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amiable
17 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book17 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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ascetic
4 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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assert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
asserted her opinion that...
The defense also asserts that the defendant has no previous record.
asserts = says (that something is true — especially something disputed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assert means:
to say that something is true — especially something disputed
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13
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bacteria
32 uses
The infection is caused by a bacteria that is resistant to antibiotics.
bacteria = microorganisms (living creatures so small it takes a microscope to see them)
DefinitionGenerally bacteria means:
microorganisms (living creatures so small it takes a microscope to see them) that can both cause disease and be beneficial. They are different and larger than viruses.
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Book32 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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benevolent
8 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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denounce
21 uses
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book21 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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digress
1 use
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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disdain
5 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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eccentric
5 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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indolent
6 uses
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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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 = 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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 26
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philanthropy
3 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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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39
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pious
9 uses
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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pretense
11 uses
The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
pretense = an appearance to help pretend
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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resolute
10 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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reticent
4 uses
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant — usually to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Book4 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 to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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vacuous
2 uses
Her credentials do not add weight to such vacuous comments.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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zeal
6 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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