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To Kill a Mockingbird
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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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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.3.14
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It is an attribute of...
She described his physical attributes.
attributes = characteristics (of something or someone)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
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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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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 20, p.274.11
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domestic   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
the domestic market
The deparment is responsible for studying all the domestic species of animals and plants.
domestic = relating to a home country

or (much more rarely,): relating to a geographic area that is smaller than a country
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 13, p.173.90
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2  —2 uses as in:
domestic happiness
We share the domestic chores.
domestic = household (relating to home or family)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of domestic means:
relating to a home or family
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 11, p.141.44
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expound
1 use
You will be asked to expound on a teacher-selected topic from the book.
expound = explain or discuss in detail
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1st useChapter 3, p.32.22
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a florid style
He welcomed them with a florid bow and greeting.
florid = elaborate (with much decorative detail)
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1st useChapter 27, p.333.17
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irascible
1 use
She has an irascible nature at the best of times, but be especially careful to avoid her early in the morning.
irascible = easily angered
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1st useChapter 28, p.342.14
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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
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 17, p.236.47
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legislature
6 uses
The state legislature passed a law to increase the minimum wage, but the governor vetoed it while claiming it would reduce the number of entry-level jobs for young people.
legislature = a group, made up of government representatives, that has the power to create laws
DefinitionGenerally legislature means:
a group made up of government representatives (usually elected) that has the power to create laws
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.7.34
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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 18, p.241.0
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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 the horror of death and decay; or an unhealthy interest in it
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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 = ongoing unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
DefinitionGenerally persecution means:
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.327.88
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predilection
1 use
The group has an unfortunate predilection for fighting, drinking and drug use.
predilection = preference (a predisposition in favor of something)
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1st useChapter 1, p.11.35
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spurious
1 use
Don't be fooled by such spurious arguments.
spurious = false; or not genuine — often seeming plausible, or intentionally deceptive
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1st useChapter 26, p.327.32
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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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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1, p.4.82
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vapid
1 use
I thought the speech was vapid and pointless.
vapid = lacking flavor, liveliness, or interest
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1st useChapter 1, p.10.11
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wallow   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses 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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1st useChapter 2, p.23.27
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