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apprehension
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehension about finals
She looked around the examination room with apprehension.
apprehension = worry about what is to come
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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apprehensive
1 use
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried over possible misfortune
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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bemused
1 use
She was obviously bemused by his questions.
bemused = perplexed or bewildered or confused
DefinitionGenerally bemused means:
perplexed or bewildered
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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brusque
2 uses
She is known for her brusque manner and brief meetings.
brusque = abrupt (not taking the time to be friendly)
DefinitionGenerally brusque means:
abrupt (sudden and quick — without taking the time to be friendly)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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complacent
2 uses
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 2
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contort
2 uses
Her face contorted in fury and frustration.
contorted = twisted or bent to an unnatural shape
DefinitionGenerally contort means:
twist or bend to an unnatural shape — something such as the human body, a facial expression, or the truth
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
She is a deliberate thinker—not the fastest, but always thorough.
deliberate = done with great care — often slowly
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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derogatory
1 use
It is unacceptable to use derogatory terms to reference a race or ethnicity.
derogatory = expressing disrespect or criticism
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1st useChapter 2
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direct
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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earnest
1 use
Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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elaborate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an elaborate wink
He gave her a slow elaborate wink.
elaborate = exaggerated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
to exaggerate an action
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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grave
1 use
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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indignant
1 use
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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morose
3 uses
She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
morose = unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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precede
1 use
Stone tools preceded bronze tools.
preceded = were before in time
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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scorn
3 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = treated with disrespect or disdain
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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skeptical
2 uses
I am skeptical about her plan.
skeptical = doubtful (in this case, of the quality of the plan)
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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sullen
3 uses
She changed from outgoing child to sullen teenager.
sullen = showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
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Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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tone
4 uses
Which of the following words best maintains the tone established in this passage.
tone = general feeling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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