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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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alacrity
2 uses
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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avarice
1 use
We can try both to minimize greed and avarice and to channel them into directions beneficial to society.
avarice = excessive desire for wealth
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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daunt
1 use
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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deride
2 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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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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diligent
3 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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disdain
1 use
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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dissent
1 use
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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forbearance
1 use
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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lethargic
1 use
I'm hoping a cold iced tea will help me get past this lethargic feeling.
lethargic = lacking energy
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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lucid
1 use
Although she was on heavy pain medication, she was still lucid.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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notorious
2 uses
He was a notorious drug dealer.
notorious = well known for something bad
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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ostentatious
3 uses
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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persistent
2 uses
She has a persistent cough.
persistent = continuing
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 17
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pervasive
3 uses
We were losing 35 to 0 at halftime and there was a pervasive sense of gloom in the locker room.
pervasive = existing throughout something
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 21
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sagacious
1 use
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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tedious
6 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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tranquil
5 uses
I love a lake with tranquil blue water.
tranquil = calm
DefinitionGenerally tranquil means:
calm and undisturbed
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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