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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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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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aesthetic
3 uses
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = related to beauty or good taste
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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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)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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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bronze   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The sculpture of a bull on Wall Street is made of bronze.
bronze = a brownish metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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2  —12 uses as in:
a bronze tan
He was attracted by her shining bronze hair.
bronze = reddish-brown or yellowish-brown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown color like that of one of the metals with the same name — often used to refer to a suntan or a dark glowing complexion
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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candid
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 16
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convoluted
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convoluted folds of the brain
I don't know how to untie such a convoluted knot.
convoluted = having complex coils, folds,  and twists
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convoluted means:
having complex coils, folds, twists, or irregularities
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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enigma
2 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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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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impetuous
4 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he's nominally in charge
It was nominally written by the artist, but everyone suspects a ghostwriter did the bulk of the work.
nominally = in name only
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
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Book1 use
Library1 use 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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use 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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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repudiate
2 uses
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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