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censure
9 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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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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complacent
11 uses
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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consonant   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
It takes longer for babies to learn to voice back-of-the-mouth consonants (like k) than front-of-the-mouth consonants (like p).
consonants = speech sounds that are not a vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
in consonance with
Her thinking is not consonant with the deeply held beliefs of those who elected her.
consonant = in keeping with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
in keeping with (or consistent with, or in harmony with)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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desist
2 uses
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to not do something
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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dilatory
1 use
They are resorting to every dilatory tactic at their disposal to slow the investigation.
dilatory = slowing
DefinitionGenerally dilatory means:
slow; or causing or tending to delay things
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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enjoin
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
enjoined us to act
The organization enjoins its members to recycle waste.
enjoins = urges
DefinitionGenerally this sense of enjoin means:
to urge or command someone to do something
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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fallacious
1 use
She reached a false conclusion that was based on fallacious reasoning.
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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forage
12 uses
forage for firewood
forage = searched for and gathered
DefinitionGenerally forage means:
to search for and gather — often food and provisions
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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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nominal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he's nominally in charge
It was nominally written by the artist, but everyone suspects a ghostwriter did the bulk of the work.
nominally = in name only
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nominal means:
in form or name, but not in reality
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 15 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 9
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2  —9 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 14
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3  —4 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 15
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prominent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a prominent jaw
The skull resembles that of modern humans, but was smaller with a sloped forehead, larger teeth, and a prominent jaw.
prominent = protruding (sticking out)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
sticking out and easily noticed
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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refute
8 uses
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = argued against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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reprehensible
2 uses
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad — deserving criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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repudiate
2 uses
The parents repudiated their son.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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sagacious
2 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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vacillate
3 uses
She was determined and did not vacillate in the least.
vacillate = to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
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Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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zeal
11 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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