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amiable
17 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book17 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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ascetic
4 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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assert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
asserted her opinion that...
The defense also asserts that the defendant has no previous record.
asserts = says (that something is true — especially something disputed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to say that something is true — especially something disputed
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Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 13
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bacteria
32 uses
The infection is caused by a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.
bacteria = microorganisms (living creatures so small it takes a microscope to see them) that can both cause disease and be beneficial.
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Book32 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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benevolent
8 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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convention   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —1 use as in:
to convene
She is at the convention in Las Vegas.
convention = large conference or meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
2  —7 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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 5
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denounce
21 uses
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book21 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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disdain
5 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 7
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epidemic
36 uses
Doctors are concerned about an epidemic outbreak of influenza this year.
epidemic = a widespread outbreak of a disease that is passed from one person to another
DefinitionGenerally epidemic means:
a widespread outbreak of a disease that is passed from one person (or other organism) to another

or more rarely:  anything that spreads quickly — especially something bad
Word Statistics
Book36 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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esoteric
6 uses
She published a compilation of her esoteric philosophical theories, but few copies sold and even fewer were understood.
esoteric = confined to and understandable by only a few — often an enlightened inner circle
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = become aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 26
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39
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pious
9 uses
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
pretense
11 uses
The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
pretense = an appearance to help pretend
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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pretentious
10 uses
Some people think she's pretentious, but I admire her ambition.
pretentious = acting more impressive than is deserved
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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prosaic
2 uses
It was a prosaic and unimaginative essay.
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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querulous
2 uses
He said it in a slightly querulous tone.
querulous = habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolute
10 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
vacuous
2 uses
Her credentials do not add weight to such vacuous comments.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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