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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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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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19-20
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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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 97-98
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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
1st useChapter 11-12
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candid
1 use
He had confronted the problem head-on . . . truthful, candid, shining like an example to all.
candid = directly with honesty
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
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
Someone in the clergy.
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
akin to smashing clocks together to discern their internal workings.
discern = understand
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
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
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
Library6 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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erudite
2 uses
But even erudition seemed to be his enemy today.
erudition = having or showing profound knowledge
DefinitionGenerally erudite means:
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
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
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
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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 61-62
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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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pious
4 uses
Behind his pious calm, she saw a man tormented by personal demons.
pious = moral or religious manner
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
We must exercise prudence.
prudence = care and good sense
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
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
refute their claim
refute = prove to be 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
"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
Library5 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
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
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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transitory
1 use
The church's strength was its tradition, not its transience. The whole world was transitory.
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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