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aesthetic
3 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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.7
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arbitrary
17 uses
It was an arbitrary decision.
arbitrary = based on chance or impulse
DefinitionGenerally arbitrary means:
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
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Book17 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.7
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austere
25 uses
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
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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Book25 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.2
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belligerent
12 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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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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benevolent
7 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.8
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blatant
4 uses
She demonstrated blatant disregard of the rules.
blatant = (of bad behavior) obvious  without any attempt at hiding it
DefinitionGenerally blatant means:
obvious — often without any attempt to hide bad behavior
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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credulous
5 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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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
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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deride
11 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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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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dispose
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3.1
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dogmatic
1 use
The dogmatic coach is fond of saying, "My way's the right way. Your way's the wrong way!"
dogmatic = prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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expedient
6 uses
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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fastidious
4 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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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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ostentatious
11 uses
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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perspective   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Look at it from her perspective
A child who was abused with have a different perspective of family life than one raised in a nurturing home.
perspective = way of seeing or thinking about things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.2
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2  —1 use as in:
a perspective of the entire block
The penthouse window gives a perspective on half the city.
perspective = view
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a view — often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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refute
4 uses
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = argued against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.7
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reprehensible
1 use
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad — deserving criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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scrupulous
7 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)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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succession
5 uses
1  —5 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)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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