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ascetic
1 use
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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assume   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
She assumed power
The dictator assumed control of the country at midnight this morning.
assumed = took (power)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
beginning to take power or responsibility
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Book1 use
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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2  —2 uses as in:
She assumed a false identity
She assumed the identify of her victim until the body was found.
assumed = took on (or adopted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) — often while pretending or disguising
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Book2 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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consequence
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book8 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
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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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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dominate
16 uses
The defending World Champions dominated their unranked opponent.
dominated = controlled
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, or conspicuous
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Book16 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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grave
8 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book8 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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hideous
34 uses
The beast had hideous fangs.
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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Book34 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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indifferent
13 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, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book13 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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indolent
1 use
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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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inevitable
3 uses
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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infinite
13 uses
There are infinite possibilities.
infinite = unlimited; without boundaries; or too numerous to count
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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lethargic
1 use
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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loathe
17 uses
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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Book17 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use 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 = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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mockery
17 uses
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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Book17 uses
Library30 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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pathos
4 uses
The novel triumphs with humor and pathos.
pathos = a quality that arouses pity or sorrow
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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penitent
1 use
When her anger passed, she was penitent.
penitent = sorry for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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prudent
1 use
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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