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abhor
1 use
She abhors violence.
abhors = hates or detests
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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centaur
18 uses
Firenze is the name of a centaur character in the Harry Potter stories.
centaur = a mythical being that is half man and half horse
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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chasm
11 uses
You can't leap a twenty-foot chasm with two 10-foot jumps.
chasm = a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface
DefinitionGenerally chasm means:
a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface; or (more rarely) any large gap

or:

a large difference of opinion
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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conceit
2 uses
Her conceit will be her downfall.
conceit = feelings of excessive pride
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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entreat
2 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
grave
2 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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
indignant
2 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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loathe
4 uses
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = detest or intensely dislike
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
mane
2 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 growing:
  • around the head—as of a lion
  • on the back of the neck—as of a horse
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
mortal   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
felt mortal agony
She was in mortal fear of seeing him.
mortal = extreme or intense
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
parliament
7 uses
Throughout Europe, parliaments are debating how much power to give to the European Union.
parliaments = a legislative assembly in certain countries (that can pass laws)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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precipice
4 uses
She approached and then pulled back from the precipice.
precipice = a very steep cliff

or:

any dangerous situation
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
regent
3 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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
ruinous
9 uses
It was a ruinous war.
ruinous = extremely harmful
DefinitionGenerally ruinous means:
catastrophic or extremely harmful; or badly damaged or decayed (like ancient ruins)
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
serpent
11 uses
a picture of a serpent eating its tail
serpent = snake
DefinitionGenerally serpent means:
a snake
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
solemn
5 uses
He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
sustain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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