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audacious
2 uses
It was an audacious act of piracy.
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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benighted
1 use
The poor, benighted innocent had never seen such a man.
Dickens, Charles  --  David Copperfield
benighted = lacking enlightenment, knowledge, or culture
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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circuitous
1 use
The explanation was circuitous and puzzling.
circuitous = indirect (deviating from a straight course)
DefinitionGenerally circuitous means:
indirect (deviating from a straight course — physically or in speech or conduct)
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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cleave
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
cleave through
The battle axe was a weapon used to cleave skulls or decapitate.
cleave = to split or cut through something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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dubious
1 use
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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furtive
1 use
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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haughty
1 use
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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heed
5 uses
Heed the advice of the old women.
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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ingenious
2 uses
It was an ingenious solution to the problem—as reliable as it was easy.
ingenious = showing inventiveness and skill
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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lament
3 uses
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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obstinate
1 use
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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ominous
3 uses
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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perplex
1 use
Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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portent
1 use
believes the Golden Globe Awards are portents of the upcoming Academy Awards
portents = signs of things about to happen
DefinitionGenerally portent means:
a sign of something about to happen
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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pretense
1 use
The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
pretense = an appearance to help pretend
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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purloin
1 use
The museum's night watchman purloined the artifacts.
purloined = stole
DefinitionGenerally purloin means:
to steal — especially in violation of trust
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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remuneration
1 use
It was inadequate remuneration to make up for his expenses.
remuneration = payment
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolve
3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
treacherous
2 uses
The road through Afghanistan's Kabul gorge is even more treacherous than the Road of Death in Bolivia.
treacherous = dangerous
DefinitionGenerally treacherous means:
dangerous

or:

likely to betray; or guilty of betrayal
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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wane
2 uses
Our passion has waned over the years, but our love has grown.
waned = gradually decreased
DefinitionGenerally wane means:
a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number) — especially the part of the moon that is visible
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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