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acquit
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
she was acquitted
But he answered: "He'll be acquitted, Dominique."†
acquitted = officially found "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges; or (informally) to find someone innocent of a charge of having done wrong
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.13
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austere
9 uses
she looked more delicately austere than any among them.
austere = lacking decoration or practicing self-denial
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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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.2
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belligerent
4 uses
"That's right," said Mitchell Layton belligerently, as if he expected everyone to disagree and was insulting them in advance.
belligerently = with an 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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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15
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blatant
5 uses
"I don't know what's a more conspicuous form of bad discipline," said Wynand, throwing his hat down on a table by the door, "to blurt things right out or to ignore them blatantly."
blatantly = obviously (without any attempt to pretend otherwise)
DefinitionGenerally blatant means:
obvious — often without any attempt to hide bad behavior
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.15
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bronze   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The dining room has a splendid bronze gate, placed by mistake on the ceiling, in the shape of a trellis entwined with fresh bronze grapes.
bronze = made of a brownish metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
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2  —2 uses as in:
a bronze tan
His face was scorched to bronze.†
bronze = a reddish-brown color
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown color like that of one of the metals with the same name — often used to refer to a suntan or a dark glowing complexion
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
She was looking straight at him; her eyes seemed just a bit too candid.
candid = honest and direct
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.12
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complacent
2 uses
Dominique watched him complacently, as if he presented no further problem to her.
complacently = in a satisfied manner — without any concern
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 1.14
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denounce
12 uses
I picked the one architect you spent all your time denouncing when you were on the Banner.
denouncing = strongly criticizing
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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Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.12
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depravity
9 uses
To what level of depravity has a society descended when it condemns a man simply because he is strong and great?
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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deride
9 uses
had to endure the derisive glances
derisive = showing contempt and ridicule (lack of respect and making fun of)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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disclaim
1 use
Francon shrugged apologetically, disclaiming all blame for the preposterous suggestion—"he wants it to look like this."
disclaiming = denying
DefinitionGenerally disclaim means:
to deny (responsibility for, knowledge of, or ownership of)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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disparage
1 use
Even a disparaging comment would be a personal link.
disparaging = critical
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book1 use
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SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4.10
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dogmatic
1 use
It may be worth mentioning, in passing, that dogmatic discipline is the only thing which makes true originality possible...
dogmatic = unquestioned
DefinitionGenerally dogmatic means:
prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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1st useChapter 1.4
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ostentatious
8 uses
I want a real wedding, Gail. I want it at the most ostentatious hotel in town.
ostentatious = intended to impress
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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reprehensible
1 use
The past, the career, the personality of Howard Roark seem to support the widespread impression that he is a reprehensible character, a dangerous, unprincipled, antisocial type of man...
reprehensible = bad
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.16
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scrupulous
6 uses
You must observe them scrupulously.
scrupulously = with careful diligence
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.10
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servile
2 uses
I find myself liking only those who are servile.
servile = submissive and eager to serve and please
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.18
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succession   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
a succession of events
Once he stayed there for two days and two nights in succession.
succession = a row (one after the other)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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1st useChapter 2.6
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2  —1 use as in:
presidential line of succession
The succession of his mistresses was so rapid that it ceased to be gossip.†
succession = replacement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
replacement — especially someone to taking a job or position after another leaves it
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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