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acrimony
2 uses
The meeting ended in acrimony.
acrimony = anger
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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aesthetic
1 use
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = related to beauty or good taste
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 30
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agitate
8 uses
We are agitating public unrest, so there will be a cry for change.
agitating = stirring up emotions to increase unrest
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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Book8 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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apparent
10 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book10 uses
Library60 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 14
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benevolent
1 use
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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capricious
1 use
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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censure
1 use
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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conciliatory
3 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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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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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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dissent
1 use
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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earnest
9 uses
I began training in earnest the summer before high school.
in earnest = in a serious manner
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book9 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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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
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Book1 use
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 25
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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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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incredulous
1 use
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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indifferent
4 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book4 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 22
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inquire
14 uses
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
inquire = ask about or look into
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Book14 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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mitigate
2 uses
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = serving to make less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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prudent
2 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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reticent
1 use
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant to speak
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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zeal
3 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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