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Of Mice and Men

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anguish
1 use
I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
anguish = extreme pain
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.11.9
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apprehensive
1 use
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2, p.32.1
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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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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.8.7
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complacent
2 uses
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2, p.34.7
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confide
1 use
She confided in me. I won't repeat what was said.
confided = placed trust (in someone) by talking about private things
DefinitionGenerally confide means:
to place trust (in someone) by talking about private things or telling secrets
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5, p.89.1
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contort
2 uses
Her face contorted in fury and frustration.
contorted = twisted into 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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.30.6
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deliberate
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a deliberate thinker
She is a deliberate thinker—not the fastest, but always thorough.
deliberate = careful and slow
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
done with great care — often slowly
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Book5 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.22.6
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
Don't give in to despair.
despair = a feeling of hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1, p.5.5
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earnest
1 use
I began training in earnest the summer before high school.
in earnest = in a serious manner
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5, p.90.2
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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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.8.8
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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 can depend upon 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 or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2, p.33.8
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indicate
2 uses
These maps are drawn with north to the top unless otherwise indicated.
indicated = pointed out (shown)
DefinitionGenerally indicate means:
to show (point out, demonstrate, express, or suggest)
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Book2 uses
Library43 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2, p.18.4
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4, p.78.8
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morose
3 uses
She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
morose = unhappy
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.4.2
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2, p.36.6
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scorn
3 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = rejected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6, p.102.1
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skeptical
2 uses
I am skeptical about her plan.
skeptical = doubtful
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true or worthwhile)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2, p.19.4
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subside
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her anger subsided
I couldn't think clearly until the pain subsided.
subsided = became less severe
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subside means:
become less intense, less severe, or less active — perhaps going away entirely
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.58.9
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sullen
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a sullen mood
She changed from a happy, outgoing child to sullen teenager.
sullen = unhappy and withdrawn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
being unhappy and withdrawn
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.78.3
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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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2, p.30.3
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