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advocate
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
to advocate
She advocates stricter gun control.
advocates = publicly supports
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support someone or something
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 32
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amiable
8 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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austere
5 uses
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7
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belligerent
6 uses
She spoke to her teacher in a belligerent tone and was sent to the office.
belligerent = hostile or combative
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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benevolent
5 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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condescending
9 uses
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards him
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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credulous
5 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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denounce
8 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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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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diligent
5 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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incessant
6 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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notorious
5 uses
He was a notorious drug dealer.
notorious = well known for something bad
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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philanthropy
1 use
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
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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pious
5 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
Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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prosaic
1 use
It was a prosaic and unimaginative essay.
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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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 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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resolute
11 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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socialism
12 uses
She believes that more socialism would be more fair.
socialism = an economic system based on government ownership and control of all companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
DefinitionGenerally socialism means:
an economic system based on government ownership or control of all important companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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zenith
188 uses
He met her when her career was at its zenith.
zenith = highest point
DefinitionGenerally zenith means:
the highest point - physically or as a metaphor
Word Statistics
Book188 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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