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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 90 uses
1  —80 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
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
Word Statistics
Book80 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —10 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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animate
95 uses
1  —95 uses as in:
animated by her strong belief
The right to pursue happiness is an animating principle of American government.
animating = inspiring people to action
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
Word Statistics
Book95 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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complacent
11 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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desist
2 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
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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disdain
13 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
Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
forage
11 uses
forage for firewood
forage = searched for and gathered
DefinitionGenerally forage means:
to search for and gather — often food and provisions
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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impetuous
11 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
Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 15 uses
1  —2 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
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
2  —9 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
Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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3  —4 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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philanthropy
6 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
Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
reprehensible
2 uses
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
reproach
71 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
Word Statistics
Book71 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
repudiate
2 uses
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
resolute
53 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book53 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
sagacious
2 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
zeal
11 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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