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arbitrary
1 use
It was an arbitrary decision.
arbitrary = based on chance or impulse
DefinitionGenerally arbitrary means:
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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candid
2 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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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 — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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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 or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
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
1st useChapter 3
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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
1st useChapter 5
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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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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divine
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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florid   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a florid style
He welcomed them with a florid bow and greeting.
florid = elaborate (with much decorative detail)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
florid color
Symptoms include loss of concentration and a florid face.
florid = a reddish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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hideous
20 uses
The beast had hideous fangs.
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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Book20 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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induce
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
induce symptoms
She was suffering from alcohol-induced stupidity.
induced = caused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to cause something to arise or happen
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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infamous
6 uses
He is one of Chicago's most infamous mobsters.
infamous = having an exceedingly bad reputation
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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listless
6 uses
She was listless and bored.
listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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loathe
14 uses
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
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Book14 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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opera
14 uses
She is a popular opera singer.
opera = a classical music play in which most of the dialogue is sung
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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Book14 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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philanthropy
3 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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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reproach
5 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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servile
2 uses
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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tedious
7 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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vulgar
10 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
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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