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David Copperfield
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capricious
5 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
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-21
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complacent
8 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
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conciliatory
5 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22-24
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consequence
57 uses
1  —57 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (usually an undesired side effect)
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Book57 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 7-9
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depravity
3 uses
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37-39
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diligent
4 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 61-62
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earnest
76 uses
Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book76 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1-3
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expedient
9 uses
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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fallacious
3 uses
She reached a false conclusion that was based on fallacious reasoning.
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28-30
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guile
1 use
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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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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inquire
97 uses
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
inquire = ask about or look into
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
Word Statistics
Book97 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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ostentatious
2 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
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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perfidy
2 uses
She is guilty of perfidy if not treason.
perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28-30
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prosaic
2 uses
It was a prosaic and unimaginative essay.
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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recollect
101 uses
I think I recollect that she was away at college that year.
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
Word Statistics
Book101 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7-9
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repudiate
3 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
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-57
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resumption
49 uses
We hope for a resumption of negotiations.
resumption = the act of beginning again
DefinitionGenerally resumption means:
beginning again
Word Statistics
Book49 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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trepidation
3 uses
She began her first day at the new school with some trepidation.
trepidation = fear or anxiety about what will happen
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25-27
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venerate
9 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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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 55-57
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