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bulwark
1 use
It is a bulwark against storms.
bulwark = something that offers protection
DefinitionGenerally bulwark means:
something that offers protection — especially a defensive wall or embankment, or a sea wall

or (especially in classic literature):  the part of a ship's side that  is above the upper deck
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coagulate
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The blood began to coagulate.
coagulate = change from a liquid to a thickened or solid state
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collusion
1 use
The antitrust department tries to prevent supermarket collusion to raise grocery prices.
collusion = to conspire (the act of working together in secret at others' expense)
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countenance
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1  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
We will not countenance torture.
countenance = to tolerate or approve
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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curt
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Her response was so curt it was almost rude.
curt = brief to the point of rudeness
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diffuse
1 use
When the United States focused on terrorism, the movement went further underground and became more diffuse.
diffuse = spread out
DefinitionGenerally diffuse means:
to spread; or to soften or calm

or:

to be spread out (not concentrated) — sometimes implying a lack or organization or the use of too many words
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dissemble
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The news is bad, but the company spokesperson is doing what she can to change the subject and dissemble.
dissemble = deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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divert
1 use
I tried to divert her attention.
divert = get her to start thinking about something else
DefinitionGenerally divert means:
to change the direction of something; or to distract someone's attention

or more rarely:  to change the purpose for which something is used — such as an army or funds
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furtive
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She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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goad
1 use
She goaded him into an argument.
goaded = provoked (in this case, "started the ill-will")
DefinitionGenerally goad means:
to a human:  to provoke or encourage someone to do something — usually something bad and often provoking in an annoying manner

to an animal:  to prod with a pointed stick to make it move
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indigent
1 use
We serve meals and provide shelter for the indigent.
indigent = poor people who lack basic necessities like food and shelter
DefinitionGenerally indigent means:
so poor as to lack basic necessities like food and shelter; or people in that condition
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judicious
1 use
She is judicious when spending her money.
judicious = shows good judgment
DefinitionGenerally judicious means:
showing good judgment
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legerdemain
1 use
She worked her legerdemain on the company ledger.
legerdemain = sleight of hand (tricks that appear magical)

or:

a display of skill or adroitness — especially in a deceptive way
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lethargic
1 use
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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monolithic
1 use
She liked the monolithic proportions of Stalinist architecture.
monolithic = characterized by massiveness, uniformity, and rigidity
DefinitionGenerally monolithic means:
imposing in size or solidity

or:

characterized by massiveness, uniformity, and rigidity
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monotonous
1 use
The cafeteria food is good, but it gets monotonous after a while.
monotonous = lacking in variety — typically boring
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perplex
1 use
Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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petulant
1 use
She stomped her foot like a petulant child.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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transfigure
1 use
The treatment and diet transfigured her into a beautiful young woman
transfigured = completely changed the nature or appearance of
DefinitionGenerally transfigure means:
change completely the nature or appearance of — especially in a positive way
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trifle with
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a trifling matter
Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
trifling = things of little importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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