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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 intelligence rather than emotions or instinct
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consternation
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With a look of consternation, her teacher asked if anyone had done the reading.
consternation = dismay (unhappiness, worry, and often confusion) — typically over something unexpected
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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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detract
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I think she's made a good case. I can neither add to it nor detract from it.
detract = to diminish (reduce the value of something)
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discursive
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It is a rambling discursive book.
discursive = digressing (departing from the main point)
DefinitionGenerally discursive means:
digressing (departing from the main point)

or:

proceeding to a conclusion by reason rather than intuition; e.g., a discursive essay
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fatuous
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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
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It is one of the immutable laws of physics.
immutable = not subject or susceptible to change
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impudent
3 uses
She is an impudent girl given to insulting strangers.
impudent = improperly bold or disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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infamous
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He is one of Chicago's most infamous mobsters.
infamous = having an exceedingly bad reputation
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introspection
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She is not inclined towards introspection.
introspection = the contemplation of one's own thoughts and feelings
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malicious
1 use
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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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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plausible
1 use
She offered a plausible excuse.
plausible = apparently reasonable, but unproven
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squalor
1 use
To meet her today, you would never guess she lived in squalor as a child.
squalor = filth — especially a place that is extremely dirty and unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally squalor means:
(describing a place) extremely dirty and unpleasant
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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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temperament
3 uses
She has the experience, temperament, and judgment for the job.
temperament = character resulting in mood and tendencies
DefinitionGenerally this sense of temperament means:
usual mood and tendencies that come from qualities of mind and character
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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vivacious
1 use
She's a charming and vivacious hostess.
vivacious = has an engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
an engaging liveliness
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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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