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disdain
7 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 1
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elated
10 uses
I felt elated the first day of summer break.
elated = happy and excited
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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fanatic
16 uses
We think it was not a solitary fanatic, but a hired assassin.
fanatic = a person motivated by extreme enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally fanatic means:
a person motivated by extreme enthusiasm (as for a cause) — sometimes to a fault

or:

extremely enthusiastic — sometimes to a fault
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Book16 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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futile
6 uses
Resistance is futile.
futile = pointless because it cannot produce anything useful
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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inhibit   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
inhibited the growth of...
The drug inhibits the spread of cancer.
inhibits = slows or prevents
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 1
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2  —3 uses as in:
she is shy and inhibited
She's personable and funny with her friends, but tends to be inhibited with strangers.
inhibited = unable to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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jihad
33 uses
They urged jihad against the Americans in Afghanistan.
jihad = a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels
DefinitionGenerally jihad means:
a holy war waged by Muslims against infidels; or any relentless battle for a belief

or more rarely:  a holy struggle or striving by a Muslim for a moral, spiritual, or political goal
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Book33 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book2 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Lower interest rates positively affected home sales.
positively = in a good or beneficial manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 3
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prescient
40 uses
She is prescient in her political predictions.
prescient = knowing what will happen before it happens
DefinitionGenerally prescient means:
knowing (or at least expecting) what will happen before it happens
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Book40 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
She shared a profound way of thinking about the problem.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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2  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = intense (of great emotional depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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prophecy
22 uses
The prophecy came true.
prophecy = prediction of the future
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
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Book22 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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speculative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a speculative look or mind
She looked speculative as she turned her head back to the computer screen.
speculative = curious or in deep thought
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculative means:
showing, engaged in, or having a tendency of curiosity or deep thought
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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strata
5 uses
The Grand Canyon has many exposed rock strata ranging from 200 million to 2 billion years old.
strata = layers
DefinitionGenerally strata means:
layers

or:

levels, classes, or groups into which people or other things are divided
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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subtle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle poison
She is working subtly against us.
subtly = working in a way that is hard to see
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
working in an indirect or hidden way
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 1
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2  —3 uses as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
subtle = making use of slight distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 1
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treachery
23 uses
Benedict Arnold remains the U.S.'s symbol of ultimate treachery.
treachery = betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treachery means:
the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
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Book23 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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