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All Quiet on the Western Front
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abstract
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
abstract thought
We all agree that we want what's "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9
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banal
1 use
The movie was banal, but it led to a fascinating conversation.
banal = too commonplace to be interesting or entertaining
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1st useChapter 11
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equanimity
1 use
She accepted the problem with equanimity and grace.
equanimity = steadiness of mind under stress
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1st useChapter 6
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fastidious
1 use
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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importune
1 use
She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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inhabitant
5 uses
What will traffic be like if the city has twice as many inhabitants?
inhabitants = people that live in a particular place
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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laconic
1 use
I need more than the book and my teacher's laconic answers to understand this material.
laconic = using few words
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laudable
1 use
I appreciate his laudable efforts to save the environment.
laudable = worthy of high praise
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melancholy
5 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book5 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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monotonous
5 uses
The cafeteria food is good, but it gets monotonous after a while.
monotonous = lacking in variety — typically boring
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
perceive the system as unfair
She finally perceived the futility of her protest.
perceived = viewed in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = 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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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pithy
1 use
I follow her pithy commentary on Twitter.
pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Lower interest rates positively affected home sales.
positively = in a good or beneficial manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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quixotic
1 use
a quixotic law that was supposed to end excessive influence of special interests in government
quixotic = impractical due to excessive romanticism or idealism
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1st useChapter 7
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remonstrate
1 use
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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retort
6 uses
She wanted to retort that he that he sounded more foolish than he looked, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
retort = quickly reply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
sultry = hot and humid
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superficial
3 uses
She has only superficial knowledge on the subject.
superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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superfluous
1 use
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
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1st useChapter 12
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