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aesthetic
1 use
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = in a manner that is beautiful or tasteful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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apathy
1 use
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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candid
2 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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censure
2 uses
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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compulsion
3 uses
I had a compulsion to tell the brutal truth.
compulsion = strong urge (possibly uncontrollable)
DefinitionGenerally compulsion means:
a strong (possibly uncontrollable) urge to do something; or force or a requirement that forces an action
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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deride
2 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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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eccentric
2 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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futile
2 uses
It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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hackneyed
1 use
She writes in a hackneyed manner with nothing original.
hackneyed = writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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1st useChapter 8
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illustrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an illustrated children's book
I write and illustrate children's books.
illustrate = draw pictures to accompany
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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incredulous
4 uses
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 20
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indolent
1 use
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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inevitable
4 uses
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Book4 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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pious
5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a pious hypocrite
He was another pious slave owner who treated his slaves mercilessly.†
pious = self-righteous (acting as though one is, or believing one is highly moral when it is not true)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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unquizzed meaning  —3 uses
reticent
4 uses
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant — usually to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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revere
13 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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scrupulous
1 use
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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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stoic
1 use
She suffered quietly, courageously, with a stoic acceptance of her illness.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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