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Lord of the Flies
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anonymous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an anonymous author
Everyone wonders who has been sending her anonymous love letters.
anonymous = (written by) someone who did not reveal their name or identity
DefinitionGenerally this sense of anonymous means:
an unknown person, or of an unknown person — such as an unknown author, or donation of an unknown person
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 10
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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 1
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corpulent
1 use
The headline read:  Appeals Court Says Corpulent Cop Can Keep His Job
corpulent = excessively fat
DefinitionGenerally corpulent means:
with excessive body fat
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1st useChapter 9
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diffident
1 use
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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1st useChapter 6
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distend
1 use
One method of declawing is to severe the tendon that allows the claws to distend.
distend = to extend
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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1st useChapter 12
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ebullient
1 use
Her family was jumping for joy, but she was less ebullient.
ebullient = joyously unrestrained
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furtive
5 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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inarticulate
2 uses
She becomes inarticulate when she's nervous.
inarticulate = unable to express herself clearly
DefinitionGenerally inarticulate means:
unable to communicate clearly (or to use words) in various senses such as:
  • unable to find good words to express oneself — "She gets nervous and inarticulate whenever he's around."
  • verbally expressing a feeling without words — "She uttered an inarticulate cry of despair."
  • unable to make oneself heard and understood — "She mumbled inarticulately."
  • unable to speak — "She was inarticulate with rage."


or (more rarely): a feeling or idea that is not expressed — as in "We shared an inarticulate fear."
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1
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officious
1 use
She plays the role of a well-meaning but officious classmate who thinks she knows what's best for everyone.
officious = intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
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1st useChapter 2
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 5
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Lower interest rates positively affected home sales.
positively = in a good or beneficial manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
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reflection   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
my reflection in the mirror
I was looking at my reflection in her sunglasses.
reflection = image
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflection means:
an image (seen on a mirror or other shiny surface)
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 4
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2  —3 uses as in:
lit by the reflection
I watched the reflection of the sunlight in the underside of the pool umbrella.
reflection = light seen after it bounces off a surface to another
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflection means:
light seen after it bounces off a surface to another; or the process of bouncing light, sound, or other energy off of a surface
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
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sensuous
1 use
I made the bed with sensuous silk sheets.
sensuous = relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the mind
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1st useChapter 8
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specious
1 use
It's just another specious-sounding miracle diet.
specious = seemingly good, but without merit
DefinitionGenerally specious means:
seemingly good, but without merit

or:

insincere, but seemingly good
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1st useChapter 1
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subside
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
her anger subsided
I couldn't think clearly until the pain subsided.
subsided = became less severe
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subside means:
become less intense, less severe, or less active — perhaps going away entirely
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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vicissitudes
1 use
the project was subject to the usual vicissitudes of exploratory research
vicissitudes = changes — especially unanticipated difficulties
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1st useChapter 3
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wallow
1 use
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 7
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
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