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The Da Vinci Code

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alacrity
1 use
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41-42
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ascetic
2 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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attribute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the source of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 25-26
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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
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19-20
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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
It takes longer for babies to learn to voice back-of-the-mouth consonants (like k) than front-of-the-mouth consonants (like p).
consonants = speech sounds that are not a vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 71-72
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convoluted
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convoluted thinking
It's hard to follow her convoluted reasoning.
convoluted = very complex
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convoluted means:
complex — often more complex than necessary
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37-38
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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
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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ephemeral
1 use
Her fame was ephemeral.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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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
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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
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-20
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highlight   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
highlight the main findings
The main purpose of this passage is to highlight the degree of income inequality.
highlight = emphasize (call attention to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
emphasize (call attention to something)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 55-56
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2  —1 use as in:
highlights and shadows
I'm learning to enrich my painting with highlights and shadows.
highlights = lighter areas
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
noun:  something that is lighter and draws attention — such as an area of a painting

verb:  making something lighter — such as an area of a painting
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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
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Book1 use
Library6 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)
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Book3 uses
Library22 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
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 87-88
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predilection
1 use
The group has an unfortunate predilection for fighting, drinking, and drug use.
predilection = preference or tendency
DefinitionGenerally predilection means:
preference (a predisposition in favor of something); or tendency (normal behavior)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 51-52
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prominent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a prominent politician
She is a prominent member of our community.
prominent = well-known and respected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
well-known or important — especially of a person who is respected
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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recumbent
1 use
She likes a recumbent bicycle.
recumbent = lying down (a bicycle ridden in a reclined position)
DefinitionGenerally recumbent means:
lying down; or horizontal
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 97-98
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relevant
6 uses
Shannon tells an interesting story, but it's not relevant to the decision we have to make.
relevant = important (related in a meaningful way)
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 11-12
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