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The Aeneid
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allay
3 uses
They have tried to allay fears by saying their weapons are of a defensive nature.
allay = reduced the intensity of
DefinitionGenerally allay means:
reduce the intensity of or calm
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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denizen
1 use
The book has photographs of deep sea creatures, and is called "Denizens of the Deep."
denizens = animals that inhabit a particular place
DefinitionGenerally denizen means:
a person or animal that inhabits or frequently visits a particular place
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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descend
75 uses
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move or slope downward

or:

come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor

or:

come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
Word Statistics
Book75 uses
Library32 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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desist
4 uses
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 8
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despair
35 uses
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 2
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diligent
3 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
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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dissemble
9 uses
The news is bad, but the company spokesperson is doing what she can to change the subject and dissemble.
dissemble = deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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dissent
2 uses
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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diversify
1 use
She has been typecast as the female who beats up males, but she's eager to diversify her roles.
diversify = make more varied
DefinitionGenerally diversify means:
to make more varied
Diversify is used to describe variation in some things so frequently that they can be implied by the general context without a need to state them explicitly — such as:
  • with regard to people — varying races, ethnicities, and genders
  • with regard to investments — varying types of investments
  • with regard to a company — varying sources of business
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 4
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enjoin
3 uses
Environmentalist seek to enjoin the drilling on the grounds that it is unnecessary and dangerous.
enjoin = prohibit (command not to do something)
DefinitionGenerally enjoin means:
to command someone to do (or not do) something
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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expedient
1 use
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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fallacious
2 uses
She reached a false conclusion that was based on fallacious reasoning.
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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filial
5 uses
She tried to restrain her mother, so far as filial respect would allow.
filial = child-to-parent
DefinitionGenerally filial means:
relating to the relationship of children to their parents
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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guile
4 uses
Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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imbibe
1 use
I try to eat before I imbibe and then drink plenty of water.
imbibe = drink alcohol
DefinitionGenerally imbibe means:
to take in — especially to drink alcohol or be influenced by ideas
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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presage
14 uses
We see none of the pessimism that typically presages a recession.
presages = serves as a sign of coming
DefinitionGenerally presage means:
serve as a sign of something about to happen — typically something bad
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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prudent
4 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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revere
3 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
Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 7
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satiate
1 use
The candy satiated my craving for sugar.
satiated = satisfied
DefinitionGenerally satiate means:
to satisfy a hunger; or fill to satisfaction (typically said of hunger for food, but can be said of anything desired—such as of knowledge or sensual pleasure)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 10
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wretched
26 uses
The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad
in various senses, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet.
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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