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complacent
5 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 10
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses 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
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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decorum
6 uses
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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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
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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disdain
1 use
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
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Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
eccentric
6 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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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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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)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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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
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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 such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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Book7 uses
Library18 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
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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pious
8 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
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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provincial
1 use
In that well-traveled company I felt uncomfortably provincial.
provincial = unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly—often to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of provincial means:
unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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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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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 19
Web Links
scrupulous
3 uses
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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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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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
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
supercilious
5 uses
Her mother eyed my clothes with a supercilious air.
supercilious = showing arrogant disdain of those one views as unworthy
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Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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