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Brave New World
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abject
8 uses
A look from Mustapha Mond reduced him to an abject silence.
abject = extreme and miserable
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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avert
11 uses
...and averted his eyes.
averted = turned away
DefinitionGenerally avert means:
prevent from happening

or:

turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
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Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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benevolent
4 uses
Eyes shone, cheeks were flushed, the inner light of universal benevolence broke out on every face in happy, friendly smiles.
benevolence = kindness or generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
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
On Rack 10 rows of next generation's chemical workers were being trained in the toleration of lead, caustic soda, tar, chlorine.
caustic = of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as 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
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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
...intensified the contempt and hostility...
contempt = disrespect and dislike
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
their caste was Delta
delta = named for the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet
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
The singing words mocked him derisively.
derisively = with treatment as though he was inferior and unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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elated
5 uses
The Director's threats had actually elated him, made him feel larger than life.
elated = made to feel happy and excited
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
Nothing like oxygen-shortage for keeping an embryo below par.
embryo = 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
Impudent strumpet!
impudent = improperly bold or disrespectful

(editor's note:  Strumpet, is seldom used these days, but it refers to a woman who is a prostitute or is especially promiscuous.)
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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novel
1 use
He sat for some time, meditatively frowning, then picked up his pen and wrote across the title-page: "The author's mathematical treatment of the conception of purpose is novel and highly ingenious, but heretical and, so far as the present social order is concerned, dangerous and potentially subversive."
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 12
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orthodox
8 uses
Unorthodoxy threatens more than the life of a mere individual; it strikes at Society itself.
unorthodoxy = beliefs that don't adhere to what is commonly accepted
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted
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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
an expression so profoundly miserable
profoundly = intensely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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relevant
1 use
"Containing all the relevant information," added the Director.
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 1
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remorse
7 uses
They had mocked him through his misery and remorse,
remorse = strong regret
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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reproach
7 uses
The look she gave him was charged with an unspeakable terror–with terror and, it seemed to him, reproach.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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solidarity
13 uses
...and final consummation of solidarity,
solidarity = a state of agreement and support — especially for political action
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Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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surrogate
27 uses
vitaminized beef-surrogate
surrogate = something that takes the place of something else (in this case, takes the place of real beef)
DefinitionGenerally surrogate means:
someone (or something) taking the place of another
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Book27 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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synthetic
24 uses
...the centrifugal pump that kept the liquid moving over the placenta and drove it through the synthetic lung and waste product filter.
synthetic = something made by people that simulates something created by nature
DefinitionGenerally synthetic means:
artificial (man-made rather than natural)

or more rarely:

apparent, but not genuine
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Book24 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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vivacious
2 uses
He spoke very quickly, had a vivacious blue eye, and took an evident pleasure in quoting figures.
vivacious = lively and engagingly
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
an engaging liveliness
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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