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The Mill on the Floss
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agitate
26 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
Book26 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 5.1
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anxiety
24 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.9
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apathy
1 use
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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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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apparent
30 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library50 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1.2
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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
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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clergy
6 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)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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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 4.2
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conciliatory
5 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.4
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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
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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deride
2 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
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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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
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.6
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endure
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through (or to put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.3
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expedient
4 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
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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imply
16 uses
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 2.2
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indifferent
30 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)
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.6
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indignant
27 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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melancholy
19 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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obstinate
13 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.12
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remonstrate
15 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.11
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vex
18 uses
It is a vexing problem.
vexing = annoying
DefinitionGenerally vex means:
to annoy or disturb
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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