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alleviate
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Regular massage will help to alleviate the pain.
alleviate = to lessen something that is bad — especially to lessen pain
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anarchy
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It's not the government I want, but it's better than anarchy.
anarchy = the complete absence of political authority
DefinitionGenerally anarchy means:
the complete absence of political authority; or more generally, complete absence of order
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aversion
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Our older staff tend to have an aversion to change.
aversion = dislike that leads to avoidance
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brusque
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She is known for her brusque manner and brief meetings.
brusque = abrupt (not taking the time to be friendly)
DefinitionGenerally brusque means:
abrupt (sudden and quick — without taking the time to be friendly)
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conciliatory
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Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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condescending
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She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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contrite
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She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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culpable
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He is culpable of copyright infringement.
culpable = guilty of something or deserving blame
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delectable
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The cake is delicious, scrumptious and delectable.
delectable = extremely pleasing — especially to the sense of taste or to the eye
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deride
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Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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despondent
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When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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distend
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One method of declawing is to severe the tendon that allows the claws to distend.
distend = extend
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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highlight
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highlights in hair
The salon added highlights to her hair.
highlights = strips of hair that are lighter in color
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
noun:  a strip of hair that is lighter

verb:  making strips of hair lighter
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impudent
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She is an impudent girl given to insulting strangers.
impudent = improperly bold or disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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magnanimous
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He was magnanimous toward those he conquered.
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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recluse
2 uses
She lives an unsocial reclusive life.
reclusive = withdrawn from society (avoiding contact with others)
DefinitionGenerally recluse means:
someone withdrawn from society (living alone and avoiding contact)
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tangential
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We didn't learn a lot, but her tangential remarks were entertaining.
tangential = touching the current issue, but with minor or no relevance
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ubiquitous
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We are all familiar with the company's ubiquitous advertisements.
ubiquitous = being present everywhere or all the time
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unremitting
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Lacking food, I suffered the unremitting demands of hunger.
unremitting = in a manner that continues without a break
DefinitionGenerally unremitting means:
continuing without a break
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volatile
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a volatile situation
He was fired due to his volatile temper.
volatile = emotionally explosive
DefinitionGenerally this sense of volatile means:
quick to change; or emotionally explosive
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