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Word: avert

Definition: prevent; avoid; turn away (eyes or thought); Ex. An accident was averted by his quick thinking; Ex. She averted her eyes from the terrible sight.


Sentences Containing 'avert'

Her hope had been to avert the wrath of Heaven from a House that had long been hateful to the suffering many.
He left generalizing, and went into details, began with his first murder; described it, told what measures he had taken to avert suspicion; then passed to his second homicide, his third, his fourth, and so on.
Villefort, becoming somewhat reassured, perceived that to avert the maternal storm gathering over his head, he must inspire Madame Danglars with the terror he felt.
"Last week he hurled the local blacksmith over a parapet into a stream, and it was only by paying over all the money which I could gather together that I was able to avert another public exposure.
He might avert it all if he would but tell me what he had done with the three missing stones.
It was a delicate part which I had to play then, for I saw that a prosecution must be avoided to avert scandal, and I knew that so astute a villain would see that our hands were tied in the matter.
When, under cover of the night, I flew to Miss Mills, whom I saw by stealth in a back kitchen where there was a mangle, and implored Miss Mills to interpose between us and avert insanity.

More Vocab Words

::: inane - silly; senseless; Ex. inane remarks; N. inanity
::: fraught - filled (with something unpleasant); full; Ex. fraught with danger and difficulties; CF. freight
::: sentimental - swayed by sentiment; appealing to the sentiments
::: gauche - clumsy (in social behavior); coarse and uncouth
::: idiosyncrasy - individual trait usually odd in nature; behavioral peculiarity; eccentricity; attitude, behavior, or opinion peculiar to a person; anything highly individual or eccentric; ADJ. idiosyncratic
::: scrupulous - conscientious; extremely thorough; Ex. scrupulous worker
::: oversee - watch over and direct; supervise; N. oversight: unintentional failure to notice or do something; supervision
::: arcane - esoteric; secret; mysterious; known only to the initiated; Ex. arcane ritual; Ex. arcane process closed to the uninitiated listener
::: disjointed - disconnected; lacking coherence; V. disjoint: disconnect; disjoin
::: detraction - slandering; aspersion; detracting; CF. detractor