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Atlas Shrugged
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ascetic
2 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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austere
25 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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Book25 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.2
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3.8
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denounce
21 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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Book21 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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depravity
41 uses
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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Book41 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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dogmatic
1 use
The dogmatic coach is fond of saying, "My way's the right way. Your way's the wrong way!"
dogmatic = prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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erudite
1 use
She is an erudite professor.
erudite = having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.7
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evade
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
evade the question
She evaded his question by asking one of her own.
evaded = avoided answering
DefinitionGenerally this sense of evade means:
to avoid or try to avoid either a responsibility or telling the whole truth
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Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.7
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futile
48 uses
It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Book48 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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immutable
1 use
It is one of the immutable laws of physics.
immutable = not subject or susceptible to change
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.9
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incredulous
55 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
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Book55 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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mystic
101 uses
She is a mystic who believes enlightenment will come from communing with nature.
mystic = someone who attempts to tune into realities beyond scientific understanding
DefinitionGenerally mystic means:
relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
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Book101 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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objective
3 uses
By any objective analysis, you would have to agree that...
objective = fact-based (not influenced by personal feelings or preferences)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2.3
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rational
95 uses
It's hard to think rationally when I'm this upset.
rationally = in a reasonable manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rational means:
reasonable — in various senses:
  • logical as contrasted to illogical
  • based on reason as contrasted to emotion
  • capable of using reason as contrasted to being insane or lacking the ability to reason
  • based on a logical analysis as contrasted to intuition, instinct, custom, tarot-card reading, or some other system of decision making
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Book95 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.5
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remnant
81 uses
They are working to eliminate remnants of al-Qaeda in that area.
remnants = a small amount that remains after the rest is gone
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Book81 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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renounce
39 uses
Israel asks that they renounce their stated intention of wiping it off the map.
renounce = to formally reject, give up, or turn away from

(as in to give up the power of a monarch, to change belief , behavior, support, or association)
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Book39 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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reproach
43 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book43 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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repudiate
2 uses
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
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 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.7
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2  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3.10
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