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Don Quixote
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alacrity
3 uses
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.23-24
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austere
7 uses
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.9-10
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censure
5 uses
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5-6
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.3-4
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daunt
8 uses
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.33-34
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = postpone or delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.39-40
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delectable
6 uses
The cake is delicious, scrumptious and delectable.
delectable = extremely pleasing — especially to the sense of taste or to the eye
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.13-14
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depravity
5 uses
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.33-34
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digress
3 uses
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.27-28
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diligent
8 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
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.23-24
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.25-26
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.13-14
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disparage
5 uses
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
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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dogmatic
1 use
The dogmatic coach is fond of saying, "My way's the right way. Your way's the wrong way!"
dogmatic = prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.19-20
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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
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.0
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penury
2 uses
The couple suffered from substance abuse, gambling, lack of family support, and other social ills that lead to penury.
penury = a state of extreme poverty or destitution
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.0
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perturb
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she was perturbed
She is not perturbed by attacks from a hostile press.
perturbed = disturbed or made uneasy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perturb means:
to disturb in mind or make uneasy
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.55-56
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sagacious
7 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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scrupulous
12 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)
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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zeal
7 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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