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agitate
71 uses
In spite of his apparent outward composure, he was evidently in a state of great mental agitation.
agitation = a non-calm feeling
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
The reason for their anxiety soon became apparent.
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
His calmness, however, was more apparent than real.
apparent = professed (made to appear real even though it wasn't)
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book56 uses
Library54 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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censure
2 uses
The rest remained outside, and presently the whole crowd was censuring those who had accepted the invitation.
censuring = criticizing
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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conciliatory
3 uses
Napoleon very soon lost hope of conciliating the Russians,
conciliating = attempting to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.4
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contrast
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
there is a contrast
I remarked to him, as I rose to depart, that, in spite of the contrast and the wide differences between us two, les extremites se touchent ('extremes meet,' as I explained to him in Russian); so that maybe he was not so far from my final conviction as appeared.†
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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debauchery
1 use
...but you will admit that debauchery, drunkenness, and the captain's widow, all these together may lead him very far.
debauchery = behavior involving excessive drinking and/or casual sex
DefinitionGenerally debauchery means:
excessive drinking, casual sex, and/or drug abuse while partying — possibly for an evening, but often implying a wasteful, decadent life
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.9
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depravity
2 uses
A most depraved old gentleman,
depraved = immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
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
When the mother died, the village parson was not ashamed to hold Marie up to public derision and shame.
derision = disrespect — typically while laughing at or making fun of
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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ephemeral
1 use
Of course, all that happened tonight 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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epithet
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
racial epithet
I do not agree, in fact I am angry, when I hear you called an idiot; you are far too intelligent to deserve such an epithet; but you are so far STRANGE as to be unlike others; that you must allow, yourself.
epithet = an insulting or abusive word or phrase
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.9
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grave
10 uses
With a grave and ceremonious air, Marfa Borisovna motioned the prince to a chair at one of the card-tables.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to 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 (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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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
The general flushed with indignation as he spoke.
indignation = anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
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
intellectual convictions which you, in your unexampled honesty of soul, accept unquestionably as also innate and natural and true.
innate = existing as an inseparable part of something greater
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
He sent another messenger during the night to inquire after her, and two more next morning.
inquire = ask about or look into something
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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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
After each visit to Schneider's establishment, Evgenie Pavlovitch writes another letter, besides that to Colia, giving the most minute particulars concerning the invalid's condition.†
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
A painful recollection flashed into his mind.
recollection = memory
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
Up to this moment jealousy had not been one of his torments; now it suddenly gnawed at his heart.
torments = something causing great mental 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
With the greatest respect... and... and veneration.
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
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
Zeal triumphs over all.
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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