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Angels & Demons

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aphorism
1 use
She often quotes St. Augustine's aphorism, "Love the sinner and hate the sin."
aphorism = short saying intended to impart wisdom
DefinitionGenerally aphorism means:
a short saying intended to impart wisdom
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-56
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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 = method (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19-20
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attribute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the source of)
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 8
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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
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11-12
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bronze
8 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The sculpture of a bull on Wall Street is made of bronze.
bronze = a brownish metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 47-48
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
descend   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 83-84
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2  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Despair descended upon us.
descended = came suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 123-124
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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
Library8 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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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
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
a 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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immaterial
1 use
For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
immaterial = not important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immaterial means:
not important, or not relevant
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-44
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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
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 61-62
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olfactory
1 use
Dogs bred for scent-based tasks have higher olfactory capacities than other dogs.
olfactory = relating to the sense of smell
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35-36
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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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rectify
1 use
I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
rectify = correct, fix, or make right
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-20
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relevant
4 uses
Shannon tells an interesting story, but it's not relevant to the decision we have to make.
relevant = important (related in a meaningful way)
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-20
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ubiquitous
1 use
We are all familiar with the company's ubiquitous advertisements.
ubiquitous = found everywhere all the time
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 59-60
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 89-90
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2  —2 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 85-86
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