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abstruse
1 use
The professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them.
abstruse = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally abstruse means:
difficult to understand; or not known by the great majority of people
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antediluvian
1 use
Someone needs to replace her and her antediluvian ideas.
antediluvian = ancient
DefinitionGenerally antediluvian means:
very old; or relating to the period before the biblical flood
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circumscribe
1 use
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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comprehend
4 uses
I don't think she comprehends how dangerous this has become.
comprehends = fully understands
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 20
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conciliatory
1 use
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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despondent
1 use
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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discriminate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discriminating taste
It costs more, but is worth it to people with discriminating taste.
discriminating = recognizing fine distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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earnest
6 uses
Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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1st useChapter 7
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evanescent
1 use
I try to capture the evanescent beauty of the sunset in my photographs.
evanescent = tending to vanish like vapor
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impetuous
1 use
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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innate
1 use
She has an innate musical talent that cannot be taught.
innate = present at birth
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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insatiable
1 use
The theft was motivated by her insatiable greed.
insatiable = impossible to satisfy
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odious
1 use
Though they think the country's government is odious, they're unwilling to help topple it for fear of the consequences.
odious = extremely unpleasant, disgusting, or dislikable
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poignant
1 use
It is a poignant story about a girl who is paralyzed in a car accident.
poignant = profoundly touching the emotions —  especially sadness or pity
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remonstrate
1 use
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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scrupulous
1 use
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 15
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sufficient
6 uses
We have sufficient supplies.
sufficient = adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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1st useChapter 10
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
sultry = hot and humid
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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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