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The War of the Worlds
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assiduous
1 use
She is an assiduous student who expects to earn A's.
assiduous = diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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copious
1 use
She took copious notes.
copious = a lot of
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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discriminate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
discriminating taste
It costs more, but is worth it to people with discriminating taste.
discriminating = recognizing fine distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.2
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fugitive
14 uses
She is one of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted Fugitives.
fugitives = people fleeing law enforcement officers
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fugitive means:
someone who flees from an unpleasant situation — especially fleeing law enforcement officers
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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gesticulate
3 uses
The moderator turned her microphone off, leaving us to see her gesticulations, but not hear her words.
gesticulations = gestures (hand or body movements) made while speaking or to express something
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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grotesque
8 uses
The disease causes grotesque deformity.
grotesque = ugly distorted
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly or gross
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
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 1.1
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I climbed down the incline.
incline = something that is at an angle (in this case, probably sloping land)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1.7
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel advertising ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2.3
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses 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
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 1.1
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2  —2 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)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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remonstrate
1 use
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 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
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.5
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.7
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scrutiny
4 uses
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
scrutinized = looked very carefully at
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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serene
5 uses
While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
serenely = calmly and peacefully
DefinitionGenerally serene means:
calm and untroubled
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15
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timorous
2 uses
She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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tumult
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
tumult in financial markets
There is tumult in Tijuana as drug cartels fight for control.
tumult = confusion or disorder
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
confusion or disorder — often noisy
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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vestige
4 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
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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