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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
The bus came to an abrupt stop.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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apparent
25 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book25 uses
Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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condescending
1 use
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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contrite
1 use
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = sorry
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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coup
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
delivered the coup de grace
Mercifully, she delivered the coup de grace.
coup de grace = deathblow
DefinitionGenerally this sense of coup de grace means:
deathblow

(literally a sword strike that mercifully kills a wounded animal, or metaphorically as the last in a series of things that defeated an opponent, idea, business or other entity.)
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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deprecate
1 use
You should not deprecate her efforts.
deprecate = treat as unimportant
DefinitionGenerally deprecate means:
to diminish or treat something as unimportant or of low quality; or to express disapproval
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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dissent
1 use
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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dogmatic
1 use
The dogmatic coach is fond of saying, "My way's the right way. Your way's the wrong way!"
dogmatic = prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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fastidious
1 use
She is fastidious in her work.
fastidious = careful and attentive to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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guile
1 use
Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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hackneyed
1 use
She writes in a hackneyed manner with nothing original.
hackneyed = writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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inert
1 use
The snake had recently eaten and lay inert in the grass.
inert = unmoving
DefinitionGenerally inert means:
unmoving, inactive, or unable to move

or:

slow, lethargic, or without interest

or (in chemistry/medicine):

chemically inactive (not having an effect)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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innumerable
1 use
She has been the target of innumerable investigations.
innumerable = too numerous to be counted
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = tiny
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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pithy
1 use
I follow her pithy commentary on Twitter.
pithy = concise (said in few words), but full of meaning
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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remonstrate
1 use
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = criticize or argue
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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reticent
1 use
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant to speak
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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supine
1 use
The Olympic luge team hits speeds of 80 m.p.h. while supine on their sled.
supine = lying down face upward
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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suppress
4 uses
She claimed that Facebook suppressed and promoted news that met a political agenda.
suppressed = kept from spreading
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
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Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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vacuous
2 uses
It is a vacuous, feel-good philosophy.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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