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audacious
2 uses
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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avarice
1 use
We can try both to minimize greed and avarice and to channel them into directions beneficial to society.
avarice = excessive desire for wealth
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baleful
1 use
She looked at him with two unblinking, baleful eyes.
baleful = threatening or harmful
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cease
9 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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chimera
1 use
She describes his dream as a political chimera.
chimera = something imagined, but not possible — often an idea requiring an impossible combination
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copious
1 use
She took copious notes.
copious = a lot of
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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elated
2 uses
The elated winner couldn't stop smiling.
elated = had a feeling of happiness and excitement
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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grave
1 use
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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imply
1 use
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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incongruous
1 use
incongruous behavior
incongruous = out of place; or lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
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irascible
1 use
She has an irascible nature at the best of times, but be especially careful to avoid her early in the morning.
irascible = easily angered
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lattice
1 use
The house has a decorative lattice fence in front.
lattice = a pattern made from crisscrossing two sets of lines diagonally
DefinitionGenerally lattice means:
an object or pattern made from crisscrossing two sets of lines — leaving diamond- or square-shaped spaces where they do not overlap

or:

an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern
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rancor
1 use
She made the suggestion to reduce the partisan rancor.
rancor = feelings of deep and bitter anger or hatred
DefinitionGenerally rancor means:
deep and bitter anger or hatred — especially when long-standing
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salve
1 use
The salve also acts as a moisturizer.
salve = a cream or liquid put on skin to make it feel better or heal
DefinitionGenerally salve means:
a cream or liquid put onto skin to make it feel better or heal

or:

anything that eases pain or anxiety; or the act of doing such
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serene
9 uses
While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
serenely = calmly and peacefully
DefinitionGenerally serene means:
calm and untroubled
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squander
1 use
She squandered the money she inherited from her grandmother.
squandered = wasted
DefinitionGenerally squander means:
to waste — money, resources, or opportunities
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taint
1 use
Authorities said the milk was tainted with rat poison.
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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undulate
2 uses
A sidewinding snake uses less energy to cover the same distance as a laterally undulating snake uses.
undulating = moving with smooth wave-like movements
DefinitionGenerally undulate means:
a smooth wave-like motion (physical or auditory)

or:

having a wavy or rippled form or surface
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volition
1 use
She left the company of her own volition.
volition = will (done consciously and voluntarily without being forced or threatened)
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wizened
1 use
She was a wizened old woman with gray hair.
wizened = thin and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
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