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abundant
9 uses
Farmers in the region enjoy good soil, moderate temperatures, and an abundant supply of water.
abundant = present in great quantity
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Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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adroit
1 use
She is an exceptionally adroit pianist.
adroit = skillful
DefinitionGenerally adroit means:
skillful in action or thought
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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anachronism
2 uses
The printed version is an expensive anachronism from an earlier time.
anachronism = something out of place for it's time - typically something that belongs in the past
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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bronze
19 uses
She received the bronze medal at the Olympics.
bronze = a metal alloy of copper and (usually) tin (that is given at the Olympics for a third place finish)
DefinitionGenerally bronze means:
a reddish brown metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin

or:

the reddish-brown color of the metal (such as a bronze tan)

or:

something made of the alloy — such as a sculpture
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
Please convey my gratitude for her hospitality.
convey = communicate or express
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
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desiccate
1 use
Their desiccated remains were found in the old lake bed.
desiccated = dried out
DefinitionGenerally desiccate means:
to remove moisture from something
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
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
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useEpil.
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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futile
4 uses
It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 10
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incredulous
3 uses
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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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 4
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use 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
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 11
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2  —3 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
The once shiny silver was now tarnished and obscure.
obscure = dark, dingy, or inconspicuous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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paradox
5 uses
It's the grandfather paradox of time travel in which a man cannot travel to a time before he was born and kill his grandfather.
paradox = a situation or statement that may be true but is surprising or seems impossible because parts of it seem to contradict each other
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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plausible
5 uses
She offered a plausible excuse.
plausible = apparently reasonable, but unproven
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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resolve
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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transitory
2 uses
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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vestige
5 uses
She had not yet lost the last vestige of hope.
vestige = a trace of something — especially as an indication that it was previously there
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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