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The War of the Worlds
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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
The bus came to an abrupt stop.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
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Book1 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.14
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apparent
12 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
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Book12 uses
Library50 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1.9
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belligerent
1 use
She spoke to her teacher in a belligerent tone and was sent to the office.
belligerent = hostile or combative
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
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cease
16 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Book16 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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complacent
1 use
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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decorum
1 use
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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despondent
1 use
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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deter
2 uses
She was slow to decide what to do, but once she did nothing could deter her from her chosen course of action.
deter = discourage (prevent)
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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efficacious
1 use
The drug is safe and efficacious.
efficacious = effective in producing an intended effect
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Book1 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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emerge
11 uses
China recently emerged as a world power.
emerged = came out (became)
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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Book11 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.5
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expedient
1 use
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
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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furtive
2 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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incessant
3 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.17
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lethargic
2 uses
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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mean
1 use
We have a mean annual rainfall of 23 inches.
mean = average
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mean means:
an average of n numbers computed by dividing the sum of the numbers by n; for example, 3 for the numbers 1,2, and 6

= (1+2+6) / 3
= 9 / 3
= 3
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Book1 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = become aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.3
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precipitate
2 uses
1  —2 uses
adj as in: a precipitate decision
I had planned to ask her, but she made a precipitate departure.
precipitate = sudden (acting with great haste)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 2.7
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sufficient
10 uses
We have sufficient supplies.
sufficient = adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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Book10 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2.4
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wanton
1 use
She is known for wanton behavior.
wanton = excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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