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allude
4 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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beseech
1 use
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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capitol
2 uses
The Capitol Visitor's Center cost over $600 million.
capitol = the main building (or buildings) of government
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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deference
1 use
They changed their strategy in deference to the President's wishes.
deference = respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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dialect
2 uses
It's not uncommon to hear "y'all" when talking in the American south where the rural areas still have a distinct dialect.
dialect = a regional variety of a language
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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 or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
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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diversion
2 uses
The attack on the capital was actually a diversion to draw troops away from the port city.
diversion = a distraction from something more important
DefinitionGenerally diversion means:
a distraction from something more important

or:

an amusement as a distraction from serious or tedious concerns
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eloquent
1 use
Her eloquence is unquestioned even amongst those who disagree with her.
eloquence = the powerful use of language
DefinitionGenerally eloquent means:
powerful use of language
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expiate
1 use
She knows she can't expiate her sins, but hopes to heal some of the wounds.
expiate = make up for (do enough good to make up for the wrongs)
DefinitionGenerally expiate means:
atone (demonstrate sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good to make up for the wrong, or accepting punishment)
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indulgent
1 use
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
indulgent = treating with extra kindness or leniency (in this case, not demanding enough of the children)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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infernal
3 uses
Please stop making that infernal noise!
infernal = very annoying
DefinitionGenerally infernal means:
very bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell
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iniquity
1 use
That was when I realized I had to climb up from the depths of iniquity.
iniquity = immorality
DefinitionGenerally iniquity means:
immorality; or an immoral act
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narrative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Narrative of the Life of...
He titled his autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
narrative = Story
DefinitionGenerally this sense of narrative means:
a story
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plausible
1 use
She offered a plausible excuse.
plausible = apparently reasonable, but unproven
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quaint
2 uses
We stayed in a quaint town.
quaint = unusual in an interesting or pleasing way — especially when old-fashioned
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reticent
1 use
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant — usually to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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spontaneous
1 use
The group broke into spontaneous laughter.
spontaneous = happening or arising without plan
DefinitionGenerally spontaneous means:
happening or arising without plan (naturally)

or:

behaving in an instinctive, uninhibited manner (unplanned)

or:

happening without apparent external cause
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transgress
1 use
Her actions transgressed the boundaries of acceptable behavior.
transgressed = violated a rule, promise, or social norm
DefinitionGenerally transgress means:
to violate a rule, promise, or social norm
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virtual
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
virtual organization
We call ourselves a virtual organization because we have no headquarters and no employees. But we are comprised of six key people who cooperate and assemble resources as needed to complete our projects.
virtual = to effectively be something without entirely being it
DefinitionGenerally this sense of virtual means:
to almost be something; or to effectively be something without entirely being it in a traditional sense
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