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agitate
50 uses
Our goal is to agitate public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitate = stir up (create or increase emotional unrest)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
Word Statistics
Book50 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 24
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amiable
16 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book16 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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benevolent
6 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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candid
4 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 12
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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 7
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clergy
5 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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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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complacent
8 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 33
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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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 25
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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 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 14
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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
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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indifferent
26 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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Book26 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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indolent
10 uses
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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minuteness
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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prudent
5 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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recollect
33 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
Book33 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 40
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revere
1 use
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
Book1 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 34
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sanguine
12 uses
She argues that we've been too sanguine about the challenge in inner city schools.
sanguine = confidently optimistic and cheerful
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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scrupulous
7 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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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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taint
1 use
Authorities said the milk was tainted with rat poison.
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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zeal
5 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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