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aesthetic
2 uses
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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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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belligerent
3 uses
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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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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bronze
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The sculpture of a bull on Wall Street is made of bronze.
bronze = a brownish metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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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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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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deride
3 uses
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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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didactic
1 use
Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
didactic = describing someone as inclined too inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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1st useChapter 20
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diligent
3 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 20
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fastidious
3 uses
She is fastidious in her work.
fastidious = careful and attentive to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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hackneyed
1 use
She writes in a hackneyed manner with nothing original.
hackneyed = writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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lucid
3 uses
Although she was on heavy pain medication, she was still lucid.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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olfactory
1 use
Dogs bred for scent-based tasks have higher olfactory capacities than other dogs.
olfactory = relating to the sense of smell
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1st useChapter 3
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pedantic
1 use
Her lectures were too pedantic for my taste.
pedantic = overly concerned with book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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philanthropy
4 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39
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reticent
6 uses
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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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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scrupulous
5 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 27
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speculative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a speculative look or mind
She looked speculative as she turned her head back to the computer screen.
speculative = curious or in deep thought
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculative means:
showing, engaged in, or having a tendency of curiosity or deep thought
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1st useChapter 3
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succession   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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2  —1 use as in:
presidential line of succession
Some investors are nervous that the founder and CEO is elderly, but others are comforted by a rigorous succession plan.
succession = replacement of someone who leaves a job or position
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
replacement — especially someone to taking a job or position after another leaves it
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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virulent
5 uses
A virulent form of the infectious disease spread through the country.
virulent = very bad
DefinitionGenerally virulent means:
of disease:  very bad — perhaps very contagious

or

harsh or hateful
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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zeal
6 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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