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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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congregation
1 use
It's a casual congregation where many people wander into services late.
congregation = people who worship together in the same building
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 21
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
She dresses to convey a sense of a successful, no-nonsense woman.
convey = communicate or express
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 30
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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dismal
12 uses
The coach will probably be replaced after such a dismal year.
dismal = terrible
DefinitionGenerally dismal means:
of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
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Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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furtive
7 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 17
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indifferent
8 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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Book8 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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melancholy
14 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book14 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
negative feedback from customers
The responses to my plan were negative.
negative = indicated criticism or disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
to express criticism or disagreement, or (especially when talking over a radio or in a military setting) to say "no"
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 20
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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
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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passage
1 use
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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perceptible
4 uses
The car makes a barely perceptible clicking sound at high speeds.
perceptible = capable of being noticed
DefinitionGenerally perceptible means:
capable of being noticed — typically because it is different enough or large enough
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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perplex
7 uses
She was perplexed by the rules of the game.
perplexed = confused
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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resolve
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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stolid
3 uses
She listened to both arguments thoughtfully, but with a face as stolid as a cow's.
stolid = emotionless
DefinitionGenerally stolid means:
having or revealing little emotion — sometimes indicating qualities of not changing or being dependable

or (much more rarely):

of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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trifle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
a trifling matter
We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.
trifling = small (of little importance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
trifle with her affections
She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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2  —7 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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