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advocate
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
to advocate
do you mean to say you advocate these strikes?
advocate = support
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support someone or something
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 32
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amiable
8 uses
As they passed down the hall Gunch demanded amiably, "George, old scout, you were soreheaded about something, here a while back."
amiably = in a friendly way
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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austere
5 uses
He had, without explanation, the impression of a slaggy cliff and on it, in silhouette against menacing clouds, a lone and austere figure.
austere = stern; or without comfort
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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belligerent
6 uses
he was annoyed by such background thoughts as had never weakened him in his days of belligerent conformity.
belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of one eager to fight)
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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benevolent
5 uses
"Wish there were more folks that were so generous with their machines," dutifully said the victim of benevolence.
benevolence = kindness and generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book5 uses
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1st useChapter 29
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candid
2 uses
He was supple and swift and flushed; his eyes (which he believed to be cynical) were candidly eager.
candidly = with honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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condescending
9 uses
...Babbitt accepted favors with the condescension one always shows a patient nurse.
condescension = a manner that treats others as inferiors

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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denounce
8 uses
He wanted to denounce them but (standing in the snow, peering round the dark corner) he did not dare.
denounce = to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
It was Mrs. Babbitt who had made this discord in their spiritual harmony,
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
There was no court to decide whether the second son of a Pierce Arrow limousine should go in to dinner before the first son of a Buick roadster, but of their respective social importance there was no doubt; and where Babbitt as a boy had aspired to the presidency, his son Ted aspired to a Packard twin-six and an established position in the motored gentry.†
established = settled
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 6
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
When he had thus established himself as a person unemotional and interested only in business, he sauntered out.†
established = proven or demonstrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 28
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however
11 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
However much she tried...
He persistently kept behind Babbitt, and however much his shoulders ached from the pack, however sorely he panted, Babbitt could hear his guide panting equally.†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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unquizzed meaning  —8 uses
incessant
6 uses
he was angry at Eddie Swanson for the incessant family bickering.
incessant = continuously/annoyingly
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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philanthropy
1 use
The advertisements were truly philanthropic.
philanthropic = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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pious   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
[after talking about dieting] She stooped over her story while he piously sliced and gulped down the apple, discoursing: "One thing I've done: cut down my smoking."
piously = in a highly moral manner (doing what is thought to be the right thing)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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2  —2 uses as in:
a pious hypocrite
And crooked—Say, if I told the prosecuting attorney what I know about this last Street Traction option steal, both you and me would go to jail, along with some nice, clean, pious, high-up traction guns!
pious = self-righteous (acting as though one is highly moral when it is not true)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
self-righteous (acting as though one is, or believing one is highly moral when it is not true)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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repudiate
1 use
Babbitt utterly repudiated the view that he had been trying to discover how approachable was Miss McGoun.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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1st useChapter 23
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resolute
11 uses
for however resolute he might be at dawn, he could not, for a single evening, check his drift.
resolute = firm in purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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reticent
7 uses
"Yuh—" Then he was pouring it out nakedly, robbed of reticence.
reticence = reluctance
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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socialism
12 uses
New York Assembly has passed some bills that ought to completely outlaw the socialists!
socialists = people who want an economic system based on government ownership or control of all important companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
DefinitionGenerally socialism means:
an economic system based on government ownership or control of all important companies — with the ideal of equal benefits to all people
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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