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agitate
26 uses
These last words were uttered in a tone of sorrowful agitation.
agitation = the act of stirring up (emotionally or physically); or a state of emotional unrest

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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Book26 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5.1
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anxiety
24 uses
said Mrs. Moss, with some anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.9
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apathy
1 use
Mr. Tulliver, even between the fits of spasmodic rigidity which had recurred at intervals ever since he had been found fallen from his horse, was usually in so apathetic a condition that the exits and entrances into his room were not felt to be of great importance.
apathetic = without interest or enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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apparent
30 uses
Tom declined that pleasure apparently, for he tried to draw his hand away.
apparently = obviously
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book30 uses
Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.2
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arbitration
4 uses
Dix had been brought to his senses by arbitration, and Wakem's advice had not carried him far.
arbitration = an official process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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armistice
1 use
Mrs. Glegg felt there was really something in this, but she tossed her head and emitted a guttural interjection to indicate that her silence was only an armistice, not a peace.
armistice = temporary agreement to stop fighting a war
DefinitionGenerally armistice means:
an agreement to temporarily stop fighting a war — typically to discuss terms of peace
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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capricious
5 uses
if, on the reading of your will, you sank in the opinion of your fellow-men, either by turning out to be poorer than they expected, or by leaving your money in a capricious manner, without strict regard to degrees of kin.
capricious = impulsive
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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complacent
9 uses
The poor wife, with her withered beauty, smiled complacently.
complacently = in a satisfied manner — without any concern
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4.2
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conciliatory
5 uses
And Maggie had forgotten even her hunger at that moment in the desire to conciliate gypsy opinion.
conciliate = attempt to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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1st useChapter 6.4
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...slowly, as if he were trying to defer the moment of a painful parting.
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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1st useChapter 5.2
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deride
2 uses
Maggie seemed to be listening to a chorus of reproach and derision.
derision = treatment as inferior and unworthy of respect

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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endure
14 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
endured the pain
...felt it impossible that she should go down to dinner and endure the severe eyes and severe words of her aunts,
endure = suffer through (or put up with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book14 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3.3
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expedient
4 uses
At length, in a case of aberration such as this, comment presented itself as more expedient than any answer.
expedient = speedy or practical; or an action that is speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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hypothesis
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
There was something rather bold in Miss Tulliver's direct gaze, and something undefinably coarse in the style of her beauty, which placed her, in the opinion of all feminine judges, far below her cousin Miss Deane; for the ladies of St. Ogg's had now completely ceded to Lucy their hypothetic claims on the admiration of Mr. Stephen Guest.†
hypothetic = possibly real, but not known for sure to be real
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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1st useChapter 3.7
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imply
16 uses
His tone implied something more than mere hopefulness or resolution.
implied = suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.2
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incessant
4 uses
And now, for the last two days, the rains on this lower course of the river had been incessant, so that the old men had shaken their heads and talked of sixty years ago, when the same sort of weather, happening about the equinox, brought on the great floods, which swept the bridge away, and reduced the town to great misery.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
...he checked his inclination to laugh, and said quietly...
inclination = tendency (desire)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.3
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indifferent
30 uses
But she was not looking indifferent now.
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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Book30 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5.6
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indignant
27 uses
The indignant fire in her eyes was quenched, and she began to look at him with timid distress.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.5
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obstinate
13 uses
Tom's always very compliant to me; I don't think he's so obstinate.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.12
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