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ascetic
1 use
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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capricious
4 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
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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censure
3 uses
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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2  —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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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disdain
2 uses
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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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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hideous
34 uses
The beast had hideous fangs.
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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Book34 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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languid
9 uses
No urging could increase his languid pace.
languid = slow (lacking energy or relaxed)
DefinitionGenerally languid means:
lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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listless
11 uses
She was listless and bored.
listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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loathe
17 uses
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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Book17 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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philanthropy
4 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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servile
2 uses
We expect our waiters to give world-class service, but not to be so servile they sacrifice their human dignity.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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subtle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle poison
She is working subtly against us.
subtly = working in a way that is hard to see
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
working in an indirect or hidden way
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
subtle = making use of slight distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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tedious
12 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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Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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tremulous
9 uses
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = quivering (shaky)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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vulgar
18 uses
Her vulgarity was a turnoff.
vulgarity = crudeness (showing of bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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Book18 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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wrought
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
wrought iron
The windows have decorative wrought iron bars for security.
wrought = worked or crafted
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
worked — as when iron is shaped to fit by bending or beating
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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