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austere
5 uses
Silas was surprised by the austerity of the sanctuary.
austerity = absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration
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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19-20
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clergy
6 uses
The Holy See worked hard to retain a veil of mystery, even for its highest clergy.
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27-28
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doctrine
5 uses
We are a congregation of Catholics who have chosen as our priority to follow Catholic doctrine as rigorously as we can in our own daily lives.
doctrine = a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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dubious
9 uses
To my taste, the authors made some dubious leaps of faith in their analysis,
dubious = doubtful (not to be relied upon)
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
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Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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ephemeral
1 use
...the floor produced an ephemeral optical illusion...
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
André Vernet was a dear friend of Jacques, and Jacques trusted him explicitly.†
explicitly = without any doubts
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
Anyone who chose the forbidden gospels over Constantine's version was deemed a heretic.
heretic = someone with unacceptable beliefs
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-20
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incontrovertible
1 use
...the Dossiers Secrets had been authenticated by many specialists and incontrovertibly confirmed what historians had suspected for a long time:
incontrovertibly = undeniably
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
Langdon had lectured often enough on the Knights Templar to know that almost everyone on earth had heard of them, at least abstractedly.
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
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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
In France and Italy, the words for "left"—gauche and sinistra—came to have deeply negative overtones, while their right-hand counterparts rang of righteousness, dexterity, and correctness.†
negative = bad
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
bad or harmful
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 27-28
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passage
6 uses
As she read the passages, Sophie recalled an angry priest who had banged on her grandfather's door when she was a schoolgirl.†
passages = short parts of longer written works
DefinitionGenerally this sense of passage means:
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!
Yes, I'm positive I have seen these!†
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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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
Interpol said Vernet's name appeared in the newspapers from time to time, but always in a positive light.†
positive = good
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 87-88
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postscript
4 uses
She apparently believed the curator had left her a cryptic postscript telling her to find Langdon.
postscript = a note added to the end of a letter after the signature — usually preceded with "PS:" or "P.S."
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
Langdon rolled his eyes at Sophie, well accustomed to Teabing's predilection for dramatic antics.
predilection = tendency or preference (a predisposition in favor of something)
DefinitionGenerally predilection means:
preference (a predisposition in favor of something)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 51-52
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purge
4 uses
I must purge my soul of today's sins.
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
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37-38
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relevant
6 uses
I think you'll find this relevant to our discussion.
relevant = related in a meaningful way
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
Few people realized that anagrams, despite being a trite modern amusement, had a rich history of sacred symbolism.
trite = lacking impact because they are so familiar
DefinitionGenerally trite means:
lacking impact — typically because it is common or overused
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-20
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venerate
4 uses
...master stonemasons, erecting Templar churches all over Europe, but Rosslyn was considered their most sublime labor of love and veneration.
veneration = respect
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
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
Sir Leigh Teabing had vociferously proclaimed his innocence, and yet from his incoherent rantings about the Holy Grail, secret documents, and mysterious brotherhoods, Fache suspected the wily historian was setting the stage for his lawyers to plead an insanity defense.
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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