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allegory
1 use
In Plato's allegory, the prisoners in the cave represent people living in ignorance.
allegory = a fictional story whose characters, items, or events are symbolic to express a deeper meaning
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diminutive
1 use
She is a diminutive fighter pilot.
diminutive = very small
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eccentric
1 use
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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fastidious
1 use
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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futile
1 use
It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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grandiloquent
2 uses
She said it in a grandiloquent and boastful manner.
grandiloquent = lofty in style
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 4
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grave
4 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
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
SAT®*top 500
1st useAct 1
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indifferent
2 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
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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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 3
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inevitable
1 use
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
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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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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mockery
12 uses
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAct 2
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ostentatious
1 use
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
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
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perspective
1 use
1  —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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profuse
1 use
It grows profusely in this area.
profusely = abundantly
DefinitionGenerally profuse means:
abundant (a lot of something)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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ratify
1 use
The President already signed the treaty, but it won't take effect unless the Senate ratifies it.
ratifies = approves
DefinitionGenerally ratify means:
to approve — typically the formal approval of an agreement by an organization
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recite
6 uses
She recited a poem.
recited = said the lines of
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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resolute
1 use
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 4
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revere
1 use
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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surreptitious
1 use
She stole a surreptitious glance at him.
surreptitious = done secretly or in a manner that avoids notice
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 4
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zeal
1 use
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAct 1
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