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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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affront
1 use
She considered anything but the very best manners to be an affront to her dignity.
affront = intentional insult
DefinitionGenerally this sense of affront means:
an intentional insult; or to intentionally insult
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1st useChapter 29
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aggravate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he aggravates me
She is the most aggravating person I know.
aggravating = annoying or irritating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of aggravate means:
annoy or irritate
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1st useChapter 15
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blithe
1 use
She spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.
blithe = carefree and happy
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1st useChapter 39
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candid
1 use
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 29
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contrite
1 use
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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contrived
2 uses
The novel has a contrived ending.
contrived = unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)
DefinitionGenerally contrived means:
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
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1st useChapter 11
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to convene
She is at the convention in Las Vegas.
convention = large conference or meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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SATtop 100
1st useChapter 42
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desperado
1 use
Desperados would not be troubled by such niceties.
desperados = bold outlaws
DefinitionGenerally desperado means:
a bold outlaw — especially from the American old west
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dismal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a dismal expression
It was a dark and dismal night.
dismal = depressing or gloomy
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1st useChapter 1
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disposition   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a kind disposition
She has a cheerful disposition.
disposition = normal mood or personality
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood or personality
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2  —1 use as in:
a disposition to learn
Her disposition is to work within whatever guidelines are set. She'll do a great job unless you need a rule breaker to solve this problem.
disposition = inclination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
inclination (something someone or something is inclined to do)
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1st useChapter 29
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dissipate
1 use
Airborne radiation dissipates over time and distance.
dissipates = gradually disappears
DefinitionGenerally dissipate means:
to gradually disappear; or to gradually waste
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1st useChapter 20
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domestic
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
domestic happiness
We share the domestic chores.
domestic = household (relating to home or family)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of domestic means:
relating to a home or family
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SATtop 500
1st useChapter 21
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nabob
1 use
They referred to him as a Nevada nabob when he opened his casino.
nabob = a rich or powerful person
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1st useChapter 6
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ornery
13 uses
I avoid contact when he's in an ornery mood.
ornery = cranky (easily annoyed and quick to complain and argue)
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1st useChapter 3
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palaver
1 use
She hates positive thinking palaver.
palaver = empty talk
DefinitionGenerally palaver means:
talk — typically empty talk or flattery
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1st useChapter 7
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remiss
1 use
I'd be remiss in this overview if I didn't also mention...
remiss = careless — not doing a good job
DefinitionGenerally remiss means:
careless — especially with regard to a duty
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1st useChapter 37
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scoundrel
3 uses
He's a scoundrel. Don't trust him.
scoundrel = someone without moral principles
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1st useChapter 31
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tedious
2 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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1st useChapter 38
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temperance
3 uses
The temperance movement led to Prohibition which completely outlawed the drinking of alcohol.
temperance = the belief that alcohol should not be drunk at all because it is harmful
DefinitionGenerally temperance means:
not drinking alcohol because it is thought to be harmful

or:

moderation (not doing something excessively) — such as not eating or drinking too much
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1st useChapter 5
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