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acquiesce
3 uses
In the end she had won, and her father had acquiesced against his better judgment.
acquiesced = reluctantly complied (agreed)
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-20
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acrimony
1 use
"Ufficio di Papa," the commander declared, giving Vittoria an acrimonious scowl.
acrimonious = angry
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
No wonder the camerlegno despised apathy.
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
The austere commander of the Swiss Guard was a man for whom few public law enforcement officials had any affection.
austere = 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
Vittoria Vetra stood trembling at the foot of the basilica's sweeping stairs.
basilica = an important Roman Catholic church 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
A particularly large plaque dominated the entry. Langdon slowed to read the engraved bronze as they passed.
bronze = the plaque made of the metal by that name
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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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
He had confronted the problem head-on . . . truthful, candid, shining like an example to all.
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
There is still a chance to preserve protocol and decorum.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper
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
They denounce God as a hallucination-a delusional crutch for those too weak to accept that life is meaningless.
denounce = 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
part of the depravity of the plot
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
...all these eccentric ideas have a scientific veneer, but they are unashamedly irrational.
eccentric = unconventional
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 81-82
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lucid
3 uses
As lucid as he seemed, the priest was talking nonsense.
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
It had been used by various Popes to escape to safety during sieges of the Vatican .... as well as by a few less pious Popes to secretly visit mistresses or oversee the torture of their enemies.
pious = religious or moral
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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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!
All I can tell you is that even if the Illuminati were still active today, which I am virtually positive they are not, they would never be involved in Leonardo Vetra's death.†
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
She tried to stay positive.†
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
Directly over the recumbent saint, against a backdrop of gilded flame, hovered Bernini's angel.
recumbent = lying down
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
a redundant security system
redundant = with a backup component in case the primary one fails
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
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23-24
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refute
1 use
refute their claim
refute = 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
During dessert of boysenberry cream with savoiardi and steaming Romcaffe, Vittoria pressed her bare legs against his beneath the table and fixed him with a sultry stare.
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
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 137
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taint
3 uses
Of course the honor was tainted somewhat by the presence of the Swiss Guards hovering outside his door.
tainted = spoiled (so it is not as desirable)
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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