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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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Extra Credit Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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abolish
12 uses
She is in favor of abolishing the death penalty.
abolishing = eliminating (doing away with)
DefinitionGenerally abolish means:
eliminate (do away with)
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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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1st useChapter 23
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adulation
1 use
Don't grow dependent upon popular adulation. It comes and goes and reverses unexpectedly.
adulation = much admiration and praise
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1st useChapter 17
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Big Brother
79 uses
Be careful. Big Brother is watching.
Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so

(editor's note:  This expression was popularized by this book.)
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1st useChapter 1
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credulous
2 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 11
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debauchery
2 uses
I relaxed and enjoyed the evening without slipping into the surrounding debauchery.
debauchery = excessive drinking, casual sex, and/or drug abuse while partying
DefinitionGenerally debauchery means:
excessive drinking, casual sex, and/or drug abuse while partying — possibly for an evening, but often implying a wasteful, decadent life
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1st useChapter 6
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didactic
1 use
Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
didactic = describing someone as inclined too inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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1st useChapter 22
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digress
2 uses
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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1st useChapter 23
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dispose
6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the waste
How will they dispose of the waste?
dispose = throw away (get rid of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to throw away
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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4
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?  —5 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
doctrine
12 uses
She challenges accepted doctrine.
doctrine = generally accepted beliefs
DefinitionGenerally doctrine means:
a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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external
9 uses
External trade makes up almost half of the country's economy.
external = outside (in this case, trade with people and companies in other countries)
DefinitionGenerally external means:
outside

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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fallacy
3 uses
The entire argument is built on a fallacy.
fallacy = a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
DefinitionGenerally fallacy means:
a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning; or a common form of incorrect reasoning
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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frontier
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
the frontier of Tibet
Indian soldiers and technicians assisted in staffing some of the checkposts on the frontier with Tibet.
frontier = an international boundary or a wilderness at the edge of a settled area
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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hedonist
1 use
I'm a hedonist when it comes to chocolate.
hedonist = someone most motivated by pleasures — often sensual pleasures
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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hierarchy
8 uses
In two years, she hopes to have her bosses spot in the corporate hierarchy.
hierarchy = organization of job titles and reporting structure (or the chart depicting it)
DefinitionGenerally hierarchy means:
a ranking — typically by importance; or something with such a ranking — such as an organization of people
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 17
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passage
5 uses
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 7
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prosaic
1 use
It was a prosaic and unimaginative essay.
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
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1st useChapter 11
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relevant
4 uses
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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SATtop 10
1st useChapter 15
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repudiate
1 use
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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1st useChapter 3
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servile
1 use
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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1st useChapter 18
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