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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 heavy firing that had broken out while we were driving down Maybury Hill ceased as abruptly as it began,
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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apathy
1 use
Certainly this news excited people intensely, whatever their previous apathy.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 1.14
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apparent
12 uses
Apparently his neck had been broken.
apparently = clearly or obviously
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
My imagination became belligerent, and defeated the invaders in a dozen striking ways; something of my schoolboy dreams of battle and heroism came back.
belligerent = warlike
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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1st useChapter 1.9
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cease
16 uses
As they grew hungry the rights of property ceased to be regarded.
ceased = discontinued
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
With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter.
complacency = without concern — often to a fault
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 1.1
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decorum
1 use
Their conceptions of ornament and decorum were necessarily different from ours; and not only were they evidently much less sensible of changes of temperature than we are, but changes of pressure do not seem to have affected their health at all seriously.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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1st useChapter 2.2
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despondent
1 use
I sat about in the darkness of the scullery, in a state of despondent wretchedness.
despondent = emotionally depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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1st useChapter 2.5
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deter
2 uses
There were three policemen too, one of whom was mounted, doing their best, under instructions from Stent, to keep the people back and deter them from approaching the cylinder.
deter = discourage an action
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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1st useChapter 1.6
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efficacious
1 use
He would weep for hours together, and I verily believe that to the very end this spoiled child of life thought his weak tears in some way efficacious.
efficacious = effective in producing an intended effect
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1st useChapter 2.3
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emerge
11 uses
After the glimpse I had had of the Martians emerging from the cylinder
emerging = coming out
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
And in this connection it is curious to remark that even on this earth Nature has never hit upon the wheel, or has preferred other expedients to its development.
expedients = actions that are speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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1st useChapter 2.2
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furtive
2 uses
He had hid under the dead horse for a long time, peeping out furtively across the common.
furtively = while 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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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incessant
3 uses
life is an incessant struggle for existence
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.17
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lethargic
2 uses
rousing myself from the lethargy that had fallen upon me, I looked down and saw...
lethargy = lack of energy
DefinitionGenerally lethargic means:
lacking energy
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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mean
1 use
The planet Mars, I scarcely need remind the reader, revolves about the sun at a mean distance of 140,000,000 miles, and the light and heat it receives from the sun is barely half of that received by this world.
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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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
It required a certain amount of scientific education to perceive that the grey scale of the Thing was no common oxide,
perceive = see (understand)
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
But now that I was beginning to understand something of his quality, I could divine the stress he laid on doing nothing precipitately.
precipitately = with great haste

(editor's note:  In this context, divine is a synonym for understand.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 2.7
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sufficient
10 uses
as soon as I could collect myself sufficiently I told her the things I had seen.
sufficiently = adequately
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
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
He had swept it out of existence, as it seemed, without any provocation, as a boy might crush an ant hill, in the mere wantonness of power.
wantonness = something excessively bad (in this case cruelty)
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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