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abstruse
1 use
The professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them.
abstruse = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally abstruse means:
difficult to understand; or not known by the great majority of people
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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acquaint
26 uses
You should acquaint yourself with the new computer program.
acquaint = cause to know better
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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Book26 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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amiable
18 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book18 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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benevolent
4 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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censure
14 uses
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book14 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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complacent
5 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 21
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conciliatory
2 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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conjecture
16 uses
She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 46
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 21
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entreat
19 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book19 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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expedient
5 uses
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49
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fastidious
2 uses
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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hackneyed
2 uses
She writes in a hackneyed manner with nothing original.
hackneyed = writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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insipid
6 uses
I don't care for the author. I think her novels are insipid.
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel advertising ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
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penury
1 use
The couple suffered from substance abuse, gambling, lack of family support, and other social ills that lead to penury.
penury = extreme poverty
DefinitionGenerally penury means:
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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prudent
17 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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 44
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zeal
3 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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