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Crime and Punishment
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aesthetic
3 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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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 6.7
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apathy
3 uses
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.6
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apparent
37 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book37 uses
Library50 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1.2
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capricious
2 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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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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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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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.5
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despair
44 uses
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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Book44 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.7
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dissent
2 uses
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.3
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eccentric
6 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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enigma
5 uses
As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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ephemeral
2 uses
Her fame was ephemeral.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.2
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impetuous
1 use
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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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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lethargic
1 use
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.1
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mitigate
3 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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4.5
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obsequious
1 use
In the film, Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts character loved being served by obsequious sales clerks.
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.3
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obstinate
6 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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parsimonious
1 use
Ebenezer Scrooge was parsimonious in Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
parsimonious = (having the trait of) extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
DefinitionGenerally parsimonious means:
extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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Book1 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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scrupulous
2 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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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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sedentary
1 use
forced by illness to lead a sedentary life
sedentary = requiring sitting or little activity
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.5
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servile
1 use
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.5
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trepidation
1 use
She began her first day at the new school with some trepidation.
trepidation = fear or anxiety about what will happen
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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