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ascetic
1 use
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.8
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candid
9 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.3
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contempt
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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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 5.1
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delirium
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
fever induced delirium
She should not be left alone in case the fever returns and makes her delirious.
delirious = a usually brief state of mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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depravity
10 uses
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.1
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.4
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disdain
5 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5.2
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book3 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1.3
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
establishing = showing or demonstrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4.2
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fastidious
1 use
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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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haughty
17 uses
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Book17 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.1
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impetuous
1 use
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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.5
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loathe
20 uses
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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Book20 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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peasant
34 uses
Most people in the Middle Ages were peasants.
peasants = used historically: people of low income, education, and social standing
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
Word Statistics
Book34 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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perplex
17 uses
Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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reproach
15 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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resolute
16 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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wretch
13 uses
Pity the poor wretch.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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