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disdain
7 uses
"You think now to teach me my trade?" he asked, and he did not try to hide the disdain in his voice.
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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elated
10 uses
Paul felt a kind of elation.
elation = excited happiness

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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fanatic
16 uses
A leader such as that would command fanatic loyalty.
fanatic = extremely enthusiastic
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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futile
6 uses
They say they need only sit inside their defenses while you wear yourselves out in futile attack.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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inhibit   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
inhibited the growth of...
Slowly, feeling the compulsions and unable to inhibit them, Paul put his hand into the box.
inhibit = prevent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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2  —3 uses as in:
she is shy and inhibited
It was like a child's game that had lost all inhibition in adult hands.
inhibition = limitation or restraint

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibited means:
unable to act naturally due to being overly self-conscious
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
"When you're mm-m-m ironic, that ah-h-h suggests you're hm-m-m-m thinking deep thoughts," the Count said.
ironic = 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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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
Paul saw that the man was enjoying the stink of this air, that there was no irony in his tone.†
irony = saying one thing while meaning something else
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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jihad
33 uses
Through it all, the wild jihad still loomed ahead of him, the violence and the slaughter.
jihad = a relentless battle for a belief
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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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
He could not be certain what he would do, but of one thing he was positive: he did not want the water distilled out of Jamis' flesh.†
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
The measure of Count Fenring's friendship may be seen first in a positive thing: he allayed the Landsraad's suspicions after the Arrakis Affair.†
positive = good
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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prescient
40 uses
He knew what this essence could do to him—the spice change that pushed his mind into prescient awareness.
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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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
This is profound thinking if you understand how unstable "the truth" can be.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or insight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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2  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
I am profoundly stirred!
profoundly = intensely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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prophecy
22 uses
Yet the boy fitted the ancient prophecy so precisely.
prophecy = prediction
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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speculative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a speculative look or mind
Kynes directed a speculative look at Jessica, gave a subtle hand signal to Tuek.
speculative = showing curiosity
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculative means:
showing, engaged in, or having a tendency of curiosity or deep thought
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strata
5 uses
And he remembered sunrise here on Arrakis—colored strata of the Shield Wall mellowed by dust haze.
strata = layers
DefinitionGenerally strata means:
layers

or:

levels, classes, or groups into which people or other things are divided
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subtle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle poison
A poison—so subtle, so insidious . . . so irreversible. It won't even kill you unless you stop taking it.
subtle = working in a hidden way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
working in an indirect or hidden way
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2  —3 uses as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
...hawk features, blue-ink eyes that suggested he was a native of Arrakis, but subtleties of movement and stance told her he was not.
subtleties = things that are slightly noticeable
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
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treachery
23 uses
I suspect her of 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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