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A Tale of Two Cities
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alacrity
1 use
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.14
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complacent
4 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.16
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contempt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.22
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deference
5 uses
They changed their strategy in deference to the President's wishes.
deference = respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.10
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denounce
20 uses
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book20 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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despondent
5 uses
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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dubious
4 uses
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.12
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engender
5 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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latent
5 uses
She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.24
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Monsieur
126 uses
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "sir" in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book126 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15
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obscure   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 12 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 2.23
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2  —2 uses 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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 3.1
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3  —2 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 2.12
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4  —6 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
The once shiny silver was now tarnished and obscure.
obscure = dark, dingy, or inconspicuous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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remonstrate
6 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3.5
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sagacious
4 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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ubiquitous
2 uses
We are all familiar with the company's ubiquitous advertisements.
ubiquitous = being present everywhere or all the time
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.14
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce something wanted; or the thing or amount produced
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3.15
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2  —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
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2.13
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