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Picture of Dorian Gray - 13 chapter version
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arbitrary
1 use
It was an arbitrary decision.
arbitrary = based on chance or impulse
DefinitionGenerally arbitrary means:
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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blasphemy
1 use
The government of the Muslim nation monitors major websites for blasphemy.
blasphemy = disrespect of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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1st useChapter 10
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calumny
1 use
The committee is characterized by chaos and calumny.
calumny = false accusations
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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1st useChapter 9
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consummate
1 use
She is the consummate professional who never lets her personal life intrude on her responsibilities at the office.
consummate = to an extreme degree
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consummate means:
perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree
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doleful
1 use
It was another year of a doleful Detroit economy.
doleful = very sad; or causing sadness or misfortune
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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1st useChapter 9
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dominate
8 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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Book8 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 5
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enmity
1 use
The war has deepened tribal enmity.
enmity = hatred between enemies
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1st useChapter 1
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flaccid
1 use
His flaccid handshake, didn't fill me with confidence.
flaccid = lacking firmness or strength
DefinitionGenerally flaccid means:
lacking in firmness or strength
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1st useChapter 8
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florid   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a florid style
He welcomed them with a florid bow and greeting.
florid = elaborate (with much decorative detail)
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2  —1 use as in:
florid color
Symptoms include loss of concentration and a florid face.
florid = a reddish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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1st useChapter 8
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hedonist
2 uses
I'm a hedonist when it comes to chocolate.
hedonist = someone most motivated by pleasures — often sensual pleasures
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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hideous
20 uses
The beast had hideous fangs.
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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Book20 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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indifferent
11 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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Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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infinite
12 uses
There are infinite possibilities.
infinite = unlimited; without boundaries; or too numerous to count
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Book12 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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lethargic
1 use
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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1st useChapter 3
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 8
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obsequious
1 use
In the film, Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts character loved being served by obsequious sales clerks.
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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1st useChapter 8
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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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1st useChapter 2
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petulant
2 uses
She stomped her foot like a petulant child.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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1st useChapter 2
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sanguine
1 use
She argues that we've been too sanguine about the challenge in inner city schools.
sanguine = confidently optimistic and cheerful
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1st useChapter 6
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