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audacious
1 use
It was an audacious act of piracy.
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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blasphemy
1 use
The government of the Muslim nation monitors major websites for blasphemy.
blasphemy = disrespect of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 5
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consonant
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
consonant or vowel?
It takes longer for babies to learn to voice back-of-the-mouth consonants (like k) than front-of-the-mouth consonants (like p).
consonants = speech sounds that are not a vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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decorum
1 use
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = proper manners and conduct
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 4
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didactic
2 uses
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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diffident
1 use
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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dogmatic
1 use
The dogmatic coach is fond of saying, "My way's the right way. Your way's the wrong way!"
dogmatic = prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAct 5
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extricate
1 use
She was caught in the wreckage and could not extricate herself without help.
extricate = free
DefinitionGenerally extricate means:
free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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impudent
2 uses
She is an impudent girl given to insulting strangers.
impudent = improperly bold or disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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indifferent
4 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book4 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAct 5
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inevitable
1 use
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAct 5
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languish
1 use
The prisoner languished in the dungeon for years.
languished = suffering in a bad situation for a long time
DefinitionGenerally languish means:
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 5
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pedantic
1 use
Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
pedantic = overly concerned with book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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perfunctory
1 use
She gave us menus and a perfunctory smile.
perfunctory = done without much interest or effort
DefinitionGenerally perfunctory means:
done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 4
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petulant
1 use
She stomped her foot like a petulant child.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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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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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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prudent
1 use
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 2
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