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Far from the Madding Crowd

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aesthetic
1 use
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = related to beauty or good taste
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 25-27
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amble
2 uses
An old woman was ambling across the street.
ambling = walking slowly or leisurely
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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apathy
1 use
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49-51
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bronze
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a bronze tan
He was attracted by her shining bronze hair.
bronze = reddish-brown or yellowish-brown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown color like that of one of the metals with the same name — often used to refer to a suntan or a dark glowing complexion
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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capricious
1 use
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28-30
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credulous
3 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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deride
3 uses
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-33
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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 — typically verbally
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25-27
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disparage
1 use
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7-9
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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
1st useChapter 22-24
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guile
2 uses
Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-33
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however   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 60 uses
1  —56 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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Book56 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1-3
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2  —2 uses as in:
However much she tried...
However hard he tried, he couldn't do it.
however = no matter how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
immutable
1 use
It is an immutable law of physics.
immutable = unchangeable
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22-24
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minute
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
minute size
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = tiny
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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recumbent
3 uses
She likes a recumbent bicycle.
recumbent = lying down (a bicycle ridden in a reclined position)
DefinitionGenerally recumbent means:
lying down; or horizontal
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Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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reticent
2 uses
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant to speak
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-21
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speculative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a speculative venture
It's a highly speculative investment.
speculative = risky
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculative means:
done with uncertainty—often a risky investment for profit
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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strata
2 uses
The Grand Canyon has many exposed rock strata ranging from 200 million to 2 billion years old.
strata = layers
DefinitionGenerally strata means:
layers

or:

levels, classes, or groups into which people or other things are divided
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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succession
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a succession of events
She survived a succession of catastrophes.
succession = series (one after the other)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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