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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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Extra Credit Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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abstruse
1 use
The professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them.
abstruse = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally abstruse means:
difficult to understand; or not known by the great majority of people
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1st useChapter 23
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adulation
1 use
Don't grow dependent upon popular adulation. It comes and goes and reverses unexpectedly.
adulation = much admiration and praise
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
approached the city
Winter is approaching.
approaching = getting nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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Library88 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
approach = a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17
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Big Brother
78 uses
Be careful. Big Brother is watching.
Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so

(editor's note:  This expression was popularized by this book.)
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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credulous
2 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useChapter 11
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debauchery
2 uses
I relaxed and enjoyed the evening without slipping into the surrounding debauchery.
debauchery = excessive drinking, casual sex, and/or drug abuse while partying
DefinitionGenerally debauchery means:
excessive drinking, casual sex, and/or drug abuse while partying — possibly for an evening, but often implying a wasteful, decadent life
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denounce
12 uses
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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didactic
1 use
Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
didactic = describing someone as inclined too inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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digress
2 uses
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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doctrine
10 uses
She challenges accepted doctrine.
doctrine = generally accepted beliefs
DefinitionGenerally doctrine means:
a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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1st useChapter 1
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fallacy
3 uses
The entire argument is built on a fallacy.
fallacy = a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
DefinitionGenerally fallacy means:
a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning; or a common form of incorrect reasoning
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frontier
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
the frontier of Tibet
Indian soldiers and technicians assisted in staffing some of the checkposts on the frontier with Tibet.
frontier = an international boundary or a wilderness at the edge of a settled area
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1st useChapter 17
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hedonist
1 use
I'm a hedonist when it comes to chocolate.
hedonist = someone most motivated by pleasures — often sensual pleasures
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invariably
10 uses
I tell myself to go to sleep early, but I invariably end up watching television late into the night.
invariably = consistently or without variation
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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minuteness   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
The secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting.
minutes of the meeting = formal notes of the meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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1st useChapter 23
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prosaic
1 use
It was a prosaic and unimaginative essay.
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
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1st useChapter 11
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repudiate
1 use
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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1st useChapter 3
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servile
1 use
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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