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assiduous
9 uses
She is an assiduous student who expects to earn A's.
assiduous = diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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candid
6 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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complacent
8 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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contempt
22 uses
1  —22 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
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Book22 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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debauchery
1 use
I relaxed and enjoyed the evening without slipping into the surrounding debauchery.
debauchery = excessive drinking, casual sex, and/or drug abuse while partying
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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decorum
8 uses
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = postpone or delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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digress
1 use
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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Book1 use
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disdain
3 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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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 2
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dubious
4 uses
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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incessant
10 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 4
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses 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; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together
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
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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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 or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 5
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novel
2 uses
We're looking for novel advertising ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 6
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obscure
6 uses
1  —6 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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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 3
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obstinate
13 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 3
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philanthropy
5 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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resolute
39 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Book39 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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scrutiny
13 uses
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
scrutinized = looked very carefully at
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Book13 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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stagnate
2 uses
We don't want the economy to stagnate.
stagnate = stay still or not develop
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 7
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