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The Count of Monte Cristo

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acrimony
1 use
The meeting ended in acrimony.
acrimony = anger
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35-36
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advocate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to advocate
She advocates stricter gun control.
advocates = publicly supports
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support (someone or something)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5-6
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2  —1 use as in:
an advocate supporting
She is a passionate advocate for children's welfare.
advocate = a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5-6
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augment
10 uses
Our school hired a new counselor to augment our college counseling service.
augment = enlarge or increase
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25-26
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candid
16 uses
1  —16 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 25-26
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capricious
24 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33-34
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 111-112
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efface
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
efface the memory
It is a shameful act I have never been able to efface or forget.
efface = remove completely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of efface means:
remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35-36
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enjoin
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
enjoined us to act
The organization enjoins its members to recycle waste.
enjoins = urges
DefinitionGenerally this sense of enjoin means:
to urge or command someone to do something
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 77-78
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fallacious
2 uses
She reached a false conclusion that was based on fallacious reasoning.
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23-24
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focus   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
I find that studying in the library helps me to focus.
focus = concentrate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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Book1 use
Library75 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17-18
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2  —1 use as in:
The focus of our study is...
Since we're running out of time, let's narrow our focus to just what needs to be done tomorrow.
focus = area where attention is concentrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
where attention is concentrated or directed
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 103-104
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hypothesis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
The study will test the hypothesis that a good marriage is more important than a higher income when measuring happiness.
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 109-110
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inflexible
15 uses
They accused her of being stubborn and inflexible.
inflexible = unbending (not willing to compromise or make concessions)
DefinitionGenerally inflexible means:
not bendable or adaptable
in various senses, including:
  • not willing to compromise or make concessions — as when a boss says "Do it my way or you're fired."
  • not able to adjust well to different conditions — as of a schedule that cannot be changed
  • not easily bent without physical damage or injury — as of brittle steel or person with stiff joints
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Book15 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 47-48
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Monsieur
171 uses
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book171 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 67-68
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9-10
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perfidy
2 uses
She is guilty of perfidy if not treason.
perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 95-96
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render
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 53-54
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
simile
1 use
When she said he was "as subtle as a sledgehammer," she was using ironic simile.
simile = a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 65-66
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strait
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Strait of Hormuz
The Strait of Gibraltar connects the Atlantic Ocean to the Mediterranean Sea.
strait = a narrow water way that joins two larger bodies of water
DefinitionGenerally this sense of strait means:
a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-2
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