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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Extra Credit Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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askance
1 use
He looked askance at the offer.
askance = with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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audible
1 use
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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condemn
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
was condemned to life in prison
The murderer was condemned to death by injection.
condemned = legally sentenced (to punishment)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court (and sometimes to death)

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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cunning
1 use
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = clever and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
directed her question to
The sprinkler head needs to be fixed so it directs water away from the house.
directs = aims
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book2 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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dismay
1 use
Don't be dismayed. I have a solution.
dismayed = sad, disappointed, or worried
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 12
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fidget
1 use
The child is always fidgeting in his seat
fidgeting = making small restless movements
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
to make small restless movements
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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fluster
1 use
He gets flustered when talking to groups and tends to lose his train of thought.
flustered = nervous or confused
DefinitionGenerally fluster means:
to be or cause to be nervous or upset
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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however
20 uses
1  —20 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book20 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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impertinent
1 use
It was impertinent of the child to lecture a grownup.
impertinent = rude or improperly bold — especially toward someone more respected
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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incessant
1 use
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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inquire
1 use
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
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Book1 use
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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inquisitive
1 use
She is an inquisitive child who always asks questions.
inquisitive = interested in learning about things — often asking many questions
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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insolent
1 use
I don't recommend the hotel. The employees are insolent and unhelpful.
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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languid
1 use
No urging could increase his languid pace.
languid = slow (lacking energy or relaxed)
DefinitionGenerally languid means:
lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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longitude
2 uses
They're allowed to catch the fish east of the 175th degree of longitude.†
longitude = a measure of east/west (relative to the Prime Meridian) on the earth — calculated by using imaginary vertical circles on the surface of the earth that pass through the north and south poles and at right angles to the equator
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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provoke
1 use
Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
provoked = caused — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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vulgar
1 use
Her vulgarity was a turnoff.
vulgarity = crudeness (showing of bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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