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The Great Gatsby
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abstract
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
abstract thought
We all agree that we want what's "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 3
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affectation
1 use
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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coherent
4 uses
She is more coherent now than she was just after the accident an hour ago.
coherent = sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1
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convey
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
Please convey my gratitude for her hospitality.
convey = communicate or express
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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dilatory
2 uses
She accused the mayor of having been intentionally dilatory in eliminating corruption.
dilatory = slow (delaying)
DefinitionGenerally dilatory means:
inclined to delay (waste time or slow down); or intended to delay
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
florid color
Symptoms include loss of concentration and a florid face.
florid = a reddish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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garrulous
1 use
He's a garrulous guy who always has a good joke to share.
garrulous = talkative
DefinitionGenerally garrulous means:
talkative — especially about trivial matters
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grotesque
6 uses
The disease causes grotesque deformity.
grotesque = ugly distorted
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly or gross
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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irrelevant
2 uses
The sentence should be deleted because it introduces information that is irrelevant to the passage.
irrelevant = not relevant
DefinitionGenerally irrelevant means:
not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1
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jaunty
5 uses
She walks with a jaunty step.
jaunty = appearing cheerful, lively, and self-confident
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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magnanimous
1 use
He was magnanimous toward those he conquered.
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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1st useChapter 7
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obscure
4 uses
1  —1 use 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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 4
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?  —3 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
persistent
5 uses
She has a persistent cough.
persistent = continuing
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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precipitate
1 use
1  —1 use
adj as in: a precipitate decision
I had planned to ask her, but she made a precipitate departure.
precipitate = sudden (acting with great haste)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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1st useChapter 7
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prodigal
1 use
The rainforest is filled with a prodigal variety of vegetation.
prodigal = abundant (many, many kinds)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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1st useChapter 3
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supercilious
2 uses
Her mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air.
supercilious = showing arrogant disdain of those one views as unworthy
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1st useChapter 1
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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1st useChapter 9
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vacuous
1 use
Her credentials do not add weight to such vacuous comments.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
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1st useChapter 3
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