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animate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
animated by her strong belief
The right to pursue happiness is an animating principle of American government.
animating = inspiring people to action
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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anxiety
1 use
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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candid
2 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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cultivate
1 use
We encourage our representatives to cultivate a close relationship with their clients.
cultivate = develop or grow
DefinitionGenerally cultivate means:
enhance growth or development — such as:
  • to grow crops or prepare land for them
  • enhance a relationship — especially for a purpose
  • develop discernment (better recognition of differences) in taste or judgment
  • to grow a culture in a petri dish
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expulsion
1 use
Her records shows expulsion from two schools.
expulsion = the act of forcing out — in this case, kicking someone out of school
DefinitionGenerally expulsion means:
the act of forcing out — such as:
  • kicking someone out of an organization — such as a school or country
  • squeezing something to eliminate a liquid or gas
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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frivolous
1 use
Instead of helping, her remarks were frivolous.
frivolous = not serious
DefinitionGenerally frivolous means:
not serious (in 1 or both of these ways):
  • in behavior or attitude — as when acting silly or without appropriate seriousness
  • in content — as when describing something as trivial or unimportant
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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inquiry
1 use
They created a commission of inquiry to look into the matter.
inquiry = investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAct 4
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insistent
1 use
We questioned her repeatedly and she remained insistent that she knew nothing of the event.
insistent = firm and continuing
DefinitionGenerally insistent means:
persistent or continuing or firm — especially in maintaining a view or demanding something
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magnanimous
1 use
He was magnanimous toward those he conquered.
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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mortgage
4 uses
We are the proud owners of a new home and a $100,000 mortgage.
mortgage = a real estate loan agreement that promises to turn the real estate over to the lender if the loan isn't paid
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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mystic
1 use
She is a mystic who believes enlightenment will come from communing with nature.
mystic = someone who attempts to tune into realities beyond scientific understanding
DefinitionGenerally mystic means:
relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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Nietzsche
2 uses
Nietzsche famously said, "What does not destroy me, makes me stronger."
Nietzsche = influential German philosopher remembered for his concept of the superman and for his rejection of Christian values; considered, along with Kierkegaard, to be a founder of existentialism (1844-1900)
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peasant
11 uses
Most people in the Middle Ages were peasants.
peasants = used historically: people of low income, education, and social standing
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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petty
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a petty crime
She handles petty crimes.
petty = of less importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of petty means:
of less importance — at times implying insignificance
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAct 3
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redemption
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
its main redeeming quality is...
Our dog is dirty, noisy, and ill-behaved, but her redeeming quality is that she is so loving.
redeeming = thing that makes up for bad things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to make up for something bad; or to save
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senile
1 use
Her memory is getting worse and she's afraid of going senile.
senile = (into) mental weakness caused by old age
DefinitionGenerally senile means:
mental weakness caused by old age
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strenuous
1 use
The doctor recommended strenuous exercise three times a week.
strenuous = difficult or performed energetically
DefinitionGenerally strenuous means:
characterizes physical or mental actions as difficult or requiring endurance; or as performed energetically
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vex
1 use
It is a vexing problem.
vexing = annoying
DefinitionGenerally vex means:
to annoy or disturb
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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vulgar
3 uses
Her vulgarity was a turnoff.
vulgarity = crudeness (showing of bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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wretch
4 uses
Pity the poor wretch.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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