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bewilder
5 uses
Some of their customs can bewilder travelers.
bewilder = confuse
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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centaur
13 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
Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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cunning
3 uses
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = cleverly tricky
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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dismay
2 uses
Don't be dismayed. I have a solution.
dismayed = feel sad, disappointed, or worried — typically in response to something surprising
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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dogged
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dogged determination
She worked with dogged determination.
dogged = continuing effort to achieve something despite difficulties (persistent)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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grave
3 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
Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12
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indignant
1 use
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
Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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inexorable
1 use
as inexorable as death
inexorable = unstoppable
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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judicious
1 use
She is judicious when spending her money.
judicious = shows good judgment
DefinitionGenerally judicious means:
showing good judgment
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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mane
9 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
Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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pompous
1 use
She gave another pompous speech.
pompous = with excessive self-importance
DefinitionGenerally pompous means:
behaving with excessive self-importance — often with exaggerated dignity or ceremonial splendor

or more rarely:  showing ceremonial splendor (pomp)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
reign   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
uncertainty reigns
Uncertainty and fear reigned during those years.
reigned = to be most powerful, important, or noticeable
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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resolve
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 15
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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sentry
10 uses
She successfully bluffed her way past the sentry.
sentry = person standing guard
DefinitionGenerally sentry means:
someone who stands guard
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
subtle = making use of slight distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
treacherous
2 uses
The road through Afghanistan's Kabul gorge is even more treacherous than the Road of Death in Bolivia.
treacherous = dangerous
DefinitionGenerally treacherous means:
dangerous

or:

likely to betray; or guilty of betrayal
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
wrath
3 uses
She could hardly contain her wrath when she learned he had betrayed her.
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger — sometimes implying angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
wretched
4 uses
The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad, in various senses such as:
  • unfortunate or miserable
  • of poor quality
  • morally bad
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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