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assiduous
1 use
They were all too assiduously engaged to talk to us as we passed.
assiduously = diligently (marked by care and persistent effort)
DefinitionGenerally assiduous means:
diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
Close on its apparition, and blindingly violet by contrast, danced out the first lightning of the gathering storm, and the thunder burst like a rocket overhead.
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1.10
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2  —5 uses as in:
there is a contrast
Across the Thames, except just where the boats landed, everything was quiet, in vivid contrast with the Surrey side.†
contrast = difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.1
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
Plenty of Londoners did not hear of the Martians until the panic of Monday morning. Those who did took some time to realise all that the hastily worded telegrams in the Sunday papers conveyed.†
conveyed = communicated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.14
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2  —3 uses as in:
convey her safely to
Carts, carriages everywhere, the most astonishing miscellany of conveyances and horseflesh.†
conveyances = means of transport
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
transport
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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copious
1 use
I prayed copiously.
copiously = a lot
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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fugitive
14 uses
Here we found an excited and noisy crowd of fugitives.
fugitives = people fleeing an unpleasant situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fugitive means:
someone who is running away or hiding to avoid arrest or an unpleasant situation
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Book14 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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grotesque
8 uses
Grotesque gleam of a time no history will ever fully describe!
grotesque = distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly or gross
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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hypothesis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
It must be, if the nebular hypothesis has any truth, older than our world; and long before this earth ceased to be molten, life upon its surface must have begun its course.†
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.1
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I am inclined to think that...
inclined = tending (having an attitude favoring)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I rose and walked unsteadily up the steep incline of the bridge.
incline = hill (angle)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.7
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novel
1 use
The second handling-machine was now completed, and was busied in serving one of the novel contrivances the big machine had brought.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.3
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a perspective of the entire block
Thus sunken, and seen in remote perspective, they appeared far less formidable than the huge iron bulk in whose wake the steamer was pitching so helplessly.†
perspective = view (appearance from where looking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a view — often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.17
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remonstrate
1 use
After some ineffectual remonstrance I kept away from him, staying in a room—evidently a children's schoolroom—containing globes, forms, and copybooks.
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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Book1 use
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.
I resolved to leave him—would that I had!
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
I stopped to look at them, drawing a lesson from their stout resolve to live.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.7
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timorous
2 uses
But he was one of those weak creatures, void of pride, timorous, anaemic, hateful souls, full of shifty cunning, who face neither God nor man, who face not even themselves.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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transitory
1 use
The red creeper was quite a transitory growth, and few people have seen it growing.
transitory = lasting a short time
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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tumult
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
tumult in financial markets
I splashed through the tumultuous water,
tumultuous = turbulent (confused and disordered)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
confusion or disorder — often noisy
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
I learned nothing fresh except that already in one week the examination of the Martian mechanisms had yielded astonishing results.†
yielded = produced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.9
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