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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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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
approach = a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19-20
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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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 97-98
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benevolent
8 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11-12
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candid
1 use
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 113-114
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clergy
10 uses
Under labor law, the clergy can be required to uphold the beliefs of the religion they have chosen.
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35-36
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discern
4 uses
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 111-112
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divine
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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doleful
1 use
It was another year of a doleful Detroit economy.
doleful = very sad; or causing sadness or misfortune
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 135-136
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erudite
2 uses
She is an erudite professor.
erudite = having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 95-96
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hypothesis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
The study will test the hypothesis that a good marriage is more important than a higher income when measuring happiness.
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea or explanation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 21-22
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niche
29 uses
She found her niche in the academic world.
niche = a role for which someone is especially well-suited
DefinitionGenerally niche means:
a smaller market within a larger market — such as the market for scissors designed for people who are left-handed

or:

a role for which someone is especially well-suited

or:

a shallow recess, cranny or crevice
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Book29 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 61-62
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piazza
72 uses
They filmed it at the Piazza Navona in Rome.
piazza = Italian term for a plaza (large open square created or defined by several buildings forming a perimeter enclosure)
DefinitionGenerally piazza means:
architecture:  Italian term for a plaza (large open square created or defined by several buildings forming a perimeter enclosure)
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Book72 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 79-80
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pious
4 uses
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11-12
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prudent
6 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-32
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refute
1 use
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = proved or argued that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or argue that something is false
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 81-82
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relevant
4 uses
It is easier to learn things that seem relevant to your life.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 35-36
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specimen
27 uses
The museum holds over a million insect specimens.
specimens = examples regarded as typical of its class
DefinitionGenerally specimen means:
a sample regarded as typical of its class; or a bit of tissue, blood, or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes
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Book27 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-20
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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
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 137
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 133-134
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