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The War of the Worlds
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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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Book1 uses
Library1 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 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
excavating and embanking in a methodical and discriminating manner.
discriminating = careful about how and where the embanking is done (aware of differences)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.2
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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 flees from an unpleasant situation — especially fleeing law enforcement officers
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Book14 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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gesticulate
3 uses
It is commonly supposed that they communicated by sounds and tentacular gesticulations;
gesticulations = movements
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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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
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 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
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 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 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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 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
Dense clouds of smoke or dust ... spread through the clearness of the planet's atmosphere and obscured its more familiar features.
obscured = 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
In the obscurity I could see he made a gesture of despair.
obscurity = darkness
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
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 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.
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
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.
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)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.7
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scrutiny
4 uses
I did not know what these were—there was no time for scrutiny—and I put a more horrible interpretation on them than they deserved.
scrutiny = careful look or inspection
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
With infinite complacency men went to and fro over this globe about their little affairs, serene in their assurance of their empire over matter.
serene = calm and untroubled
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15
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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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses 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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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
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 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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vestige
4 uses
this new and culminating atrocity had robbed him of all vestiges of reason or forethought.
vestiges = traces
DefinitionGenerally vestige means:
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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