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acrimony
1 use
The meeting ended in acrimony.
acrimony = anger
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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advocate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to advocate
She advocates stricter gun control.
advocates = publicly supports
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support (someone or something)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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belligerent
9 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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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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candid
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 24
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complacent
5 uses
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 23
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depravity
6 uses
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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despondent
11 uses
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = emotionally depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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didactic
1 use
Though John loved her lessons, George hated her didactic tone.
didactic = describing someone as inclined too inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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explicit   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
She gave us explicit instructions.
explicit = precisely and clearly expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
explicit photos and pornography
The computer has a filter that blocks explicit photos and pornography.
explicit = expressing or displaying sexual activity or nudity in a manner that leaves little to the imagination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
expressing or displaying sexual activity or violence in a detailed manner
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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passage
1 use
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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perspective   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 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 21
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2  —1 use as in:
Keep it in perspective
She loses perspective and continually wants to change the plan in a manner that depends on the most recent complaint.
perspective = a sensible view of a situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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3  —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 39
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reprehensible
1 use
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad — deserving criticism
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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sagacious
1 use
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39
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scrupulous
6 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)
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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simile
1 use
When she said he was "as subtle as a sledgehammer," she was using ironic simile.
simile = a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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1st useChapter 38
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a somber mood
Before she said anything, I knew it was bad news from her somber face.
somber = serious and cheerless
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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vacillate
2 uses
She was determined and did not vacillate in the least.
vacillate = to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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