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Emma
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acknowledge
31 uses
She acknowledged that she might have forgotten.
acknowledged = admitted
DefinitionGenerally acknowledge means:
express recognition of someone or something; or admit something
Word Statistics
Book31 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1.15-16
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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 1.1-2
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censure
6 uses
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7-8
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complacent
4 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3.1-2
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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
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15-16
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contrite
2 uses
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.7-8
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dissent
1 use
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1-2
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expedient
5 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
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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fastidious
1 use
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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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 2.15-16
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obscure
3 uses
1  —3 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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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 1.7-8
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obstinate
1 use
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9-10
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ostentatious
1 use
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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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7-8
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penury
1 use
The couple suffered from substance abuse, gambling, lack of family support, and other social ills that lead to penury.
penury = a state of extreme poverty or destitution
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15-16
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refute
1 use
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = proved or argued that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or attempt to prove that something is false
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.1-2
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remonstrate
4 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15-16
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sagacious
1 use
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.17-18
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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)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15-16
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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 3.3-4
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zeal
4 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.13-14
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