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advocate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
to advocate
Doctor, have the medical societies in Minnesota ever advocated legislation for help to nursing mothers?
advocated = publicly supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support someone or something
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 24
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2  —3 uses as in:
an advocate
But the advocate of freedom in marriage was as much disappointed as a drooping bride at the alacrity with which he took that freedom and escaped to the world of men's affairs.
advocate = person who is a public supporter
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1
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amiable
20 uses
The inhabitants of the Humble Home were supposed to be amiable and intelligent.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book20 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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amorous
5 uses
She did not yet know the immense ability of the world to be casually cruel and proudly dull, but if she should ever learn those dismaying powers, her eyes would never become sullen or heavy or rheumily amorous.
amorous = sexual or romantic
DefinitionGenerally amorous means:
with sexual desire; or relating to sex or feelings of romantic love
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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assert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
asserted her opinion that...
She asserted that it proved him to be a man of the bold free West.
asserted = said (something is true)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to say that something is true — especially something disputed
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 9
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condescending
11 uses
She went to the first meeting rather condescendingly, regarding herself as the only one besides Guy who knew anything about books or library methods.
condescendingly = in a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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cordial
11 uses
They've been awfully cordial to me.
cordial = showing warm and heartfelt friendliness
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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credulous
4 uses
She was credulous, perhaps; a born hero-worshipper; yet she did question and examine unceasingly.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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cynical
17 uses
She was cynical about the joys of a simple laborious life.
cynical = someone who expects the worst — especially of people (such as expecting them to be selfish and lie)
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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flippant
6 uses
The clerk was flippant and urban.
flippant = showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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frivolous
11 uses
They think you're too frivolous.
frivolous = lacking in appropriate seriousness
DefinitionGenerally frivolous means:
not serious (in 1 or both of these ways):
  • in behavior or attitude — as when acting silly or without appropriate seriousness
  • in content — as when describing something as trivial or unimportant
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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heresy
11 uses
She laughed at herself when she saw that she had expected to be at once a heretic and a returned hero
heretic = someone with opinions or actions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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lugubrious
5 uses
In hallway and front parlor she was conscious of dinginess and lugubriousness and airlessness, but she insisted, "I'll make it all jolly."
lugubriousness = excessively mournful
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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minuteness
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
keep the minutes
She hinted that they ought to have (as at the committee-meetings of the Thanatopsis) a "regular order of business," and "the reading of the minutes," but as there were no minutes to read, and as no one knew exactly what was the regular order of the business of being literary, they had to give up efficiency.
minutes = formal notes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
Ella Stowbody, the professional, perceiving that it was because of a conspiracy of jealousy that she had been given a small part, alternated between lofty amusement and Christian patience.
perceiving = viewing things in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 18
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
As they reached the picnic ground she perceived that it was dark,
perceived = saw
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 30
Web Links
resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
Won't you stand by Fern, and threaten to resign from the board if they try to discharge her?
resign = quit (in this to quit in protest)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 32
Web Links
resolute
12 uses
Her hatred of the town turned resolute as she pushed open the door.
resolute = firm in belief
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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socialism
19 uses
You'll be mixing in socialism next!
socialism = an economic system based on government ownership or control of all important companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
suffrage
9 uses
After his remarks upon suffrage he abruptly questioned her about herself.
suffrage = the right to vote
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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