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adjure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I adjure you
I adjure you.
adjure = ask for earnestly or command solemnly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adjure means:
to appeal earnestly or command solemnly
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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apparent
5 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book5 uses
Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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bastion
1 use
The universities were the last bastion of freedom, but they were purged of anyone who questioned official propaganda shortly after the coup.
bastion = defensive fortification
DefinitionGenerally bastion means:
defense or defensive fortification — such as people who defend a principle or fortifications that defend people from attack (especially the projecting part of a castle wall or rampart)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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beseech
1 use
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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bulwark
2 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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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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doleful
3 uses
It was another year of a doleful Detroit economy.
doleful = very sad; or causing sadness or misfortune
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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forbearance
1 use
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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grievous
1 use
She suffered grievous bodily harm.
grievous = very serious; or very bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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infernal
1 use
Please stop making that infernal noise!
infernal = very annoying
DefinitionGenerally infernal means:
very bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell or the underworld
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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monotonous
1 use
We hope to replace people with robots for the most monotonous work.
monotonous = lacking variety and boring
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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pantomime
1 use
Though she didn't speak Chinese, she was able to pantomime her meaning.
pantomime = express through gestures and body movements (without words)
DefinitionGenerally pantomime means:
a performance or expression of something through gestures and body movements without words
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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phosphorescence
1 use
She loves to swim in the ocean on nights when phosphorescence shines in her wake.
phosphorescence = a dim glowing light
DefinitionGenerally phosphorescence means:
a dim glowing light

or more technically:  a fluorescence (dim light)  created by a chemical reaction within a living organism; or a dim light that continues to shine from something after the bombarding radiation (stronger light that fell upon it) has ceased
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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prudent
1 use
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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recite
2 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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Book2 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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resolute
1 use
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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shoal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
run aground on a shoal
The rocks,  shoals, and currents make it a treacherous journey.
shoals = sandbanks or other stretches of shallow water
DefinitionGenerally this sense of shoal means:
an area of shallow water — especially a navigation hazard, and often caused by a deposit of sand (sandbank)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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sullen
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sullen sky
The town looked more depressing than normal under the sullen sky.
sullen = darkened by clouds
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
darkened by clouds; or the color of a gloomy sky
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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trifle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a trifling matter
We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.
trifling = small (of little importance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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wither
1 use
The grapes withered on the vine.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled as they dried out)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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