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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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aggravate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
she aggravates me
She is the most aggravating person I know.
aggravating = annoying
DefinitionGenerally this sense of aggravate means:
annoy or irritate
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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blithe
1 use
She spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.
blithe = carefree and happy
DefinitionGenerally blithe means:
carefree and happy — often unaware of or ignoring something that should be of concern
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39
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capital
1 use
She worked hard to raise capital to start their new company.
capital = cash (or more generally, material wealth — especially assets available for use in the production of further assets)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of capital means:
material wealth — especially assets available for use in the production of further assets
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 27
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contrite
1 use
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = sorry
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to convene
She is at the convention in Las Vegas.
convention = large conference or meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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dismal
3 uses
The coach will probably be replaced after such a dismal year.
dismal = terrible
DefinitionGenerally dismal means:
of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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domestic
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
domestic happiness
We share the domestic chores.
domestic = household (relating to home or family)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of domestic means:
relating to a home or family
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 21
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grindstone
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
sharpen on a grindstone
Do you have a grindstone to sharpen the knife?
grindstone = a  disk shaped stone used to sharpen or polish
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grindstone means:
a  disk shaped stone used to grind (as when wheat is ground to flour), or used to sharpen or polish (as when sharpening a knife)
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Book13 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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impudent
3 uses
She is an impudent girl given to insulting strangers.
impudent = improperly bold or disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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meddle
6 uses
She's always meddling in other people's business.
meddling = interfering (getting involved where not wanted)
DefinitionGenerally meddle means:
interfere (in another's affairs or business); or handle (something that shouldn't be handled)
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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ornery
14 uses
I avoid contact when he's in an ornery mood.
ornery = cranky (easily annoyed and quick to complain and argue)
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Book14 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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palaver
1 use
She hates positive thinking palaver.
palaver = empty talk
DefinitionGenerally palaver means:
talk — typically empty talk or flattery
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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pious
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 24
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premise
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
located on the premises
She was injured on the premises of the defendant.
premises = property
DefinitionGenerally this sense of premises means:
land and/or buildings — especially of a business or organization
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39
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remiss
1 use
I'd be remiss in this overview if I didn't also mention...
remiss = careless — not doing a good job
DefinitionGenerally remiss means:
careless — especially with regard to a duty
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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resolution
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
She ran each mile of the marathon with increasing resolution.
resolution = determination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
determination (firmness of purpose)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 21
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shoal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
run aground on a shoal
The rocks,  shoals, and currents make it a treacherous journey.
shoals = sandbanks or other stretches of shallow water
DefinitionGenerally this sense of shoal means:
an area of shallow water — especially a navigation hazard, and often caused by a deposit of sand (sandbank)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
sultry = hot and humid
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 42
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tedious
2 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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wallow
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
wallow in self-pity
Don't wallow in your sorrows.
wallow = indulge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to excessively give into a desire (indulge)

(This is often said of something negative such as self-pity when no attempt is made to move beyond it. But it is also sometimes said without connotation just to indicate that someone is enjoying a lot of something such as luxury or rest.)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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