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Brave New World
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blasphemy
1 use
The government of the Muslim nation monitors major websites for blasphemy.
blasphemy = disrespect of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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decorum
2 uses
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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deference
2 uses
They changed their strategy in deference to the President's wishes.
deference = respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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eccentric
1 use
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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flaccid
1 use
His flaccid handshake, didn't fill me with confidence.
flaccid = lacking firmness or strength
DefinitionGenerally flaccid means:
lacking in firmness or strength
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1st useChapter 14
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furtive
2 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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gesticulate
2 uses
The moderator turned her microphone off, leaving us to see her gesticulations, but not hear her words.
gesticulations = gestures (hand or body movements) made while speaking or to express something
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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1st useChapter 16
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gratuitous
1 use
She is known for distributing gratuitous insults.
gratuitous = unnecessary and unwarranted
DefinitionGenerally gratuitous means:
unnecessary and unwarranted

or less commonly (except where it is common in the legal field):  costing nothing
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1st useChapter 2
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grovel
1 use
She wasn't content just to win. She wanted to see me grovel.
grovel = show submission or fear
DefinitionGenerally grovel means:
to show submission or fear — sometimes by crawling or lying face down
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1st useChapter 16
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heresy
3 uses
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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indecision
2 uses
Don't mistake her thoughtfulness as weak indecision.
indecision = a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
DefinitionGenerally indecision means:
leaving a decision unmade due to uncertainty; or a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
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1st useChapter 4
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mollify
1 use
She managed to mollify the angry customer.
mollify = calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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1st useChapter 12
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 17
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2  —2 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 11
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obstinate
3 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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persistent
1 use
She has a persistent cough.
persistent = continuing
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 18
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prodigious
3 uses
As a child, Mozart had a prodigious talent.
prodigious = enormous
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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stoic
2 uses
She suffered quietly, courageously, with a stoic acceptance of her illness.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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superfluous
2 uses
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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1st useChapter 1
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wanton
2 uses
She is known for wanton behavior.
wanton = excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
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1st useChapter 15
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