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She died last year after a 'valiant' and bold battle with cancer.

possessing or acting with bravery or boldness : courageous


The Prime Minister 'presided' over a meeting of his inner Cabinet.

to exercise guidance, direction, or control; to occupy the place of authority


The President was in a 'pugnacious' mood when he was inquired about his past mistakes.

having a quarrelsome or combative nature : truculent


As he reached for the figure, he realized it was not 'corporeal' when his hands went straight through the shape.

having, consisting of, or relating to a physical material body; tangible, non-spiritual


People say I worry too much, but for 'aught' I know, a stranger could be watching all of my actions.

anything; all, everything


My paralyzed uncle takes 'vicarious' pride in his son’s running achievements.

experienced or realized through imaginative or sympathetic participation in the experience of another : substitutionary satisfaction


Because I love sharing knowledge, I chose teaching as my life’s 'vocation'.

a summons or strong inclination to a particular state or course of action; engaged in a particular occupation


Although no words were spoken, our nods represented our 'tacit' agreement to share the debt.

implied or indicated (as by an act or by silence) but not actually expressed; expressed or carried on without words or speech


A detective’s job is to 'discern' who is guilty of a particular crime by evaluating the evidence.

to detect with senses; to recognize or identify as separate and distinct; to notice


He was sick of cities and crowds, so he decided to go live by himself in the woods as a 'recluse'.

person who lives away from others : hermit, solitary, anchorite


The 'potency' of the drug is high.

the ability or capacity to achieve or bring about a particular result; force, power


I 'deprecate' TV sitcoms due to their childish and simpleminded storytelling.

to express disapproval of; to seek to avert, avoid


While the dictator had no legal power, he nevertheless desired to 'usurp' the government’s position.

to seize and hold (office, place, functions, powers, etc.) in possession by force or without right


I had no trouble believing the doctor's 'cogent' explanation about my strong need for the surgery.

having power to compel or constrain; appealing forcibly to the mind or reason : convincing


Dentists 'opine' flossing is essential for maintaining good dental health.

to express opinions


What is the name of the scientific 'nomenclature' in which sharks are studied?

name, designation; group of terms; the act or process or an instance of naming


The polar bear is an iconic 'denizen' of the snowy Arctic.



Because Mary and Frank have a 'volatile' relationship, they often argue.

characterized by or subject to rapid or unexpected change; tending to erupt into violence : explosive


As a knowledgeable talker, Carter can 'expatiate' on any topic.

to move about freely or at will : wander; to speak or write at length or in detail


Janice was at the 'apex' of her music career when she sold over a million copies of her second album.

the uppermost point : vertex; the highest or culminating point


During the tour, the 'grandeur' of the royal palace left me speechless.

the quality or state of being grand : magnificence


Since Bob and Mary are both book addicts, we jokingly 'surmise' the couple met in a library.

a thought or idea based on insufficient evidence : conjecture


The jeweler was able to easily 'descry' the true value of the large diamond.

to catch sight of; find out, discover


Because of the rain drought, the lake is nearly 'destitute' of water.

lacking something needed or desirable


My physician is always 'admonishing' me to eat more healthy foods.

to indicate duties or obligations to; to express warning or disapproval to especially in a gentle, earnest, or solicitous manner