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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 comply
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.3
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augment
1 use
Our school district hired a new counselor to augment our college counseling service.
augment = enlarge or increase
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.11
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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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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.14
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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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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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capricious
2 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.6
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complacent
4 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.16
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deference
5 uses
They changed their strategy in deference to the President's wishes.
deference = respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.10
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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 = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.3
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dubious
4 uses
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.12
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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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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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furtive
2 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.18
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incessant
3 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.14
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latent
5 uses
She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.24
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lethargic
3 uses
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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servile
1 use
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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 or as a long uninterrupted part of a conversation
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.13
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