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Brave New World
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abject
8 uses
She grew up in abject poverty; though she didn't know it.
abject = extreme
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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avert
11 uses
We are trying to avert a strike.
avert = prevent
DefinitionGenerally avert means:
prevent from happening

or:

turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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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 useChapter 5
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caustic
1 use
Don't get it on your skin. It's caustic.
caustic = harsh or capable of hurting skin (like a strong acid)
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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delta
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
delta wing aircraft
The aircraft uses a delta wing configuration.
delta = shaped like the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet (a triangle)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delta means:
the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet; or an object shaped like its capital form (like an equilateral triangle)
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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deride
8 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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elated
5 uses
The elated winner couldn't stop smiling.
elated = had a feeling of happiness and excitement
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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embryo
35 uses
The doctor implanted multiple embryos to increase the chances of a successful pregnancy.
embryos = a human in the first eight weeks of pregnancy
DefinitionGenerally embryo means:
an animal organism in the early stages of growth; in humans the first eight weeks of pregnancy (prior to the fetal stage)
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Book35 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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impudent
8 uses
She is an impudent girl given to insulting strangers.
impudent = improperly bold or disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
Web Links
novel
1 use
We're looking for novel advertising ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 12
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orthodox
8 uses
The new findings challenge orthodox views.
orthodox = standard (adhering to what is commonly accepted)
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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relevant
1 use
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
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
remorse
7 uses
There was no sign of remorse until the police caught her.
remorse = strong regret
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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reproach
7 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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solidarity
13 uses
The incident threatens Arab solidarity.
solidarity = agreement and mutual support
DefinitionGenerally solidarity means:
a state of agreement and support — especially for political action
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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surrogate
27 uses
The candidate stays positive by using surrogates to attack his opponent.
surrogates = someone (or something) taking the place of another
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
synthetic
24 uses
The couch is covered with synthetic leather.
synthetic = artificial (man-made rather than natural)
DefinitionGenerally synthetic means:
artificial (man-made rather than natural)

or more rarely:

apparent, but not genuine
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
vivacious
2 uses
She's a charming and vivacious hostess.
vivacious = has an engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
an engaging liveliness
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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