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The Da Vinci Code

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alacrity
1 use
Displaying impressive alacrity, a host was already standing there to greet them.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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1st useChapter 41-42
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ascetic
2 uses
Saint-Sulpice was stark and cold, conveying an almost barren quality reminiscent of the ascetic cathedrals of Spain.
ascetic = severely plain (without decoration)
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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1st useChapter 5
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attribute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
Nor was it due to the mysterious interpretations attributed her by many art historians and conspiracy buffs.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
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
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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 19-20
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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
Most modern Semitic alphabets have no vowels and use nekkudot—tiny dots and dashes written either below or within the consonants—to indicate what vowel sound accompanies them.
consonants = speech sounds that are not 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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1st useChapter 71-72
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convoluted
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convoluted thinking
Nowadays, Langdon hesitated even to mention the Knights Templar while lecturing because it invariably led to a barrage of convoluted inquiries into assorted conspiracy theories.
convoluted = complex
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convoluted means:
complex — often more complex than necessary
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1st useChapter 37-38
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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
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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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ephemeral
1 use
...the floor produced an ephemeral optical illusion...
ephemeral = lasting only for a short time
DefinitionGenerally ephemeral means:
existing only for a short time
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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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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 scrolls highlight glaring historical discrepancies and fabrications, clearly confirming that the modern Bible was compiled and edited by men who possessed a political agenda—to promote the divinity of the man Jesus Christ and use His influence to solidify their own power base.†
highlight = emphasize (call attention to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of highlight means:
emphasize (call attention to something)
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1st useChapter 55-56
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2  —1 use as in:
highlights and shadows
Around his temples, the gray highlights were advancing, making their way deeper into his thicket of coarse black hair.†
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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1st useChapter 1
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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Library6 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
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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
Library22 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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 87-88
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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); or tendency (normal behavior)
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1st useChapter 51-52
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prominent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a prominent politician
Of course the ultimate embarrassment had been the widely publicized trial of FBI spy Robert Hanssen, who, in addition to being a prominent member of Opus Dei, had turned out to be a sexual deviant, his trial uncovering evidence that he had rigged hidden video cameras in his own bedroom so his friends could watch him having sex with his wife.†
prominent = well-known
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
Behind Newton's recumbent body rose an austere pyramid.
recumbent = lying down
DefinitionGenerally recumbent means:
lying down; or horizontal
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 97-98
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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
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SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 11-12
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