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Of Mice and Men

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apprehension
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehension about finals
She looked around the examination room with apprehension.
apprehension = concern about what will happen
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehension means:
worry about what is to come
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4, p.72.1
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avert
1 use
We are trying to avert a strike.
avert = prevent
DefinitionGenerally avert means:
prevent from happening

or:

turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.81.3
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belligerent
1 use
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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.102.5
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console
1 use
She consoled him after his mother died.
consoled = comforted
DefinitionGenerally this sense of console means:
to comfort (emotionally)
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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.87.5
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.78.6
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cower
1 use
She cowered in fear.
cowered = showed fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
DefinitionGenerally cower means:
show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.64.2
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decisive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a decisive decision maker
She is a decisive leader.
decisive = makes quick decisions and sticks by them
DefinitionGenerally this sense of decisive means:
making quick decisions and sticking by them
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.30.3
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deride
1 use
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.38.2
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derogatory
1 use
It is unacceptable to use derogatory terms to reference a race or ethnicity.
derogatory = disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally derogatory means:
expressing disrespect or criticism
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.27.9
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ego
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
bruised her ego
She has such an inflated ego, she probably thinks we planned the whole thing for her.
ego = sense of importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ego means:
one's sense of self-esteem (sense of importance or ability)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.81.1
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imperious
1 use
She dismissed the matter with an imperious wave of her hand.
imperious = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally imperious means:
expecting obedience; or arrogant; or domineering
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.9.2
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meager
1 use
We make the most of our meager resources.
meager = lacking in quantity or quality
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.67.7
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ominous
1 use
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.27.1
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pantomime
1 use
Though she didn't speak Chinese, she was able to pantomime her meaning.
pantomime = express through gestures and body movements (without words)
DefinitionGenerally pantomime means:
a performance or expression of something through gestures and body movements without words
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.8.8
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plaintive
1 use
She asked in a plaintive voice.
plaintive = sad
DefinitionGenerally plaintive means:
expressing sadness — sometimes with a plea for help
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.29.5
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rapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rapt with love
She danced rapt with the music.
rapt = deeply moved or filled with intense pleasure
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.58.6
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reprehensible
1 use
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad — deserving criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.59
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = (accepted) something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1, p.6.4
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retort
1 use
She wanted to retort that he that he sounded foolish, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
retort = quickly reply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.102.5
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revere
1 use
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3, p.60.2
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