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Leaves of Grass
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aesthetic
1 use
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
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 24
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apathy
1 use
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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ascend
29 uses
We saw the rocket ascend.
ascend = move or slope upward
DefinitionGenerally ascend means:
to move or slope upward
Word Statistics
Book29 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 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
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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conciliatory
1 use
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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descend
27 uses
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move or slope downward

or:

come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor

or:

come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library30 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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 34
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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)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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disdain
3 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
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 23
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emerge
25 uses
China recently emerged as a world power.
emerged = came out (became)
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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emulate
2 uses
It wasn't just that she copied her older sister's hairstyle. She tried to emulate her in every way.
emulate = imitate (copy)
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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extol
2 uses
She extolled passage of the law as a victory for all Americans.
extolled = praised, glorified, or honored
DefinitionGenerally extol means:
praise, glorify, or honor
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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guile
3 uses
Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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immortal
49 uses
Zeus and the other gods were supposed to be immortal.
immortal = to live forever
DefinitionGenerally immortal means:
someone who lives forever

or:

a person of enduring fame
Word Statistics
Book49 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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indifferent
17 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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indolent
3 uses
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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inevitable
6 uses
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 6
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mockery
30 uses
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 17
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revere
2 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 15
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venerate
2 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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