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Oliver Twist
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acquiesce
6 uses
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly comply
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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alacrity
3 uses
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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alternative
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
an alternative plan
Let's think of at least three alternatives before we decide what to do.
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
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benevolent
8 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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complacent
7 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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condescending
8 uses
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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contrast
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 39
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countenance
2 uses
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
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
desist
2 uses
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
I expect them to dispose of the matter this afternoon.
dispose = settle (something so it no longer requires attention)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
I am not disposed to help someone who has been so rude.
disposed = inclined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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engender
3 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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expedient
7 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
Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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impetuous
7 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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 8
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2  —5 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 42
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obstinate
9 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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prudent
8 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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remonstrate
12 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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