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acquiesce
4 uses
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly accept
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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aesthetic
5 uses
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = related to beauty or good taste
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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amiable
8 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and likable
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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ascetic
2 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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austere
2 uses
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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bourgeois
51 uses
Our lifestyle upsets their bourgeois sensibilities.
bourgeois = typical middle class
DefinitionGenerally bourgeois means:
typical of the middle class or their values and habits - typically used disapprovingly

or (in Marxist theory):

typical of the property-owning class
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complacent
1 use
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 13 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrary to
Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramid is in Mexico—not Egypt.
contrary to = in opposition to
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2  —11 uses as in:
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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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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3  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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disdain
1 use
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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dispose
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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enmity
7 uses
The war has deepened tribal enmity.
enmity = hatred between enemies
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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pious
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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scrutiny
4 uses
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
scrutinized = looked very carefully at

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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superfluous
4 uses
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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venerate
1 use
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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