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Ulysses by James Joyce

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acrimony
1 use
The meeting ended in acrimony.
acrimony = anger
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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apprehend   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
apprehend the situation
She doesn't yet apprehend the seriousness of the charge against her.
apprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 14
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2  —1 use as in:
apprehend the criminal
Police are determined to apprehend the murderer.
apprehend = catch and arrest
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to capture and arrest someone suspected of breaking the law
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1st useChapter 12
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
They approached her about becoming a member of the committee.
approached = began speaking with someone about something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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arbitration
1 use
They submitted their disagreement to binding arbitration.
arbitration = the hearing and settling of a dispute by an impartial referee
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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augment
5 uses
Our school hired a new counselor to augment our college counseling service.
augment = enlarge or increase
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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didactic
1 use
Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
didactic = describing someone as inclined too inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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1st useChapter 17
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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1st useChapter 13
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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1st useChapter 15
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disparate
1 use
We discussed disparate ideas.
disparate = very different
DefinitionGenerally disparate means:
very different — often referring to a collection of very different elements such as a group of very different people
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1st useChapter 17
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enigma
5 uses
As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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however
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
However much she tried...
However hard he tried, he couldn't do it.
however = to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
inhibited the growth of...
The drug inhibits the spread of cancer.
inhibits = slows or prevents
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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1st useChapter 17
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metropolis
6 uses
I want to live and work in the middle of a vibrant metropolis.
metropolis = large, important city
DefinitionGenerally metropolis means:
city — especially a large city that is considered important
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 7
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3  —1 use as in:
was obscure, but now bright
The once shiny silver was now tarnished and obscure.
obscure = dark, dingy, or inconspicuous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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pious
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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proclivity
2 uses
She has a proclivity for exaggeration.
proclivity = tendency
DefinitionGenerally proclivity means:
a tendency, inclination, preference, or strength
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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reprehensible
2 uses
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad — deserving criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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