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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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affront
1 use
She considered anything but the very best manners to be an affront to her dignity.
affront = intentional insult
DefinitionGenerally this sense of affront means:
an intentional insult; or to intentionally insult
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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aggravate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she aggravates me
She is the most aggravating person I know.
aggravating = annoying or irritating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of aggravate means:
annoy or irritate
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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candid
1 use
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 29
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contrived
2 uses
The novel has a contrived ending.
contrived = unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)
DefinitionGenerally contrived means:
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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desperado
1 use
Desperados would not be troubled by such niceties.
desperados = bold outlaws
DefinitionGenerally desperado means:
a bold outlaw — especially from the American old west
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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dialect
4 uses
It's not uncommon to hear "y'all" when talking in the American south where the rural areas still have a distinct dialect.
dialect = a regional variety of a language
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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dismal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a dismal expression
It was a dark and dismal night.
dismal = depressing or gloomy
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 21
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evade
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
evade the enemy
The robber evaded the police and blended into the crowd.
evaded = got away from
DefinitionGenerally this sense of evade means:
physically avoid or get away from; or: said of something that is hard to obtain
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39
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fraudulent
4 uses
She stole money by filing a fraudulent insurance claim.
fraudulent = intended to deceive
DefinitionGenerally fraudulent means:
intentional deception — usually for financial gain or ego
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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meddle
6 uses
Don't meddle in my affairs!
meddle = to intrude in other people's affairs or business
DefinitionGenerally meddle means:
intrude in other people's affairs or business
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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nabob
1 use
They referred to him as a Nevada nabob when he opened his casino.
nabob = a rich or powerful person
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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ornery
13 uses
I avoid contact when he's in an ornery mood.
ornery = cranky (easily annoyed and quick to complain and argue)
Word Statistics
Book13 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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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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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Richard III
5 uses
Shakespeare's play, Richard III, is an unflattering depiction of his reign.
Richard III = King of England from 1483 to 1485; seized the throne from his nephew Edward V who was confined to the Tower of London and murdered; his reign ended when he was defeated by Henry Tudor (later Henry VII) at the battle of Bosworth Field (1452-1485)
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Book5 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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scoundrel
3 uses
He's a scoundrel. Don't trust him.
scoundrel = someone without moral principles
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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tedious
2 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring or monotonous
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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temperance
3 uses
The temperance movement led to Prohibition which completely outlawed the drinking of alcohol.
temperance = the belief that alcohol should not be drunk at all because it is harmful
DefinitionGenerally temperance means:
not drinking alcohol because it is thought to be harmful

or:

moderation (not doing something excessively) — such as not eating or drinking too much
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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