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absolve
1 use
Yes, he agreed, but it hadn't absolved me from my sin.
absolved = forgiven or made blameless
DefinitionGenerally absolve means:
to find someone blameless; or forgive; or relieve (of a requirement or obligation)
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1st useChapter 2.5
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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
...sometimes they went as far as the village, accompanied by a nurse, of course.
accompanied = escorted (in the company of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.1
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alternative
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an alternative plan
I gave myself leave, to consider the other alternative; that my appeal was successful. And then the trouble was to calm down that sudden rush of joy racing through my body and even bringing tears to my eyes.
alternative = possible outcome (something available as another possibility)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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1st useChapter 2.5
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aversion
1 use
However, as time went by, I came to feel that this aversion had no real substance.
aversion = dislike that leads to avoidance
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1st useChapter 2.2
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condemn
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
was condemned to life in prison
"It wasn't because I'd been condemned to death," he said,
condemned = legally sentenced (to punishment)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court (and sometimes to death)

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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contrite
1 use
Not once in the course of these proceedings did this man show the least contrition.
contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
When, one morning, the jailer informed me I'd now been six months in jail, I believed him—but the words conveyed nothing to my mind.†
conveyed = communicated or expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.2
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2  —1 use as in:
convey her safely to
They came for me at half-past seven in the morning and I was conveyed to the law courts in a prison van.†
conveyed = transported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
transport
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1st useChapter 2.3
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demonstrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
demonstrate to protest
He said that the trial proper was about to begin, and he need hardly say that he expected the public to refrain from any demonstration whatsoever.†
demonstration = public protest or display of support

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
a public display supporting a cause — usually joining with others in a political protest
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.3
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direct
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
Then he was directed to address the court, in his turn.†
directed = instructed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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1st useChapter 2.4
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dispassionate
1 use
Looking at the matter dispassionately, I shared his view.
dispassionately = in a manner that is unaffected by strong emotion or bias
DefinitionGenerally dispassionate means:
unaffected by strong emotion or bias
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explicit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
The Judge asked him to be more explicit; did she reproach me with having sent her to the Home, and he said, "Yes," again.†
explicit = clear and detailed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.3
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focus
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
The focus of our study is...
It was such a new experience, being a focus of interest; in the ordinary way no one ever paid much attention to me.†
focus = place where attention is directed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
where attention is concentrated or directed
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1st useChapter 2.3
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grave
3 uses
"You're mistaken, my son," he said gravely.
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon 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 or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.3
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indignant
6 uses
...the natural and righteous indignation I feel at the sight of a criminal devoid of the least spark of human feeling.
indignation = anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.1
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interpret
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
It seemed to me then that I could interpret the look on the faces of those present; it was one of almost respectful sympathy.†
interpret = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.3
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odious
4 uses
And what made it even more odious was the personality of the prisoner, an inhuman monster wholly without a moral sense.
odious = extremely unpleasant, disgusting, dislikable, or worthy of hate
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1st useChapter 2.3
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preside
6 uses
At a sign from the presiding judge, one of the court officers led her away,
presiding = in charge (with highest authority)
DefinitionGenerally preside means:
to be in charge; or to head; or to be the chairperson — especially of a formal meeting or ceremony
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1st useChapter 2.3
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relevant
1 use
He now proposed ... certain matters which, on a superficial view, might seem foreign to the case, but actually were highly relevant.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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1st useChapter 2.3
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scrupulous
1 use
He explained that he was there to supervise the proceedings, as a sort of umpire, and he would take a scrupulously impartial view of the case.
scrupulously = very carefully
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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