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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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addle
2 uses
It was the best she could do with her drug-addled mind.
addled = mixed up or confused
DefinitionGenerally addle means:
mix up or confuse
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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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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candid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book1 use
Library4 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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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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  revolving 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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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
Library3 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)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ornery means:
quick to get annoyed, complain, argue, and be uncooperative
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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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Library0 uses 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
Word Statistics
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)
Word Statistics
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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Book1 use
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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superintendent
2 uses
Our superintendent was surprisingly good in the faculty-student basketball game.
superintendent = the person who directs and manages the school district
DefinitionGenerally superintendent means:
a person who directs and manages an organization — such as a school district

or:

a caretaker of a building — such as an apartment building
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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swindle
1 use
She stole over a million dollars in her biggest swindle.
swindle = fraud (or deception) to steal money
DefinitionGenerally swindle means:
tricking or cheating someone — usually to get money
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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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
Library6 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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