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The War of the Worlds

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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
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complacent
1 use
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
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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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.3
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countervail
1 use
The US Constitution was designed to balance interests through a system of countervailing powers.
countervailing = counterbalance
DefinitionGenerally countervail means:
to counterbalance, or oppose (the effects of something)—often in such a manner that the effects being opposed are neutralized (made ineffective)
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Despair descended upon us.
descended = came suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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
SAT®*top 1000
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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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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Library1 use 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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Library6 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
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.17
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lethargic
2 uses
I'm hoping a cold iced tea will help me get past this lethargic feeling.
lethargic = lacking energy
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = see (become aware of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.3
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pious
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.7
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precipitate
2 uses
1  —2 uses
(adj) as in: a precipitate decision
Think about this. Don't make a precipitate decision.
precipitate = sudden (without adequate thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.7
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speculative   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a speculative theory
The theory remains speculative; though we hope her study will provide supporting evidence.
speculative = unproven
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculative means:
based on thought or theory that is unproven or unprovable
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1st useChapter 2.10
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2  —1 use as in:
a speculative venture
It's a highly speculative investment.
speculative = risky
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculative means:
done with uncertainty—often a risky investment for profit
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1st useChapter 2.2
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succession
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a succession of events
She survived a succession of catastrophes.
succession = series (one after the other)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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timorous
2 uses
She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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vestige
4 uses
The House of Lords is a vestige of the British system of aristocracy.
vestige = remaining trace
DefinitionGenerally vestige means:
a remaining trace (little bit of something) that was previously abundant
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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