not confound confidence with correctness." — mistake one thing for another
prove wrong, defeat, or frustrate
  • "The test results confounded my theory." — proved wrong
  • "Their defense confounded our offense." — defeated or frustrated
make worse
  • "She confounded the problem by painting without sanding." — made worse
  • "The task is complicated by other confounding factors." — making worse
an exclamation expressing anger or frustration
  • "Confound it! Will I ever get this thing to work?"
  • "I don't understand the confounded directions!"
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contrary
1 use
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on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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debase
1 use
Prosecutors said fighters raped village elders to publicly debase them.
debase = decrease the status
DefinitionGenerally debase means:
to degrade (decrease) the purity, quality, or status of something — often morality or metals
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diverse
1 use
The college wants a diverse student body.
diverse = varied (in this case, of different ethnic groups and genders)
DefinitionGenerally diverse means:
varied (having variety amongst things of the same kind) — especially with regard to ideas or members of a population group
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endeavor
1 use
I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
endeavored = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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fatuous
1 use
We could always count on her to make a fatuous remark about the day's headlines.
fatuous = unintelligent
DefinitionGenerally fatuous means:
without intelligence — often implying a smugness or complacency
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fleeting
3 uses
Her moments of happiness were few and fleeting.
fleeting = lasting a short time
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immutable
1 use
It is an immutable law of physics.
immutable = unchangeable
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infamous
3 uses
He is one of Chicago's most infamous mobsters.
infamous = famous (for something bad)
DefinitionGenerally infamous means:
having an exceedingly bad reputation
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introspection
1 use
She is not inclined towards introspection.
introspection = contemplation of one's own thoughts and feelings
DefinitionGenerally introspection means:
the contemplation of one's own thoughts and feelings
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pacify
1 use
She was upset and I could not pacify her.
pacify = calm
DefinitionGenerally pacify means:
calm someone who is angry; or establish peace
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perfidy
1 use
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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resolute
2 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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squalor
1 use
To meet her today, you would never guess she lived in squalor as a child.
squalor = extremely dirty and unpleasant living conditions
DefinitionGenerally squalor means:
(describing a place) extremely dirty and unpleasant — typically due to poverty
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supercilious
1 use
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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tyranny
2 uses
The U.S. constitution was designed with checks and balances and limited government to protect Americans from tyranny.
tyranny = a form of government where some people control others in a harsh, unfair manner
DefinitionGenerally tyranny means:
harsh and unjust rule
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vivacious
1 use
She's a charming and vivacious hostess.
vivacious = has an engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
having an engaging liveliness — when said of a person, typically said of a female
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vulgar
3 uses
Her vulgarity was a turnoff.
vulgarity = crudeness (showing of bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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