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agitate
71 uses
Our goal is to agitate public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitate = stir up (create or increase emotional unrest)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
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Book71 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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anxiety
24 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Book24 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.5
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apparent
56 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book56 uses
Library55 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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calumny
8 uses
The committee is characterized by chaos and calumny.
calumny = false accusations
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
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censure
2 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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.10
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contrast
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.7
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denotes
2 uses
The asterisk ("*") denotes a footnote.
denotes = indicates
DefinitionGenerally denotes means:
means literally; or indicates
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4.10
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depravity
2 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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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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deride
1 use
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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detestable
6 uses
I think Umbridge is the most detestable character in the Harry Potter books.
detestable = deserving intense dislike
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.6
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ephemeral
1 use
Her fame was ephemeral.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.16
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grave
10 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book10 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.2
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indignant
38 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book38 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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innate
3 uses
She has an innate musical talent that cannot be taught.
innate = present at birth
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.9
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inquire
34 uses
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
inquire = ask about or look into
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
Word Statistics
Book34 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.12
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recollect
49 uses
I think I recollect that she was away at college that year.
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book49 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.6
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torment
38 uses
She enjoys tormenting others.
tormenting = causing great mental or physical suffering
DefinitionGenerally torment means:
to cause or to experience great mental or physical suffering
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Book38 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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venerate
1 use
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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