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amiable
17 uses
Martin, in ... his distaste for the amiable dullness of Irving Watters, turned to the roaring Clif as to something living and experimenting.
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
he could not forget the cool ascetic hours in the laboratory
ascetic = relating to self-denial (of comfort and luxury)
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...
Gottlieb had asserted that they produced doubtful vaccines,
asserted = said (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
you may have hit on the supreme way to kill pathogenic bacteria.
bacteria = microorganisms (living creatures so small it takes a microscope to see them)

(editor's note:  Something that is pathogenic causes disease.)
DefinitionGenerally bacteria means:
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
There was at the time, in certain places, a doubt as to how benevolent the United States had been to its Little Brothers—Mexico, Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua—and the editors and politicians were grateful to Martin for this proof of their sacrifice and tender watchfulness.
benevolent = kind or generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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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
They came out at a medical convention in Philadelphia
convention = large conference or meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
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2  —7 uses as in:
conventional behavior
I do so hate these conventional phrases that everybody uses, don't you?
conventional = something regarded as typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 5
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denounce
21 uses
Martin hastened to Terry, declaring that he would resign—would denounce— would expose— Yes!
denounce = accuse 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
They ignored traffic regulations, they disdained the people, returning from theaters and movies, who dotted the streets which unrolled before the flying gray hood.
disdained = treated as inferior
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 7
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epidemic
36 uses
They're not going to permit another great epidemic of it.
epidemic = a widespread outbreak of an infectious disease
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
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Book36 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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esoteric
6 uses
...the ordeal of a professional social life, and he could never understand that esoteric phenomenon, the dinner-party—the painful entertainment of people whom one neither likes nor finds interesting.
esoteric = understandable by only an enlightened inner circle
DefinitionGenerally esoteric means:
confined to and understandable by only a few — often an enlightened inner circle
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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
Martin perceived new avenues of exciting research;
perceived = saw (became aware of or viewed things in a certain way so as to believe)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 26
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philanthropy
3 uses
a philanthropist who was generous only because it larded his vanity.
philanthropist = someone who helps others

(editor's note:  larded is a synonym for embellished or adorned)
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39
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pious
9 uses
I am a pious agnostic.
pious = behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

(editor's note:  an agnostic is someone who says they do not know if God exists or not)
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
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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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pretense
11 uses
He had stopped his pretense of working; he was standing before her, arms akimbo, dark eyes demanding.
pretense = an appearance or action to help one pretend
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Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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pretentious
10 uses
I am sorry you are not to have the fun of being pretentious and successful—for a while.
pretentious = acting more impressive than is deserved
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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prosaic
2 uses
She spoke with scorn of the other inhabitants of the apartment-house, who were "so prosaic, so conventional..."
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging

(editor's note:  scorn is a synonym for contempt or disrespect)
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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querulous
2 uses
Because he was so intimately fond of her and so sure of her, because anger and eager hot injustices are but ways of expressing trust, Martin was irritated by her and querulous with her as he would not have endured being with any other woman, any charming Orchid.
querulous = habitually complaining
DefinitionGenerally querulous means:
habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolute
10 uses
Clif had risen, not too steadily, though his voice and his eyes were resolute.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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vacuous
2 uses
In the study of the profession to which he had looked forward all his life he found irritation and vacuity as well as...
vacuity = lack of intelligent thought
DefinitionGenerally vacuous means:
lacking intelligent thought
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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