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The Power and the Glory by Cooke
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aggrieve
1 use
He fears a lawsuit from one of the aggrieved parties.
aggrieved = feeling harmed from unfair treatment
DefinitionGenerally aggrieve means:
feeling harmed by unfair treatment; or (more rarely) harming someone unfairly
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alacrity
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She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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altruism
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She is known for her kindness, compassion, and altruism.
altruism = unselfish concern for the welfare of others
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ameliorate
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The drug ameliorates the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
ameliorates = improves (something that is bad)
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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caustic
1 use
Don't get it on your skin. It's caustic.
caustic = harsh or capable of hurting skin (like a strong acid)
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
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compunction
1 use
While most developed nations recognize the embargo, China ignores it without compunction.
compunction = a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
DefinitionGenerally compunction means:
guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
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congenial
1 use
She has a congenial relationship with her colleagues.
congenial = agreeable or compatible in a positive way
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delectable
2 uses
The cake is delicious, scrumptious and delectable.
delectable = extremely pleasing — especially to the sense of taste or to the eye
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desultory
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He jumped from job to job in a desultory manner until he met Mary.
desultory = lacking plan or purpose; or half-hearted
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dilatory
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They are resorting to every dilatory tactic at their disposal to slow the investigation.
dilatory = slowing
DefinitionGenerally dilatory means:
slow; or causing or tending to delay things
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fatuous
2 uses
We could always count on her to make a fatuous remark about the day's headlines.
fatuous = unintelligent
DefinitionGenerally fatuous means:
without intelligence — often implying a smugness or complacency
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garrulous
1 use
He's a garrulous guy who always has a good joke to share.
garrulous = talkative
DefinitionGenerally garrulous means:
talkative — especially about trivial matters
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hypochondria
1 use
The Internet is a hypochondriac's best friend.
hypochondriac = someone who always worries about imaginary illnesses
DefinitionGenerally hypochondria means:
excessive worry about imaginary illnesses
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ignoble
1 use
There is something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude.
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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incorrigible
2 uses
She was declared an incorrigible delinquent and sent to reform school.
incorrigible = unresponsive to correction (even by punishment)
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inveterate
2 uses
She's an inveterate gossip.
inveterate = habitual
DefinitionGenerally inveterate means:
habitual; or something of long standing
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laconic
3 uses
I need more than the book and my teacher's laconic answers to understand this material.
laconic = using few words
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portentous
2 uses
It is a portentous day for the space program.
portentous = important
DefinitionGenerally portentous means:
very important; or indicating something important in the future

or:

acting overly important or serious
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querulous
4 uses
He said it in a slightly querulous tone.
querulous = habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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sheer
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sheered to the left
The boat sheered to port to avoid a collision.
sheered = turned sharply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
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