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deceive
3 uses
The plan was to deceive the Germans into believing the main attack would take place further north.
deceive = mislead
DefinitionGenerally deceive means:
to lie to or mislead someone — occasionally to lie to oneself by denying reality
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend from royalty
She descended from an old Italian noble family.
descended = came from (had as an ancestor)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
figuratively, to have come down a path from the past; i.e., to originate or come from — such as in reference to ancestors or evolutionary origins
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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haughty
1 use
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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hideous
2 uses
The beast had hideous fangs.
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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hoard
1 use
They found a 7th century hoard of treasure.
hoard = a collection of valuable things
DefinitionGenerally hoard means:
to gather something valuable and store it; or a collection of such things
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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however   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
However, complications may...
Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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2  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
However hard he tried, he couldn't do it.
however = no matter how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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inexorable
1 use
as inexorable as death
inexorable = unstoppable
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 12
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miscreant
2 uses
a teacher always on the lookout for miscreants
miscreants = a person who behaves badly
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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mock
2 uses
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
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Book2 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
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nimble
1 use
Jack be nimble. Jack be quick. Jack jump over the candlestick.
nimble = quick and agile
DefinitionGenerally nimble means:
quick and agile  — typically physically, but can also reference quick, agile thinking

(someone who is agile does things easily)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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provoke
1 use
Her remarks provoked a public outcry.
provoked = caused — typically an emotional reaction such as anger
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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refrain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a repeated refrain
The song has a catchy refrain.
refrain = lines repeated in a song
DefinitionGenerally this sense of refrain means:
something repeated regularly
especially:
  • lines repeated after each verse of a song
  • a phrase or idea often repeated by someone or within a poem
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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sagacious
1 use
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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saunter
1 use
It was pleasant to saunter lazily through the park.
saunter = walk leisurely
DefinitionGenerally saunter means:
to walk leisurely
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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scanty
1 use
I had a strong suspicion, but scanty evidence.
scanty = small in amount
DefinitionGenerally scanty means:
small in amount — often inadequate

or:

of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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suppress
1 use
She claimed that Facebook suppressed and promoted news that met a political agenda.
suppressed = kept from spreading
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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treachery
1 use
Benedict Arnold remains the U.S.'s symbol of ultimate treachery.
treachery = betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treachery means:
the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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valor
1 use
She received a medal for valor.
valor = courage (exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle)
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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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 8
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