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accord
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
this was not in accordance with the Charter.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book7 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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aesthetic
1 use
had no interest in esthetics
esthetics = what is considered beautiful
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
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16
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austere
1 use
Of the faiths that had existed before the coming of the Overlords, only a form of purified Buddhism-perhaps the most austere of all religions-still survived.
austere = lacking luxury
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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1st useChapter 6
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benevolent
2 uses
If you want a single proof of the essential-how shall I put it?—benevolence of the Overlords, think of that cruelty-to-animals order which they made within a month of their arrival.
benevolence = kindness
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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cease
13 uses
He had ceased to wonder if the action was wise,
ceased = stopped
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Book13 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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descend
10 uses
Silence descended on the murmuring crowd
descended = arrived
DefinitionGenerally descend means:
move or slope downward

or:

come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor

or:

come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
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Library33 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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emerge
8 uses
His secret ambition had at last dared to emerge into the full light of consciousness.
emerge = appear
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 24
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enigma
2 uses
That was just another of the enigmas he never solved.
enigmas = unexplainable things
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Since Martha had died and the children had established their own families, his ties with the world seemed to have weakened.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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futile
3 uses
It seemed futile to spend a lifetime searching for secrets that the Overlords had probably uncovered ages before.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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grave
5 uses
And for every person who has signed, there are many who feel grave doubts about the wisdom, not to mention the rightness of this Federation plan.
grave = serious (important)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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heresy
1 use
Usually she kept these heretical opinions to herself;
heretical = unpopular
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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indifferent
12 uses
The Overlords seemed largely indifferent to forms of government, provided that they were not oppressive or corrupt.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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Book12 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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inevitable
6 uses
It was almost inevitable that George, as a leading member of the artistic hierarchy, should be one of the reception committee.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 23
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irony
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
It had been virtually shattered by two inventions, which were, ironically enough, of purely human origin and owed nothing to the Overlords.
ironically = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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1st useChapter 6
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latent
3 uses
To all outward appearances, she was still a baby, but round her now was a sense of latent power so terrifying that Jean could no longer bear to enter the nursery.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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1st useChapter 19
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meticulous
1 use
embroidered his writing-pad with meticulous and microscopic doodles.
meticulous = carefully detailed
DefinitionGenerally meticulous means:
treating details with great care
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1st useChapter 4
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orthodox
1 use
It was hard for anyone with his training in orthodox science to accept the evidence that had now come into his hands.
orthodox = thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted
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1st useChapter 9
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ostentatious
1 use
...his jailer was now wearing, very ostentatiously, a huge pistol that had never been in evidence before.
ostentatiously = in a manner intended to attract notice
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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sufficient
7 uses
George was sufficiently alert to avoid the trap.
sufficiently = adequately
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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Book7 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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