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Middlemarch
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accord
49 uses
1  —49 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book49 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
agitate
45 uses
Our goal is to agitate public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitate = stir up (create or increase emotional unrest)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
Word Statistics
Book45 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
anxiety
48 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
Word Statistics
Book48 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
apparent
40 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
Word Statistics
Book40 uses
Library50 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
capricious
7 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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
discord
1 use
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 4
Web Links
impetuous
18 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
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
imply
48 uses
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
Word Statistics
Book48 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
incantation
2 uses
She believes in the power of magical incantations.
incantations = creating a magical effect by saying words aloud
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —2 uses as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I climbed down the incline.
incline = something that is at an angle (in this case, probably sloping land)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
indecision
1 use
Don't mistake her thoughtfulness as weak indecision.
indecision = a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
DefinitionGenerally indecision means:
leaving a decision unmade due to uncertainty; or a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
indignant
40 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book40 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
novel
1 use
We're looking for novel advertising ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
ostentatious
8 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
Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
philanthropy
12 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
reticent
13 uses
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant — usually to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
scrupulous
16 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
Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
sensuous
4 uses
I made the bed with sensuous silk sheets.
sensuous = relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the mind
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
venerate
5 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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