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abridge
1 use
He was now adding a new clause to its pages: "Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade ...."
abridging = reducing
DefinitionGenerally abridge means:
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.10
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
approached the city
He snapped on her desk lamp which, in forced concentration on her work, she had neglected to turn on at the approach of dusk.†
approach = coming
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book5 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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2  —2 uses as in:
approached her with the proposal
We don't know how to approach you. We can't speak your language.†
approach = begin communication with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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ascetic
2 uses
I've always known that under that ascetic look of yours you were a plain, crude sensualist who sought nothing from a woman except an animal satisfaction which I pride myself on not having given you.
ascetic = extremely self-denying
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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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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contempt
19 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
He laughed in their faces, with bitterly incredulous contempt,
contempt = disrespect
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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Book19 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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depravity
41 uses
Now the planners are asking their people not to blame the government, but to blame the depravity of the rich,
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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Book41 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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despair   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
she felt despair
She pressed the back of her hand to her eyes, trying to dam the outbreak of a despair she had not permitted herself to acknowledge; she had not known the extent of it, nor how little of her endurance the quest had left her.
despair = hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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2  —2 uses as in:
do not despair
He would not give up the search for her plane, when all others had long since despaired, as he would not give up his mills, as he would not give up any goal he had chosen if a single chance was left.
despaired = lost hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.2
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
He wondered why he felt it with such urgency and why it had seemed so crucially important to re-establish the Comet's run.†
re-establish = restore

(Editor's note:  The prefix "re-" in re-establish means again. This is the same pattern you see in words like reconsider, rearrange, and regenerate.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book8 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.10
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2  —4 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
It is, I believe, an established fact that women don't go for that stuff about the mind.†
established = known or proven
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.5
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evade
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
evade the question
...you are free to think or to evade that effort.
evade = try to avoid (in this case the responsibility of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of evade means:
to avoid or try to avoid either a responsibility or telling the whole truth
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.7
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futile
48 uses
But her quest had remained futile.
futile = unproductive
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Book48 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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immutable
1 use
It was the urge to defy reality by the destruction of every living value, for the sake of proving to himself that he could exist in defiance of reality and would never have to be bound by any solid, immutable facts.
immutable = unchangeable
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.9
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indolent
2 uses
...with vacant eyes staring in indolent stupor out of stagnant layers of flesh,
indolent = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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mystic
101 uses
Once he surrendered reason, he was left at the mercy of ... a body moved by unaccountable instincts and of a soul moved by mystic revelations...
mystic = relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience
DefinitionGenerally mystic means:
relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
Word Statistics
Book101 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
This was the stamp James Taggart had dreaded, from which there was no escape: the stamp and proof of objectivity.
objectivity = a reality based on facts without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.9
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rational
18 uses
They cannot be reached by a rational argument.
rational = reasonable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rational means:
reasonable
in various senses, including:
  • "It's not rational to treat 2+2 as 5." — logical as contrasted to illogical
  • "I know you're upset, but please think about this in a rational manner." — based on reason as contrasted to emotion
  • "When I was 10-years-old, I wasn't very smart, but I was still rational." — capable of using reason as contrasted to being insane or lacking the ability to reason
  • "In matters of the heart, I trust my intuition more than my rational analysis." — based on a logical analysis as contrasted to intuition, instinct, custom, tarot-card reading, or some other system of decision making
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Book18 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.5
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remnant
81 uses
There was still a remnant of sunset light in the sky,
remnant = last bit
DefinitionGenerally remnant means:
a small amount that remains after the rest is gone — sometimes specifically of cloth
Word Statistics
Book81 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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reproach
47 uses
Philip's face assumed a look of reproach.
reproach = a criticism; or to express criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Book47 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1.2
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repudiate
2 uses
It's the easiest of all debts to repudiate.
repudiate = strong rejection
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.10
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