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complacent
5 uses
They don't know, they don't understand how agonizing their complacent dullness is.
complacent = contented (satisfied and happy) — often to a fault
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
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
He looked through her with a contemptuousness such as she could not have imagined.
contemptuousness = 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
In twenty minutes the party was again elevated to the decorum of a prayer-meeting.
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
She could not go on enduring the hidden derision.
derision = treatment as inferior and unworthy 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 was diligent at Red Cross work.
diligent = 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
But he had his mother's genius for trusting, her disdain for prying, her sure integrity.
disdain = a 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
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eccentric
6 uses
But he looked as though he were doing this eccentric thing to amuse himself.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
Word Statistics
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
She could not endure it.
endure = suffer through
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
Kennicott was incredulous.
incredulous = not believing
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
She wanted to hide in the generous indifference of cities.
indifference = lack of interest (in this case, people lacking interest in the strangers around them)
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)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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indignant
12 uses
She was indignant that Carol should not be utterly fulfilled in having borne Kennicott's child.
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
Carol inquired, "What experience did you have with college dramatics?"
inquired = asked
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
Dear, don't speak so bitter about 'pious' people.
pious = highly moral or 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
His clothes were too heavy and provincial.
provincial = unsophisticated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of provincial means:
unsophisticated (meant disapprovingly to refer to old-fashioned or narrow-minded attitudes and ideas)
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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reticent
4 uses
Kennicott was not so reticent.
reticent = reluctant
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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revere
9 uses
reverently asked Kennicott.
reverently = with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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
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scrupulous
3 uses
Think how much better you can criticize conventional customs if you yourself live up to them, scrupulously.
scrupulously = carefully ethical and/or diligent
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
"Guess we're about in for a blizzard," speculated Kennicott
speculated = to guess 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
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timorous
5 uses
When the sheep had been penned up, in the darkness the timorous wolves crept into the living-room, squealing, halting, thrown out of their habit of stolidity by the strangeness of advancing through nothingness toward a waiting foe, a mysterious foe which expanded and grew more menacing.
timorous = timid (fearful) or shy
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Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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zeal
2 uses
Carol did not recover her zeal till two days after, when she tried Mrs. George Edwin Mott, wife of the superintendent of schools.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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