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To Kill a Mockingbird
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acrimony
1 use
The meeting ended in acrimony.
acrimony = bitterness or anger
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1st useChapter 17, p.229.89
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ambidextrous
1 use
Most people are right-handed, but about 10% are left-handed and about 1% are ambidextrous.
ambidextrous = have the ability to use either hand with equal ease
DefinitionGenerally ambidextrous means:
the ability to use either hand with equal ease
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1st useChapter 17, p.238.8
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apprehension
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
apprehension about finals
She looked around the examination room with apprehension.
apprehension = worry about what is to come
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 24, p.307.41
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arbitration
1 use
They submitted their disagreement to binding arbitration.
arbitration = the hearing and determination of a dispute by an impartial referee
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving an argument with the help of an impartial referee
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1st useChapter 4, p.49.72
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assuage
1 use
The panel will have an equal number of Democrats and Republicans to help assuage concern that it could be used for political ends.
assuage = to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
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1st useChapter 1, p.3.14
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It is an attribute of...
The spreadsheet has a column to describe the breed of dog and then ten additional columns to indicate attributes of the breeds. For example the second column has the average full-grown weight.
attributes = characteristics
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.118.97
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auspicious
1 use
With good weather and no traffic, we had an auspicious start on our journey.
auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
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1st useChapter 4, p.43.4
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circumstantial evidence
3 uses
She argued that the accusations against her client were based on the worst kind of circumstantial evidence.
circumstantial evidence = evidence from which a fact can be inferred, but not directly proven
DefinitionGenerally circumstantial evidence means:
evidence from which a fact is reasonably inferred, but not directly proven
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1st useChapter 20, p.272.80
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context
1 use
She said she was quoted out of context and that anyone who read her full speech would know it.
context = in a misleading manner (because the quote left out additional words that changed the meaning of what was quoted)
DefinitionGenerally context means:
the setting or situation in which something occurs
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 20, p.274.11
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dictum
3 uses
She is fond of quoting Ken Kesey's dictum: "You can count the seeds in the apple, but you can't count the apples in the seed."
dictum = saying
DefinitionGenerally dictum means:
a short saying intended to make a point
in various senses, including:
  • a popular saying — such as "Nothing is certain but death and taxes."
  • a formal declaration from a respected source — such as the Constitution's statement that "Congress shall make no law ... abridging the freedom of speech"
  • a non-binding remark in a judge's opinion — short for obiter dictum
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1st useChapter 1, p.4.47
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elude
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your point eludes me
What you are seeing in him eludes me.
eludes = escapes understanding (is not understood by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elude means:
to escape understanding (not understand)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30, p.365.93
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induce
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
induce her to
The baby wasn't getting enough nutrients and oxygen, so we induced labor.
induced = caused (in this case, childbirth to start)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to persuade somebody to do something
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13, p.174.25
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irrelevant
3 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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17, p.236.47
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morbid
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
a morbid curiosity
She has a morbid interest in death.
morbid = unhealthy (related to death)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of morbid means:
suggesting unhealthy thoughts—such as of death and decay; or an unhealthy interest in such thoughts
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.10.88
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persecution
7 uses
Everyone knows about the persecution of the Jews by the Nazis.
persecution = very bad and unfair treatment
DefinitionGenerally persecution means:
very bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26, p.327.89
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premise   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
the premise of the argument
Her logic is fine except that it assumes a false premise.
premise = something assumed to be true and upon which other things are based
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1st useChapter 11, p.136.8
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2  —2 uses as in:
located on the premises
She was injured on the premises of the defendant.
premises = on the land or in a building
DefinitionGenerally this sense of premises means:
land and buildings together — especially of a business or organization
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17, p.228.64
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sustain
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
sustained by her faith
We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1, p.4.82
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wallow   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
wallow happily in the mud
The pigs wallowed in the large mud puddle.
wallowed = relaxed and perhaps rolled about
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to relax — especially of an animal rolling about in mud or shallow water

or more rarely:  a noun describing the mud puddle or indentation in which an animal relaxes or rolls around
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1st useChapter 2, p.25.47
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2  —2 uses as in:
wallow in self-pity
Don't wallow in your sorrows.
wallow = indulge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to indulge in an emotion or situation

(This is often said of something negative such as self-pity when no attempt is made to move beyond it. But it is also sometimes said without connotation just to indicate that someone has a lot of something such as money or luxury.)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.23.27
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