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advocate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
to advocate
Doctor, have the medical societies in Minnesota ever advocated legislation for help to nursing mothers?
advocated = publicly supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support (someone or something)
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24
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2  —3 uses as in:
an advocate supporting
But the advocate of freedom in marriage was as much disappointed as a drooping bride at the alacrity with which he took that freedom and escaped to the world of men's affairs.
advocate = public supporter
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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amiable
20 uses
The inhabitants of the Humble Home were supposed to be amiable and intelligent.
amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Book20 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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assert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
asserted her opinion that...
She asserted that it proved him to be a man of the bold free West.
asserted = said (something is true)
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
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1st useChapter 9
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condescending
11 uses
She went to the first meeting rather condescendingly, regarding herself as the only one besides Guy who knew anything about books or library methods.
condescendingly = in a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
Only an insane contortion of spelling could portray his lyric whine, his mangled consonants.
consonants = speech sounds that are not vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
He looked through her with a contemptuousness such as she could not have imagined.
contemptuousness = lack of respect

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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digress
1 use
And, to digress for a moment, ...
digress = wander from the main topic
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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exonerate
1 use
But you'll exonerate Fern?
exonerate = free from blame
DefinitionGenerally exonerate means:
to free someone from blame

or more rarely:

to free someone from an obligation
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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heresy
11 uses
She laughed at herself when she saw that she had expected to be at once a heretic and a returned hero
heretic = someone with opinions or actions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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immutable
2 uses
She believed that details could excitingly be altered, but that things-in-general were comely and kind and immutable.
immutable = unchangeable
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is shy and inhibited
Why, Good Lord, Maud, I could talk about neuroses and psychoses and inhibitions and repressions and complexes just as well as any damn specialist, if I got paid for it, if I was in the city and had the nerve to charge the fees that those fellows do.†
inhibitions = inabilities to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibited means:
unable to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious
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1st useChapter 25
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metropolis
2 uses
She was delighted by the simplicity of voting one's self a metropolis.
metropolis = important city
DefinitionGenerally metropolis means:
city — especially a large city that is considered important
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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pious
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
Dear, don't speak so bitter about 'pious' people.
pious = highly religious and moral
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
The woman was positively known to have worn handkerchiefs in her bodice as padding—oh, the town had simply roared at her.†
positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book4 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
I've failed at every positive thing I've tried.†
positive = good
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13
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resolute
12 uses
Her hatred of the town turned resolute as she pushed open the door.
resolute = firm in belief
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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socialism
19 uses
You'll be mixing in socialism next!
socialism = 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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Book19 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
He asked the veterinarian about the value of different breeds of stock; he inquired of Lyman Cass whether or not Einar Gyseldson really had had a yield of forty bushels of wheat to the acre.†
yield = production
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16
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2  —5 uses as in:
yield to pressure
She wasn't going to yield to the village and let down; she was going to keep up a belief in the rite of tea, to which she had always looked forward as the symbol of a leisurely fine existence.†
yield = give in, give way, or give up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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