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beseech
10 uses
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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calumny
2 uses
The committee is characterized by chaos and calumny.
calumny = false accusations
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.4
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condemn   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
She condemned their plan
We condemn racism wherever it is found.
condemn = strongly criticize
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
express strong criticism
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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2  —1 use as in:
was condemned to life in prison
The murderer was condemned to death by injection.
condemned = legally sentenced to punishment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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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 useScene 2.4
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.1
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entreat
5 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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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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forbearance
2 uses
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.1
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ignominious
1 use
They retreated in ignominious defeat.
ignominious = bringing disgrace or shame
DefinitionGenerally ignominious means:
deserving or bringing disgrace or shame — typically in reference to behavior or character
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.4
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 3.2
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manifest
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
manifest destiny
Domestic violence doesn't always manifest as physical abuse.
manifest = show (made obvious)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.2
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notorious
3 uses
He was a notorious drug dealer.
notorious = well known for something bad
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
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penitent
5 uses
When her anger passed, she was penitent.
penitent = sorry for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.2
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pernicious
3 uses
By the 21st century, it had evolved into a pernicious lack of employment.
pernicious = harmful
DefinitionGenerally pernicious means:
harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.4
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redemption
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
its main redeeming quality is...
Our dog is dirty, noisy, and ill-behaved, but her redeeming quality is that she is so loving.
redeeming = thing that makes up for bad things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to make up for something bad; or to save
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.4
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repentance
6 uses
Prisoners who show repentance are more likely to be released on parole.
repentance = regret for having done wrong with a desire to be a better person in the future
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
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resolve
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
Three of the five issues have already been resolved.
resolved = solved or settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 3.1
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a rigorous math class
The class was equally interesting and rigorous.
rigorous = difficult and demanding
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 1.5
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slander
8 uses
In the United States, it is extremely difficult for someone famous to win a slander lawsuit—almost no matter what is said.
slander = words falsely spoken that damage the reputation of another
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.1
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superficial
1 use
She has only superficial knowledge on the subject.
superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 3.2
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