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allude
20 uses
He alluded to Susan without mentioning her name.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book20 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
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candid
6 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8
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complacent
2 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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convention
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
conventional behavior
It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book10 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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2  —2 uses as in:
giving countenance
We will not countenance torture.
countenance = to tolerate or approve
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = postpone or delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 30
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deride
4 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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duplicity
1 use
I trust her. Duplicity isn't in her nature or her tool kit.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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mitigate
2 uses
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 21
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 13 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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2  —5 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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3  —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)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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opera
43 uses
She is a popular opera singer.
opera = a classical music play in which most of the dialogue is sung
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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Book43 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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philanthropy
3 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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repudiate
1 use
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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scrupulous
4 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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venerate
1 use
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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