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Moby Dick
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aesthetic
2 uses
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = in a manner that is beautiful or tasteful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 22-24
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augment
5 uses
Our school district hired a new counselor to augment our college counseling service.
augment = enlarge or increase
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1st useChapter 85-87
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capricious
5 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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1st useChapter 52-54
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clergy
2 uses
Under labor law, the clergy can be required to uphold the beliefs of the religion they have chosen.
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
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1st useChapter 82-84
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complacent
1 use
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 115-117
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disparage
1 use
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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1st useChapter 55-57
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dogged
3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
dogged by problems
The expedition was dogged by one problem after the next.
dogged = persistently annoyed; or followed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dogged means:
followed; or persistently annoyed
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1st useChapter 19-21
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
erudite
3 uses
She is an erudite professor.
erudite = having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
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1st useChapter 52-54
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fallacious
1 use
She reached a false conclusion that was based on fallacious reasoning.
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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1st useChapter 103-105
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immutable
3 uses
It is one of the immutable laws of physics.
immutable = not subject or susceptible to change
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1st useChapter 16-18
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impetuous
4 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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1st useChapter 49-51
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inflexible
4 uses
They accused her of being stubborn and inflexible.
inflexible = unbending (not willing to compromise or make concessions)
DefinitionGenerally inflexible means:
not flexible (not bendable or adaptable in various senses:)
  • not willing to compromise or make concessions — as when a boss says "Do it my way or you're fired."
  • not able to adjust well to different conditions — as of a schedule that cannot be changed
  • not easily bent without physical damage or injury — as of brittle steel or person with stiff joints
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1st useChapter 52-54
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mitigate
2 uses
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 40-42
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obstinate
4 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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1st useChapter 49-51
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opulent
3 uses
We were impressed by her opulent home.
opulent = magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
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1st useChapter 94-96
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perfidy
2 uses
She is guilty of perfidy if not treason.
perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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1st useChapter 49-51
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remonstrate
5 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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1st useChapter 16-18
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reprehensible
1 use
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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1st useChapter 82-84
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scrupulous
3 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 97-99
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sultry
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
sultry = hot and humid
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1st useChapter 46-48
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