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appalling
3 uses
The live in appalling conditions.
appalling = shockingly terrible or horrible
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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audible
2 uses
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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bulwark
10 uses
It is a bulwark against storms.
bulwark = something that offers protection
DefinitionGenerally bulwark means:
something that offers protection — especially a defensive wall or embankment, or a sea wall

or (especially in classic literature):  the part of a ship's side that  is above the upper deck
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Book10 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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contrary   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrary to
Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramid is in Mexico—not Egypt.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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coronation
3 uses
She watched Queen Elizabeth's coronation.
coronation = the ceremony of installing a new monarch (king or queen)
DefinitionGenerally coronation means:
a ceremony of installing a new monarch (new king or queen)
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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despair
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
she felt despair
Don't give in to despair.
despair = a feeling of hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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enmity
1 use
The war has deepened tribal enmity.
enmity = hatred between enemies
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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grave
1 use
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 can depend upon 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 or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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infallible
1 use
She considers the Pope infallible.
infallible = never wrong
DefinitionGenerally infallible means:
never wrong; or never failing
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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languish
1 use
The prisoner languished in the dungeon for years.
languished = suffering in a bad situation for a long time
DefinitionGenerally languish means:
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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mane
5 uses
It was a healthy male lion with a golden mane.
mane = long coarse hair growing around the head
DefinitionGenerally mane means:
long coarse hair such as that which grows around a lion's head or on the back of a horse's neck
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
The secretary keeps the minutes of the meeting.
minutes = written record of what happens at a meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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mitigate
1 use
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = serving to make less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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precipice
3 uses
She approached and then pulled back from the precipice.
precipice = steep cliff (or other dangerous situation)
DefinitionGenerally precipice means:
a very steep cliff

or:

any dangerous situation
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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ration
5 uses
Gasoline was rationed during the 1970s oil embargo.
rationed = restricted in the amount each person would have
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
verb:  to restrict the amount of something each person can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage, or when more is wanted than is available

or:

noun:  a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
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Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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regent
4 uses
The California Board of Regents voted to increase student fees 32% at all University of California schools.
regents = members of a governing board
DefinitionGenerally regent means:
a member of a governing board — especially at a state university

or:

someone who rules a country temporarily while the king or queen is too young, too sick, or away
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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reign
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She reigned over England
The arranged marriage solidified the alliance between two of Europe's most important reigning families.
reigning = ruling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reign means:
rule (like that of a king or queen); or the time during which one ruled
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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serpent
12 uses
There was a picture of a serpent eating its tail.
serpent = snake
DefinitionGenerally serpent means:
a snake
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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treacherous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a scheming, treacherous assistant
That was how she uncovered his treacherous plot.
treacherous = betraying trust
DefinitionGenerally this sense of treacherous means:
guilty of betrayal or deception or likely to betray or deceive
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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