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A Tale of Two Cities

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acquiesce
2 uses
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly accept
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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1st useChapter 3.3
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alacrity
1 use
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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1st useChapter 3.14
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aphorism
1 use
She often quotes St. Augustine's aphorism, "Love the sinner and hate the sin."
aphorism = short saying intended to impart wisdom
DefinitionGenerally aphorism means:
a short saying intended to impart wisdom
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1st useChapter 2.2
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benevolent
2 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3.8
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capricious
2 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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1st useChapter 3.6
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deplore
2 uses
We deplore the government's treatment of political prisoners.
deplore = strongly disapprove of or regret
DefinitionGenerally deplore means:
strongly dislike or regret
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1st useChapter 1.6
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despondent
5 uses
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = emotionally depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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1st useChapter 2.5
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disparage
2 uses
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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1st useChapter 2.3
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eccentric
4 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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1st useChapter 2.5
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epicure
1 use
An epicure in Paris will eventually find her way to this restaurant.
epicure = a person devoted to a refined taste for food
DefinitionGenerally epicure means:
a person who loves fine food and drink
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1st useChapter 3.14
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incessant
3 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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1st useChapter 2.14
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lethargic
3 uses
I'm hoping a cold iced tea will help me get past this lethargic feeling.
lethargic = lacking energy
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1st useChapter 2.17
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obstinate
3 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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1st useChapter 3.1
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olfactory
1 use
Dogs bred for scent-based tasks have higher olfactory capacities than other dogs.
olfactory = relating to the sense of smell
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1st useChapter 2.16
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ostentatious
3 uses
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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redundant
1 use
What is clarifying for one reader can be a redundant distraction for another.
redundant = more than is needed
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.5
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repudiate
1 use
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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1st useChapter 3.3
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sagacious
4 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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1st useChapter 3.4
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servile
1 use
We expect our waiters to give world-class service, but not to be so servile they sacrifice their human dignity.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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1st useChapter 2.7
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soliloquy
1 use
Perhaps the best known soliloquy is written by Shakespeare in Hamlet:  "To be, or not to be: that is the question..."
soliloquy = a speech you make to yourself
DefinitionGenerally soliloquy means:
a speech you make to yourself or as a long uninterrupted part of a conversation
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1st useChapter 1.2
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