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belligerent
3 uses
She spoke to her teacher in a belligerent tone and was sent to the office.
belligerent = hostile or combative
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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complacent
1 use
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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contrite
1 use
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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decorum
1 use
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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denounce
1 use
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 25
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doleful
1 use
It was another year of a doleful Detroit economy.
doleful = very sad; or causing sadness or misfortune
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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1st useChapter 13
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exhort
4 uses
I have exhorted and encouraged her, but it has to be her decision.
exhorted = urged strongly
DefinitionGenerally exhort means:
to urge strongly
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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implement
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a small implement
They found a skeleton along with a number of implements belonging to the Stone Age.
implements = small tools or other useful objects
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implement means:
a small tool or other useful object
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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obscure
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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ostracize
2 uses
She is ostracized for her unpopular opinions.
ostracized = excluded from a community or group
DefinitionGenerally ostracize means:
exclude someone from a community or group
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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passage
1 use
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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perplex
5 uses
Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
perspective in art
When train tracks are drawn with perspective, they appear to come together in the distance.
perspective = representing images so they are smaller when they are further away
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
giving a 2-dimensional picture a 3-dimensional appearance by making parts that are farther away look smaller than things that are close;  or a picture drawn in such a manner
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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prodigal
1 use
The rainforest is filled with a prodigal variety of vegetation.
prodigal = abundant (many, many kinds)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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1st useChapter 4
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querulous
1 use
He said it in a slightly querulous tone.
querulous = habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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1st useChapter 16
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repress
3 uses
She could barely repress a smile as she scolded her son for fidgeting.
repress = to hold something back
DefinitionGenerally repress means:
to hold something back

or:

to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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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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1st useChapter 20
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venerate
1 use
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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1st useChapter 8
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vivacious
1 use
She's a charming and vivacious hostess.
vivacious = has an engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
an engaging liveliness
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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zenith
2 uses
He met her when her career was at its zenith.
zenith = highest point
DefinitionGenerally zenith means:
the highest point - physically or as a metaphor
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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