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accord
12 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
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 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
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Book12 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useDed.
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amorphous
2 uses
From month-to-month, the committee's instructions have been amorphous, contradictory, and transitory.
amorphous = without clearly defined boundaries
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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calumny
1 use
The committee is characterized by chaos and calumny.
calumny = false accusations
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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consequence
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book7 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 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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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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convention
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
conventional behavior
It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book9 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useDed.
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copious
1 use
She took copious notes.
copious = a lot of
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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didactic
1 use
Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
didactic = describing someone as inclined too inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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earnest
14 uses
Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book14 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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effrontery
1 use
She had the effrontery to laugh at the mayor's request.
effrontery = impolite boldness
DefinitionGenerally effrontery means:
rude and disrespectful behavior — often made by someone who does not realize they are being rude — as when someone is presumptuous or impolitely bold
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hypochondria
2 uses
Hypochondriacs don't just harm themselves; they clog the whole health-care system.
hypochondriacs = people who worry excessively about imaginary illnesses
DefinitionGenerally hypochondria means:
excessive worry about imaginary illnesses
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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indignant
17 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book17 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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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 3
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prejudice
10 uses
The group works to eliminate racial prejudice.
prejudice = unreasonable and unfair belief or feeling
DefinitionGenerally prejudice means:
to have unreasonable belief — especially when unfair to members of a race, religion, or other group

or more generally:

to have (or create in others) an unreasonable belief that prevents objective (unbiased) consideration of an issue or situation
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Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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pugnacious
1 use
The pugnacious Congressman was in no mood to compromise.
pugnacious = combative in tone (as though ready to fight)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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revere
1 use
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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satiate
2 uses
The candy satiated my craving for sugar.
satiated = satisfied
DefinitionGenerally satiate means:
to satisfy a hunger; or fill to satisfaction (typically said of hunger for food, but can be said of anything desired—such as of knowledge or sensual pleasure)
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spurious
1 use
Don't be fooled by such spurious arguments.
spurious = false; or not genuine — often seeming plausible, or intentionally deceptive
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stringent
1 use
We insist that our employees follow stringent safety measures.
stringent = strict
DefinitionGenerally stringent means:
demanding strict attention to detailed rules and procedures
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variant
1 use
Andrew Carnegie helped eliminate many variant spellings through the Simplified Spelling Board.
variant = a little different (of the same type)
DefinitionGenerally variant means:
something a little different from others of the same type
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