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candid
1 use
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 34-36
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49-51
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16-18
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deride
3 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-33
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discern
14 uses
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePref.
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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
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4-6
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disparage
1 use
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7-9
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dubious
4 uses
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4-6
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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 31-33
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impetuous
2 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-21
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novel
3 uses
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
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 28-30
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parish
35 uses
Are we talking about a governmental or a religious parish?
parish = a local church community

or in Louisiana:  a jurisdiction of government like a county
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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perplex
13 uses
Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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prudent
2 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4-6
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 22-24
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stoic
4 uses
She suffered quietly, courageously, with a stoic acceptance of her illness.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-45
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superfluous
7 uses
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 20 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
trifle with her affections
She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28-30
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2  —16 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
trifling = things of little importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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