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abstract
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1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
We all agree that we want what's "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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decorum
1 use
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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deride
1 use
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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exemplar
1 use
She is an excellent exemplar of the modern woman.
exemplar = example — especially one that represents the ideal
DefinitionGenerally exemplar means:
an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 14
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grave
8 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon 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 or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book8 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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haughty
1 use
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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incessant
1 use
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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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morose
1 use
She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
morose = unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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1st useChapter 6
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notorious
1 use
He was a notorious drug dealer.
notorious = well known for something bad
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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novel
1 use
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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
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obstinate
1 use
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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orthodox
1 use
The new findings challenge orthodox views.
orthodox = standard (adhering to what is commonly accepted)
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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penitent
1 use
When her anger passed, she was penitent.
penitent = sorry for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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remonstrate
1 use
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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1st useChapter 5
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scrupulous
1 use
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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scrutiny
1 use
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
scrutinized = looked very carefully at
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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servile
1 use
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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1st useChapter 6
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timorous
1 use
She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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1st useChapter 11
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trepidation
1 use
She began her first day at the new school with some trepidation.
trepidation = fear or anxiety about what will happen
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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zeal
1 use
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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