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assume   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 23 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
I assume it's true
My dear Peter, people go by so many erroneous assumptions.
assumptions = things accepted as true without proof
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to accept something as true without proof
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Book5 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4.7
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2  —5 uses as in:
She assumed power
Keating assumed leadership over the council.
assumed = took (power or responsibility)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
beginning to take power or responsibility
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.6
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unquizzed meaning  —13 uses
austere
9 uses
she looked more delicately austere than any among them.
austere = lacking decoration or practicing self-denial
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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Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.2
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belligerent
4 uses
"That's right," said Mitchell Layton belligerently, as if he expected everyone to disagree and was insulting them in advance.
belligerently = with an attitude of one eager to fight
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15
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benevolent
10 uses
He stood smiling benevolently in silence.
benevolently = kindly
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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candid
3 uses
She was looking straight at him; her eyes seemed just a bit too candid.
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.10
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complacent
2 uses
Dominique watched him complacently, as if he presented no further problem to her.
complacently = in a satisfied manner — without any concern
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.14
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contrite
1 use
It's natural for you to be a little contrite—a normal reflex—but we must look at it objectively, we're grownup, rational people, nothing is too serious, we can't really help what we do, we're conditioned that way, we just charge it off to experience and go on from there.
contrite = feel sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.10
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correspond   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding by email
He came to his office every two or three days; he read the copies of correspondence left in his letter basket according to custom; he sat at his desk and drew flowers on a clean pad; then he went home.
correspondence = written letters
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.14
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2  —2 uses as in:
foreign correspondent of the paper
Lancelot Clokey, the foreign correspondent, reached for his highball glass and finished it off.
correspondent = reporter
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondent means:
a reporter — typically from a foreign country or with a particular expertise
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.6
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depravity
9 uses
To what level of depravity has a society descended when it condemns a man simply because he is strong and great?
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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deride
9 uses
had to endure the derisive glances
derisive = showing contempt and ridicule (lack of respect and making fun of)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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disparage
1 use
Even a disparaging comment would be a personal link.
disparaging = critical
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4.10
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guile
2 uses
He said it simply, guilelessly, in a little petulant whine.
guilelessly = innocently — without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.15
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indifferent
60 uses
He refused to accept the thought that a woman could remain indifferent to him.
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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Book60 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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inflexible
2 uses
Her body, sagging limply from her shoulders, contradicted the inflexible precision of the legs; the cold austerity of her face contradicted the pose of her body.
inflexible = unbending (uncompromising)
DefinitionGenerally inflexible means:
not bendable or adaptable
in various senses, including:
  • not willing to compromise or make concessions — as when a boss says "Do it my way or you're fired."
  • not able to adjust well to different conditions — as of a schedule that cannot be changed
  • not easily bent without physical damage or injury — as of brittle steel or person with stiff joints
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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ostentatious
8 uses
I want a real wedding, Gail. I want it at the most ostentatious hotel in town.
ostentatious = intended to impress
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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reprehensible
1 use
The past, the career, the personality of Howard Roark seem to support the widespread impression that he is a reprehensible character, a dangerous, unprincipled, antisocial type of man...
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.16
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reticent
2 uses
she proceeded to state without reticence of expression that.
reticence = reluctance
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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scrupulous
6 uses
You must observe them scrupulously.
scrupulously = with careful diligence
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.10
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