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acquiesce
2 uses
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly comply
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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candid
5 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 27
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capricious
4 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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complacent
1 use
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 18
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit or yield
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 23
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despondent
7 uses
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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diminutive
4 uses
She is a diminutive fighter pilot.
diminutive = very small
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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discern
2 uses
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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discriminate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discriminating taste
It costs more, but is worth it to people with discriminating taste.
discriminating = recognizing fine distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 17
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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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entreat
15 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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futile
2 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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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impetuous
5 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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incessant
3 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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languish
2 uses
The prisoner languished in the dungeon for years.
languished = suffering in a bad situation for a long time
DefinitionGenerally languish means:
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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Monsieur
39 uses
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "sir" in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book39 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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reproach
7 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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resignation
1 use
1  —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
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Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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sensuous
5 uses
I made the bed with sensuous silk sheets.
sensuous = relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the mind
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Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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