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The Scarlet Letter
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abstruse
1 use
The professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them.
abstruse = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally abstruse means:
difficult to understand; or not known by the great majority of people
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Book1 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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acute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
acute vision
Beavers have an acute sense of smell.
acute = sharp (highly perceptive or intelligent)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (highly perceptive in some area or mentally sharp)

(often with a connotation that resulting awareness is painful)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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alacrity
1 use
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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benevolent
4 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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capricious
5 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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countenance
12 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
decorum
5 uses
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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despondent
5 uses
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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diversity
2 uses
Diversity has strengthened our Board of Directors.
diversity = the condition of variety
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 7
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duplicity
1 use
I trust her. Duplicity isn't in her nature or her tool kit.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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eminent
13 uses
She is an eminent scholar.
eminent = standing above others in attainment or reputation
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Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 22
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esoteric
1 use
She published a compilation of her esoteric philosophical theories, but few copies sold and even fewer were understood.
esoteric = confined to and understandable by only a few — often an enlightened inner circle
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1st useIntr.
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interloper
1 use
All the new settlers made him feel like an interloper in the country of his fathers.
interloper = someone who intrudes or encroaches (inserts himself without invitation)
DefinitionGenerally interloper means:
someone or something that, without invitation, inserts itself — such as an uninvited guest at a party or a species that invades non-native territory
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penitent
7 uses
When her anger passed, she was penitent.
penitent = sorry for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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Puritans
24 uses
The Pilgrims who we remember on Thanksgiving were Puritans.
Puritans = English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries thought there were too many rituals in worship and who stressed hard work above pleasure
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Book24 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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sagacious
4 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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subsequent
8 uses
Her guess was proven right by subsequent developments.
subsequent = following
DefinitionGenerally subsequent means:
following something else
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useIntr.
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tremulous
13 uses
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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zeal
7 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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zenith
5 uses
He met her when her career was at its zenith.
zenith = highest point
DefinitionGenerally zenith means:
the highest point - physically or as a metaphor
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Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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