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adulation
1 use
Don't grow dependent upon popular adulation. It comes and goes and reverses unexpectedly.
adulation = much admiration and praise
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altercation
1 use
We have video of the altercation.
altercation = a noisy argument, confrontation, or fight
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anecdote
2 uses
Her autobiography is sprinkled with amusing anecdotes.
anecdotes = short, true stories
DefinitionGenerally anecdote means:
a short story that is true — often told for amusement or to make a point
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atom
7 uses
The world was forever changed when we learned to split the atom.
atom = the smallest part of any material that cannot be broken up by chemical means; comprised of a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by orbiting electrons
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clemency
1 use
He petitioned the Governor for clemency.
clemency = mercy
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convention   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
to convene
She is at the convention in Las Vegas.
convention = large conference or meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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2  —1 use as in:
conventional behavior
It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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1st useChapter 9
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diffident
1 use
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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gospel
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a gospel song
The earliest surviving complete copy of the gospels dates back to the 4th century.
gospels = the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that Christian's believe tell the story of Jesus Christ's life and teachings
DefinitionGenerally this sense of gospel means:
the religious teachings of Jesus

or:

one of the four books in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) that Christian's believe tell the story of Jesus Christ's life and teachings

or:

a type of vocal music that originated in African-American churches in the United States
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lament
2 uses
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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listless
5 uses
She was listless and bored.
listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
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lugubrious
2 uses
It's hard to say "No" to that lugubrious hound-dog face.
lugubrious = excessively mournful
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massacre
7 uses
The Hutus massacred the Tutsis in Rwanda.
massacred = the savage and excessive killing of many people
DefinitionGenerally massacre means:
the savage and excessive killing of many people

or:

to defeat an opponent by a wide margin
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mitigate
1 use
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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optometry
22 uses
She is studying optometry.
optometry = the practice of testing eyesight and providing glasses or contact lenses to improve vision
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prescribe
3 uses
The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for the infection.
prescribed = gave medical instructions instructing that the patient should take
DefinitionGenerally prescribe means:
of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should have antibiotics

or:

to recommend — especially with expertise

or:

to require by rule
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render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
We're waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered with, or rendered from
The pianist rendered the Beethoven sonata beautifully.
rendered = played (portrayed or gave her interpretation of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to portray or create something in a particular way; or to interpret, translate, or extract from

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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simulate
2 uses
A computer model is used to simulate the effects of wind.
simulate = imitate or represent
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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1st useChapter 5
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
The puppy approached us tentatively until it knew we wouldn't harm it.
tentatively = done in a careful way indicating a lack of confidence
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
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1st useChapter 3
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