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austere
5 uses
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19-20
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clergy
6 uses
Under labor law, the clergy can be required to uphold the beliefs of the religion they have chosen.
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27-28
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doctrine
5 uses
She challenges accepted doctrine.
doctrine = generally accepted beliefs
DefinitionGenerally doctrine means:
a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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dubious
9 uses
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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ephemeral
1 use
Her fame was ephemeral.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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explicit
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
explicit instructions
She gave us explicit instructions.
explicit = precisely and clearly expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 105
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heresy
8 uses
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-20
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incontrovertible
1 use
We have incontrovertible proof that the defendant is guilty.
incontrovertible = undeniable
DefinitionGenerally incontrovertible means:
undeniable (obviously true—at least upon investigation)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 47-48
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Knights Templar
70 uses
The Knights Templar were the first significant international bankers.
Knights Templar = an order of medieval knights that existed for two centuries after the First Crusade and who helped to protect Jerusalem and European pilgrims to Jerusalem when it was under Christian control
DefinitionGenerally Knights Templar means:
an order of medieval knights that existed for two centuries after the First Crusade who helped to protect Jerusalem and European pilgrims to Jerusalem
Word Statistics
Book70 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37-38
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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a negative effect
Higher interest rates negatively affected home sales.
negatively = in a bad or harmful manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
bad or harmful
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 27-28
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passage
6 uses
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 57-58
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 67-68
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Lower interest rates positively affected home sales.
positively = in a good or beneficial manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 87-88
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postscript
4 uses
PS:  Bob just walked through and says hello.
PS = an abbreviation for "postscript" that is placed at the end of a letter (after the signature) to indicate that an additional note follows
DefinitionGenerally postscript means:
a note added to the end of a letter after the signature — usually preceded with "PS:" or "P.S."

or:

any written or spoken addition added after the end of something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-14
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predilection
1 use
The group has an unfortunate predilection for fighting, drinking and drug use.
predilection = preference (a predisposition in favor of something)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 51-52
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purge
4 uses
The extremists in the party want to purge the leadership of moderates.
purge = get rid of
DefinitionGenerally purge means:
get rid of things thought undesirable — in various senses including:
  • get rid of people for political reasons
  • clean of impurities — especially in people by emptying the intestinal tract
  • make pure or free from sin or guilt
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37-38
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relevant
6 uses
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 11-12
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trite
1 use
I know it sounds trite, but I love her; and that changes everything.
trite = lacking impact — typically because it is common or overused
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-20
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venerate
4 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25-26
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vociferous
1 use
She complained vociferously.
vociferously = with forceful energy
DefinitionGenerally vociferous means:
expressed with forceful energy — often loud and sometimes offensive
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 103-104
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