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apathy
1 use
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.14
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belligerent
1 use
She spoke to her teacher in a belligerent tone and was sent to the office.
belligerent = hostile or combative
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
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complacent
1 use
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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consequence
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.3
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decorum
1 use
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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denounce
1 use
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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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 = 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 2.5
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deter
2 uses
She was slow to decide what to do, but once she did nothing could deter her from her chosen course of action.
deter = discourage (prevent)
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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1st useChapter 1.6
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discriminate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
discriminating taste
It costs more, but is worth it to people with discriminating taste.
discriminating = recognizing fine distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.2
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expedient
1 use
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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furtive
2 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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gesticulate
3 uses
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
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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highlight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
highlights and shadows
I'm learning to enrich my painting with highlights and shadows.
highlights = lighter areas
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
noun:  something that is lighter and draws attention — such as an area of a painting

verb:  making something lighter — such as an area of a painting
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
illustrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an illustrated children's book
I write and illustrate children's books.
illustrate = draw pictures to accompany
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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incessant
3 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.17
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lethargic
2 uses
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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mean
1 use
We have a mean annual rainfall of 23 inches.
mean = average
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mean means:
the average number
For example, the mean of 1 & 3 is 2.
More generally, the mean of n numbers is computed by dividing the sum of the numbers by n; for example, the mean of 1, 2, and 6
= (1+2+6) / 3
= 9 / 3
= 3
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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minuteness
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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obscure
5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
The once shiny silver was now tarnished and obscure.
obscure = dark, dingy, or inconspicuous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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?  —3 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
precipitate
2 uses
1  —2 uses
adj as in: a precipitate decision
I had planned to ask her, but she made a precipitate departure.
precipitate = sudden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.7
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