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abysmal
2 uses
The refugee camp has abysmal living conditions.
abysmal = very bad
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 31
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
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
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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denizen
2 uses
The book has photographs of deep sea creatures, and is called "Denizens of the Deep."
denizens = animals that inhabit a particular place
DefinitionGenerally denizen means:
a person or animal that inhabits or frequently visits a particular place
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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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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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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endure
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through (or to put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book5 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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fallacy
2 uses
The entire argument is built on a fallacy.
fallacy = a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
DefinitionGenerally fallacy means:
a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning; or a common form of incorrect reasoning
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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incredulous
3 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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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indifferent
7 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book7 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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indignant
12 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book12 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 16
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inquire
15 uses
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
inquire = ask about or look into
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Book15 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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minuteness
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
keep the minutes
The secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting.
minutes of the meeting = formal notes of the meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel advertising ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 39
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
I know you're unhappy there, but don't submit your resignation until you find a better job.
resignation = a document expressing that someone is quitting a job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 32
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revere
9 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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Book9 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19
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sanctimonious
2 uses
Everyone is tired of her sanctimonious attitude.
sanctimonious = acting morally superior to others
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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speculate
17 uses
philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
speculated = thought and guessed without certainty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to guess without certainty

or:

to think about or consider something

or (more rarely):

to risk money in a financial venture
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Book17 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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spurious
3 uses
Don't be fooled by such spurious arguments.
spurious = false; or not genuine — often seeming plausible, or intentionally deceptive
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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supercilious
5 uses
I have come to hate her supercilious smile.
supercilious = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally supercilious means:
arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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timorous
5 uses
She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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