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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Extra Credit Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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acquiesce
1 use
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly accept
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.107.3
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alleviate
1 use
Regular massage will help to alleviate the pain.
alleviate = lessen
DefinitionGenerally alleviate means:
to lessen something that is bad — especially to lessen pain
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.107.3
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aversion
1 use
Of the two, she has a greater aversion to risk.
aversion = dislike that leads to avoidance
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1st useChapter 10, p.89.7
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blasphemy
2 uses
The government of the Muslim nation monitors major websites for blasphemy.
blasphemy = disrespect of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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1st useChapter 8, p.66.7
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blatant
1 use
She demonstrated blatant disregard of the rules.
blatant = (of bad behavior) obvious  without any attempt at hiding it
DefinitionGenerally blatant means:
obvious — often without any attempt to hide bad behavior
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.25.5
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depravity
1 use
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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1st useChapter 10, p.91.5
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deride
1 use
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.80.2
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despondent
1 use
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = emotionally depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.106.7
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duplicity
1 use
I trust her. Duplicity isn't in her nature or her tool kit.
duplicity = deception
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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1st useChapter 10, p.82.8
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eccentric
1 use
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 8, p.67.5
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enigma
1 use
As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.79.8
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gesticulate
1 use
The moderator turned her microphone off, leaving us to see her gesticulations, but not hear her words.
gesticulations = gestures (hand or body movements) made while speaking or to express something

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.106.2
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heresy
2 uses
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.25.3
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immodest
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
immodest dress
She was sent home from school for dressing too immodestly.
immodestly = in a sexually suggestive manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immodest means:
considered improper — especially too sexually suggestive which is typically said of clothing
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1st useChapter 2, p.12.4
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impending
1 use
She plans to spend more time on that after her impending retirement.
impending = about to happen
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10, p.105.4
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induce
1 use
1  —1 use 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
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8, p.56.2
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pedantic
4 uses
Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
pedantic = overly concerned with book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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1st useChapter 1, p.10.5
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poignant
1 use
It is a poignant story about a girl who is paralyzed in a car accident.
poignant = arousing sadness
DefinitionGenerally poignant means:
sharp or intense — typically arousing deep emotion such as sadness, but possibly having or creating a sharp smell, taste, or insight
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 10, p.106.1
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scrupulous
1 use
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10, p.90.3
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stringent
2 uses
We insist that our employees follow stringent safety measures.
stringent = strict
DefinitionGenerally stringent means:
demanding strict attention to detailed rules and procedures
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.47.2
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