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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 90 uses
1  —80 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
Word Statistics
Book80 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
2  —10 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
animate
95 uses
1  —95 uses as in:
animated by her strong belief
The right to pursue happiness is an animating principle of American government.
animating = inspiring people to action
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
Word Statistics
Book95 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
approached the city
Winter is approaching.
approaching = getting nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
They approached her about becoming a member of the committee.
approached = began communication with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
armistice
4 uses
The Korean War armistice has yet to be followed with a peace treaty.
armistice = agreement to temporarily stop fighting
DefinitionGenerally armistice means:
an agreement to temporarily stop fighting a war — typically to discuss terms of peace
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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contempt
17 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Despair descended upon us.
descended = came suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
disdain
13 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
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
dispose
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
impetuous
11 uses
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
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
indolent
7 uses
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
2  —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
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
novel
2 uses
We're looking for novel marketing ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
pedantic
3 uses
Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
pedantic = overly concerned with book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
reproach
88 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
Word Statistics
Book88 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
resolute
53 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book53 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
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