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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
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benevolent
2 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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cease
15 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Book15 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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certitude
3 uses
Her certitude has given way to doubt.
certitude = certainty
DefinitionGenerally certitude means:
total certainty or (more rarely) something that is certain to happen
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Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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clergy
2 uses
Under labor law, the clergy can be required to uphold the beliefs of the religion they have chosen.
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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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
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grave
11 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Book11 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
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guile
2 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
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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indifferent
7 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)
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Book7 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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loathe
10 uses
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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Book10 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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mockery
13 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)
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Book13 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use 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
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Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 2
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2  —2 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
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 3
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parley
4 uses
The two countries sent peace negotiators to parley in Paris.
parley = a negotiation or discussion — especially between enemies
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Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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peasant
13 uses
Most people in the Middle Ages were peasants.
peasants = used historically: people of low income, education, and social standing
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book13 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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prudent
3 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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revere
3 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
Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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scrupulous
4 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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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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torment
21 uses
She enjoys tormenting others.
tormenting = causing great mental or physical suffering
DefinitionGenerally torment means:
to cause or to experience great mental or physical suffering
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Book21 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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venerate
1 use
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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