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abhor
1 use
She abhors violence.
abhors = hates
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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anguish
1 use
I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
anguish = extreme pain
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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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
12 uses
You can't leap a twenty-foot chasm with two 10-foot jumps.
chasm = a large, 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 very large difference — often of opinion
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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desolate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a desolate place
The photos show the desolate surface of the moon.
desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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despair
2 uses
1  —2 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
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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diligent
1 use
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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disheveled
1 use
Her clothing was disheveled.
disheveled = messy (not properly in place)
DefinitionGenerally disheveled means:
messy (untidy or disordered) — especially of a person's clothes and hair
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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eloquent
1 use
Her eloquence is unquestioned even amongst those who disagree with her.
eloquence = powerful use of language
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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entreat
2 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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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 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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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 = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, 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 such as that which grows around a lion's head or on the back of a horse's neck
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
precipice
4 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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
serpent
11 uses
There was 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:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library20 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 1000
1st useChapter 4
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