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censure
1 use
It also nearly got him censured from the House and...
censured = harsh or formal criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11
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contemptible
3 uses
...are the most contemptible, cowardly, and vile breed of criminals,
contemptible = deserving no respect (worthless or of bad quality)
DefinitionGenerally contemptible means:
very bad (deserving no respect)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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deposition
13 uses
Andrew Judson sat at the large oak desk in his study reading depositions for an upcoming trial.
depositions = transcripts of pretrial questioning of witnesses
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deposition means:
a pretrial questioning of a witness or the resulting transcript
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Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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dubious
4 uses
Baldwin had the dubious task of approaching Judson to ask for a postponement.
dubious = full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.2
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
The Mende Mission was established in 1842 by William Raymond after James Steele and Henry Wilson decided to return to America.†
established = founded (started)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.7
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2  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
Ellsworth went into extensive questioning of both Green and Fordham, trying to establish that they had come across the Amistad first.†
establish = show
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.7
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interpret
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
interpret Spanish to English
"Just after dark," Antonio said through a Spanish interpreter.†
interpreter = someone who translates language
DefinitionGenerally this sense of interpret means:
to translate words into spoken words of another language

(This word is especially used in place of translate when the translation is done real-time, or on-the-fly, or immediately as needed.)
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Book8 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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persist
8 uses
And so the activities of abolitionists persisted.
persisted = continued
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.4
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prejudice
10 uses
"...his impressions were highly prejudiced in favor of the blacks and against the Spanish slave owners."
prejudiced = with beliefs or feelings that prevent objective consideration
DefinitionGenerally prejudice means:
to have unreasonable belief that is unfair to members of a race, religion, or other group

or more generally:

to have (or create in others) an unreasonable belief that prevents objective (unbiased) consideration of an issue or situation
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Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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prudent
4 uses
They also saw a gradual end to slavery as the most prudent way to solve the problem.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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recession
1 use
However, the economy soured in early 1838, taking the country into a deep recession.
recession = period when the economy does poorly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of recession means:
a period when the economy does poorly
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1st useChapter 2.7
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rectify
1 use
By intercepting the Amistad, the government not only rectified a mutinous situation, but also verified that the slaves were in fact rebellious property.
rectified = fixed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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1st useChapter 2.7
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refute
3 uses
Each excuse was refuted.
refuted = argued against or disproven
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.10
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relevant
1 use
Of these, Your Honor, it is Articles 8 and 9 which contain most of the salient points relevant to this case.
relevant = related in a meaningful way

(editor's note:  In this context, salient is a synonym for notable.)
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.7
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
"I will render my ruling on Monday," Judge Thompson said.
render = make (give)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.7
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
This is a man steeped in hope, determination, and resolve.
resolve = firmness of purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.1
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2  —8 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
That could take weeks to resolve.
resolve = settle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.7
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satiate
3 uses
And now you would have the lives of the others snuffed out merely to satiate your own personal indignation.
satiate = to indulge a hunger
DefinitionGenerally satiate means:
to satisfy a hunger; or fill to satisfaction (typically said of hunger for food, but can be said of anything desired—such as of knowledge or sensual pleasure)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.6
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testimony
30 uses
Won't his testimony validate that they are, in fact, Africans?
testimony = statements that serve as evidence
DefinitionGenerally testimony means:
something that serves as evidence — especially a statement at a trial or hearing
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Book30 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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writ
17 uses
"I must admit, Lewis, that it is highly unlikely that the judge will issue a writ for the blacks," Baldwin said.
writ = an order issued by a court or judicial officer
DefinitionGenerally writ means:
law:  an order issued by a court or judicial officer

or more rarely:

archaic term for written or wrote
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Book17 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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