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abject
8 uses
A look from Mustapha Mond reduced him to an abject silence.
abject = extreme and miserable
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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avert
11 uses
...and averted his eyes.
averted = turned away
DefinitionGenerally avert means:
prevent from happening

or:

turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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caustic
1 use
On Rack 10 rows of next generation's chemical workers were being trained in the toleration of lead, caustic soda, tar, chlorine.
caustic = of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid
DefinitionGenerally caustic means:
of a chemical substance:  corrosive; capable of destroying or eating away such as a strong acid

or:

of a person:  sarcastic, critical, or harsh
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
...intensified the contempt and hostility...
contempt = disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
At forty-four, Linda seemed, by contrast, a monster of flaccid and distorted senility.
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 12
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correspond
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
His intellectual eminence carries with it corresponding moral responsibilities.†
corresponding = proportional
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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delta
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
delta wing aircraft
their caste was Delta
delta = named for the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delta means:
the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet; or an object shaped like its capital form (like an equilateral triangle)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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embryo
35 uses
Nothing like oxygen-shortage for keeping an embryo below par.
embryo = an animal organism in the early stages of growth; in humans the first eight weeks of pregnancy (prior to the fetal stage)
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Book35 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
And at once this possibility became an established certainty: John had refused to come because he didn't like her.†
established = proven
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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flaccid
1 use
At forty-four, Linda seemed, by contrast, a monster of flaccid and distorted senility.
flaccid = lacking in firmness or strength
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
I always illustrate my lecture with a lot of technical examples.†
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 12
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
an expression so profoundly miserable
profoundly = intensely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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relevant
1 use
"Containing all the relevant information," added the Director.
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1
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solidarity
13 uses
...and final consummation of solidarity,
solidarity = a state of agreement and support — especially for political action
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Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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superfluous
2 uses
religious sentiment is superfluous.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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surrogate
27 uses
vitaminized beef-surrogate
surrogate = something that takes the place of something else (in this case, takes the place of real beef)
DefinitionGenerally surrogate means:
someone (or something) taking the place of another
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Book27 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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synthetic
24 uses
...the centrifugal pump that kept the liquid moving over the placenta and drove it through the synthetic lung and waste product filter.
synthetic = something made by people that simulates something created by nature
DefinitionGenerally synthetic means:
artificial (man-made rather than natural)

or more rarely:

apparent, but not genuine
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Book24 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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vivacious
2 uses
He spoke very quickly, had a vivacious blue eye, and took an evident pleasure in quoting figures.
vivacious = lively and engagingly
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
an engaging liveliness
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
And in exceptional cases we can make one ovary yield us over fifteen thousand adult individuals.†
yield = produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
It yielded, willowily.†
yielded = gave way (moved)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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