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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
Library3 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 and kindly
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Book20 uses
Library5 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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complacent
5 uses
They don't know, they don't understand how agonizing their complacent dullness is.
complacent = contented (satisfied and happy) — often to a fault
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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credulous
4 uses
She was credulous, perhaps; a born hero-worshipper; yet she did question and examine unceasingly.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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cynical
17 uses
She was cynical about the joys of a simple laborious life.
cynical = someone who expects the worst — especially of people (such as expecting them to be selfish and lie)
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Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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decorum
6 uses
In twenty minutes the party was again elevated to the decorum of a prayer-meeting.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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diligent
5 uses
She was diligent at Red Cross work.
diligent = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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disdain
1 use
But he had his mother's genius for trusting, her disdain for prying, her sure integrity.
disdain = a 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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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eccentric
6 uses
But he looked as though he were doing this eccentric thing to amuse himself.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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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
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
Ella Stowbody, the professional, perceiving that it was because of a conspiracy of jealousy that she had been given a small part, alternated between lofty amusement and Christian patience.
perceiving = viewing things 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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 18
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2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
As they reached the picnic ground she perceived that it was dark,
perceived = saw
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 30
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pious
8 uses
Dear, don't speak so bitter about 'pious' people.
pious = highly moral or 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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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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reticent
4 uses
Kennicott was not so reticent.
reticent = reluctant
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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scrupulous
3 uses
Think how much better you can criticize conventional customs if you yourself live up to them, scrupulously.
scrupulously = carefully ethical and/or diligent
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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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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