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anathema  Speak Example sentences
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n. a formal curse by a pope or a council of the Church, excommunicating a person or denouncing a doctrine
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n. strong coffee, or a cup of this, made by forcing hot water through crushed coffee beans and served without milk
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n. a large spiral shell, or the tropical snail-like sea creature that lives in it
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n. short-legged flightless birds of cold southern, especially Antarctic regions
anemone  Speak Example sentences
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a. puffed up with vanity, lofty in style
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a. of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true
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n. any woodland plant of the genus Anemone grown for its beautiful flowers and whorls of dissected leaves
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n. a slight wind, usually refreshing
cacophony  Speak Example sentences
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n. a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
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n. harsh discordant mixture of sounds
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v. agree or express agreement, take on duties or office
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ad. in a way that appears or claims to be one thing when it is really something else
cardsharp  Speak Example sentences
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n. the seeds of a South American plant that are cooked and eaten as food
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n. military supplies, especially weapons and bombs
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n. a person who cheats at cards in order to win money
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a. of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true
colonel  Speak Example sentences
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n. a commissioned military officer in the army who ranks above a lieutenant colonel and below a brigadier general
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n. a set of connected rooms, especially in a hotel
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n. strong coffee, or a cup of this, made by forcing hot water through crushed coffee beans and served without milk
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ad. in a way that appears or claims to be one thing when it is really something else
dilate  Speak Example sentences
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v. add details, as to an account or idea, clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
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a. confidently optimistic and cheerful, positive and hoping for good things
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n. a frozen dessert made primarily of fruit juice and sugar, but also containing milk or egg-white or gelatin
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n. a person who cheats at cards in order to win money
espouse  Speak Example sentences
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v. take in marriage, become involved with or support an activity or opinion
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n. any woodland plant of the genus Anemone grown for its beautiful flowers and whorls of dissected leaves
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a. having succeeded or being marked by a favorable outcome
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n. a formal curse by a pope or a council of the Church, excommunicating a person or denouncing a doctrine
fatuous  Speak Example sentences
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v. take in marriage, become involved with or support an activity or opinion
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a. placing too much emphasis on minor details
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n. a thick, white sauce made from oil, vinegar, and the yellow part of eggs, usually eaten cold
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a. stupid, not correct, or not carefully thought about
maelstrom  Speak Example sentences
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n. a powerful circular current of water (usually the result of conflicting tides)
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n. a current of unpleasantly cold air blowing through a room
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n. an extreme state of adversity, the lowest point of anything
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a. (of a woman's body) having soft, curved, sexually attractive body
nadir  Speak Example sentences
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v. add details, as to an account or idea, clarify the meaning of and discourse in a learned way, usually in writing
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a. of doubtful authenticity, although widely circulated as being true
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a. puffed up with vanity, lofty in style
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n. an extreme state of adversity, the lowest point of anything