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aesthetic
2 uses
He was almost ridiculously handsome: the narrow, aesthetic face; the slash of cheekbones; and sculpted mouth.
aesthetic = attractive
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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assault
9 uses
there were about a hundred gun assaults last year, country wide.
assaults = attacks
DefinitionGenerally assault means:
to attack someone or something physically or verbally; or to threaten violence
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assuage
1 use
In the meantime, whether or not it assuages your grief, I intend to find the man who killed your granddaughter.
assuages = soothes (makes less unpleasant or frightening)
DefinitionGenerally assuage means:
to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
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complacent
1 use
That would have wiped that complacent smile off his face.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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daunt
1 use
The idea of the paperwork in accessing a replacement vehicle through the department was too daunting to consider.
daunting = discouraging or intimidating
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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deride
2 uses
As he spoke, he saw the derision alter to interest.
derision = disrespect — typically while laughing at or making fun of
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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discrepancy
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Regardless of the motive, it will be necessary for you to explain the discrepancy in your books.†
discrepancy = a difference between two things expected to be in agreement
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dubious
1 use
A woman of dubious reputation who...
dubious = doubtful or suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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guile
1 use
At the knock on the door she grinned, and her young and still guileless face grinned back in the mirror.
guileless = innocent — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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increment
2 uses
"We have evidence that you paid to Sharon DeBlass one hundred thousand dollars, in twenty-five thousand dollar increments in one year's period."†
increments = an increase — especially in small, consistent amounts; or the amount of increase
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indifferent
2 uses
Whatever his reaction was, he hid it behind cool indifference.
indifference = (appearance of) unconcern
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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laser
9 uses
The NS laser, with modifications, has been standard police issue since 2023.
laser = an optical device that produces an intense beam of light (in this case, used as a weapon)
DefinitionGenerally laser means:
an optical device that produces an intense monochromatic beam of coherent light
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recite
6 uses
As she continued to recite his rights, a flash from her eyes had the federal deputies and onlookers backing off.
recite = said aloud (something previously memorized)
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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revere
3 uses
"The library," he announced in reverent terms, and opened the door for her.
reverent = with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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scrupulous
1 use
Obviously the victim had a love affair with clothes and a taste for the best and took scrupulous care of what she owned.
scrupulous = with careful attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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scrutiny
1 use
Your reputation, and your motives will come under close scrutiny after your death.
scrutiny = careful inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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sedate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is sedate
A fire was burning sedately.†
sedately = in a calm and dignified manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sedate means:
calm and dignified
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tenacious
1 use
We have every confidence in your abilities and your tenacity, lieutenant.
tenacity = determination and persistence
DefinitionGenerally tenacious means:
persistent and unyielding
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ubiquitous
1 use
No system's foolproof, or completely breach resistant—even the ubiquitous Compuguard.
ubiquitous = being present everywhere
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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vacillate
1 use
She'd decided on it, rejected it, and generally vacillated until she'd disgusted herself.
vacillated = changed her mind back and forth
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
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