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Nicholas Nickleby
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apathy
2 uses
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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capricious
3 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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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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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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1st useChapter 34
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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 50
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deride
4 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
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 45
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deter
4 uses
She was slow to decide what to do, but once she did nothing could deter her from her chosen course of action.
deter = discourage (prevent)
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 35
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expedient
8 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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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fastidious
5 uses
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 5
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guile
3 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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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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impetuous
6 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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Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 54
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indolent
2 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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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inquire
147 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
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Book147 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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lethargic
1 use
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 60
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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 51
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recollect
97 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
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Book97 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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refute
2 uses
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
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 14
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scrupulous
10 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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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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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 40
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