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acquiesce
3 uses
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly accept
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-20
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acrimony
1 use
The meeting ended in acrimony.
acrimony = anger
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39-40
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apathy
7 uses
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 93-94
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austere
3 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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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 97-98
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basilica
55 uses
We visited St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.
basilica = in Roman architecture, a public building for assemblies

or:

a Roman Catholic church or cathedral given certain privileges (typically architecturally similar to earlier Roman public buildings of the same name)
DefinitionGenerally basilica means:
in Roman architecture, a public building for assemblies

or:

a Roman Catholic church or cathedral accorded certain privileges (typically architecturally similar to earlier Roman basilica)
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Book55 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-32
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bronze
8 uses
1  —1 use as in:
her bronze is on display
The museum has a famous bronze by Frederic Remington.
bronze = a sculpture made of a brownish metal that consists of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
something made of the brownish metal with the same name — such as a sculpture (statue) or a third place medal
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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unquizzed meaning  —7 uses
candid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 113-114
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decorum
3 uses
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = proper manners and conduct
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 85-86
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denounce
3 uses
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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depravity
3 uses
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-20
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eccentric
2 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 81-82
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lucid
3 uses
Although she was on heavy pain medication, she was still lucid.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 133-134
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pious
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11-12
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11-12
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2  —1 use as in:
a positive attitude
With a positive attitude and some effort, I'm sure we can make this work.
positive = optimistic
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
optimistic (expecting or focusing good things); or agreeable
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 79-80
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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 99-100
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redundant
1 use
What is clarifying for one reader can be a redundant distraction for another.
redundant = more than is needed
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23-24
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refute
1 use
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = argued against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 81-82
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry voice
I was captivated by her soulful, sultry voice.
sultry = expressing or arousing sensual desire
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sultry means:
expressing or arousing sensual desire — especially in reference to a woman's appearance or voice
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 137
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taint
3 uses
Three people died from eating the tainted ice cream.
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37-38
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