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accord
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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ambiguous
2 uses
Her answer was ambiguous.
ambiguous = unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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atrocious
1 use
She was alarmed by his atrocious behavior.
atrocious = exceptionally bad or cruel
DefinitionGenerally atrocious means:
exceptionally bad, cruel, or ugly
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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bulwark
10 uses
It is a bulwark against storms.
bulwark = something that offers protection
DefinitionGenerally bulwark means:
something that offers protection — especially a defensive wall or embankment, or a sea wall

or (especially in classic literature):  the part of a ship's side that  is above the upper deck
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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calumny
1 use
He denied all such allegations as "lies, calumny, and manipulation."
calumny = false accusations
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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cease
8 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 23
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comprehend
3 uses
I don't think she comprehends how dangerous this has become.
comprehends = fully understands
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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2  —2 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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doleful
1 use
It was another year of a doleful Detroit economy.
doleful = very sad; or causing sadness or misfortune
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 14
Web Links
formidable
3 uses
She is a formidable opponent.
formidable = intimidating or impressive
DefinitionGenerally formidable means:
intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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however
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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incessant
1 use
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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incongruous
2 uses
incongruous behavior
incongruous = out of place; or lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use 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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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obsequious
1 use
In the film, Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts character loved being served by obsequious sales clerks.
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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pretense
1 use
The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
pretense = false appearance
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
resolute
1 use
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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