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Leaves of Grass
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Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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bard
30 uses
He calls himself a bard from Brooklyn.
bard = someone who composes and recites or sings poems about important events and people
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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benevolent
5 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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candid
5 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 13
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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 3
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copious
14 uses
She took copious notes.
copious = a lot of
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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credulous
2 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 21
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses 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
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit or yield
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 11
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diverse
11 uses
The college wants a diverse student body.
diverse = varied — in this case consisting of a population of different kinds of people — such as different ethnic groups and genders
DefinitionGenerally diverse means:
varied (having variety amongst things of the same kind) — especially with regard to ideas or members of a population group
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
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diversity
5 uses
Diversity has strengthened our Board of Directors.
diversity = the condition of variety
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 23
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divine
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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ephemeral
2 uses
Her fame was ephemeral.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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haughty
14 uses
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Book14 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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incessant
16 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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latent
19 uses
She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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 13
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pennant
28 uses
The underdog baseball team won the pennant after 162 hard fought games.
pennant = a flag given to a champion as an award
DefinitionGenerally pennant means:
a flag given to a champion as an award

or:

a triangular flag (often used for nautical signals)
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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pious
5 uses
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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prodigal
3 uses
The rainforest is filled with a prodigal variety of vegetation.
prodigal = abundant (many, many kinds)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
prudent
9 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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