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Moby Dick
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benevolent
7 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 91-93
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-33
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credulous
5 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
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desist
6 uses
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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diligent
10 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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disdain
6 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 10-12
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engender
3 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25-27
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forbearance
7 uses
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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incessant
9 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 46-48
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indolent
9 uses
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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leviathan
113 uses
They were assigned the leviathan of textbooks.
leviathan = the largest
DefinitionGenerally leviathan means:
something that is exceedingly large — absolutely or relative to its kind

or:

older usage:  a sea monster or whale
Word Statistics
Book113 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25-27
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —5 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
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 67-69
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2  —4 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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 52-54
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ostentatious
6 uses
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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pious
13 uses
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 67-69
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prodigious
19 uses
As a child, Mozart had a prodigious talent.
prodigious = enormous
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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Book19 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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prudent
11 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 46-48
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sagacious
9 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 76-78
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses 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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 19-21
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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 52-54
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