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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she was acquitted
Frankly, I don't see how we can vote for acquittal.
acquittal = an official finding of "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges; or (informally) to find someone innocent of a charge of having done wrong
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arrogant
3 uses
What d'ya mean, I don't understand it? ... [To the others.] How d'ya like this guy? ...he's telling us how to run the show. The arrogance of the guy!
arrogance = having an excessive sense of superiority
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breach
1 use
8TH JUROR: He may have lied. [To the 10TH JUROR.] Do you think he lied?
10TH JUROR: Now that's a stupid question. Sure he lied.
8TH JUROR [to the 4TH JUROR]: Do you?
4TH JUROR: You know my answer. He lied.
8TH JUROR [to the 5TH JUROR]: Do you think he lied?
5TH JUROR: I'm not sure . . . [He breaks off and looks nervously around.]
3RD JUROR [leaping into the breach]: You're not sure about what? ...
breach = break (in this case, the break in the conversation and a break in the shared agreement among most the jurors)
DefinitionGenerally breach means:
break — as in break an understanding or a break (gap) in a wall
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coincidence
2 uses
It would still be an incredible coincidence for another person to have stabbed the father with the same kind of knife.
coincidence = a situation where two things happened the same by chance even though it was unlikely
DefinitionGenerally coincidence means:
a situation where two things happened at the same time or in the same way by chance even though it was unlikely

(for example, if two students in the same class met by accident while visiting another country)
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defendant
2 uses
Nine of us now seem to feel that the defendant is innocent, but we're just gambling on probabilities.
defendant = a person legally accused in court
DefinitionGenerally defendant means:
a person or institution legally accused or sued in court
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distort
1 use
8TH JUROR: He said fifteen.
3RD JUROR: Now I'm telling you he said twenty. What're you trying to distort . . .
distort = to alter something in an untrue way
DefinitionGenerally distort means:
to alter something in an unnatural or untrue way
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diverge
1 use
Now this is where the stories offered by the boy and the State begin to diverge slightly.
diverge = to move apart; or be or become different
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forgery
1 use
He spent a year and a half in an orphanage while his father served a jail term for forgery.
forgery = making a copy of something and saying it is the original
DefinitionGenerally forgery means:
something that is represented as real even though it is a fake; or the making of such a fake item
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grave
1 use
You are faced with a grave responsibility.
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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hobbled
3 uses
The 8TH JUROR hobbles, dragging one leg, toward the chair that serves as the bedroom door.
hobbles = walked with difficulty (as though with an injury or physical impediment)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hobbled means:
walked with difficulty (due to injury or physical impediment)

or:

hindered (made the action or progress of something difficult)
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infallible
1 use
Being accused of murder isn't necessarily supposed to give him an infallible memory.
infallible = perfect (never wrong or failing)
DefinitionGenerally infallible means:
never wrong; or never failing
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monopoly
2 uses
Do you think you have a monopoly on the truth?
monopoly = a situation where there is only supplier of a good or service
DefinitionGenerally monopoly means:
the only supplier of a good or service; or a market with only one supplier
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
And no matter where you run into it, prejudice obscures the truth.
obscures = makes it hard to see; or overshadows
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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perceptible
1 use
The room begins to darken perceptibly now.
perceptibly = in a manner that is capable of being noticed
DefinitionGenerally perceptible means:
capable of being noticed — typically because it is different enough or large enough
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prejudice
2 uses
And no matter where you run into it, prejudice obscures the truth.
prejudice = unreasonable and unfair beliefs or feelings — especially against members of a race, religion, or other group
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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refute
1 use
You can't refute facts.
refute = disprove (prove that something is false)
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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resume
1 use
He resumes his pacing, counting to himself, and reaches the wall.
resumes = begins again
DefinitionGenerally resume means:
begin or take on again
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simulate
3 uses
The 12TH JUROR crosses to the 8TH JUROR and using his closed hand, simulates stabbing the 8TH JUROR in the chest.
simulates = makes an imitation or representation of
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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testify
5 uses
The woman testified in court.
testified = provided evidence of something — especially oral evidence in court
DefinitionGenerally testify means:
provide evidence of something — especially to say something under oath in a court of law
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testimony
14 uses
Well, I think that testimony that could put a human being into the electric chair should be that accurate.
testimony = a statement that serves as evidence
DefinitionGenerally testimony means:
something that serves as evidence — especially a statement at a trial or hearing
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