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Angels & Demons

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aphorism
1 use
He could still hear his father speaking the old New England aphorism: If it wasn't painfully difficult, you did it wrong.
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
He hoped to prove that science and religion are two totally compatible fields-two different approaches to finding the same truth.
approaches = ways 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...
The rising and setting of the sun was once attributed to Helios and a flaming chariot.
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 8
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benevolent
8 uses
...benevolent and powerless to help.
benevolent = kind
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
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 circular citadel shot skyward 107 feet to the bronze angel above.†
bronze = made of a brownish metal
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
Vittoria looked down at the staircase descending into the void and suddenly wanted to turn back.
descending = going down
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 83-84
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2  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
It descended on them like the wrath of hell, shaking the granite foundation of Vatican City, knocking the breath out of people's lungs, sending others stumbling backward.†
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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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
When you lie out under the stars, do you sense the divine?
divine = that which comes from God
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
Glick nodded dolefully.
dolefully = full of sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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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
A ten milligram sample-the volume of a grain of sand-is hypothesized to hold as much energy as about two hundred metric tons of conventional rocket fuel.†
hypothesized = proposed a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, idea

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 21-22
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immaterial
1 use
My name is immaterial.
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-44
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niche
29 uses
On both sides, hollow niches lined the walls.
niches = shallow recesses (each like a single space built into the wall to hold something)
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
We have radioactive isotope scanners, olfactory filters designed by the American DEA to detect the faintest chemical signatures of combustibles and toxins.
olfactory = related to the sense of smell
DefinitionGenerally olfactory means:
relating to the sense of smell
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35-36
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piazza
72 uses
Robert Langdon dashed down the stairs outside the church and into the middle of the piazza.
piazza = 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
"Rectifying science with religion has been my father's life dream," Vittoria said.
rectifying = correcting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
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
"There is only one relevant fact at this moment, sir," Vittoria said, "that being that in six hours that device is going to vaporize this entire complex."
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 35-36
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specimen
27 uses
Whoever killed Leonardo wanted one thing—the antimatter specimen.
specimen = sample
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
Nap time was eternal in the Eternal City—the ubiquitous public dozing a perfected extension of the afternoon siestas born of ancient Spain.
ubiquitous = seeming to be 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 search of Vatican City's public access areas so far had yielded nothing.†
yielded = produced
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
Then, as he teetered on the brink of unconsciousness, Langdon heard a distant yielding .... a ripple spidering outward through the glass.†
yielding = giving in, giving up, or giving way (easily moved or soft)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 85-86
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