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abominable
2 uses
She described the abominable treatment of prisoners.
abominable = exceptionally bad
DefinitionGenerally abominable means:
exceptionally bad or detestable
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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amble
1 use
An old woman was ambling across the street.
ambling = walking slowly or leisurely
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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circuitous
1 use
It's a long and circuitous journey up the mountain road.
circuitous = indirect (winding rather than straight)
DefinitionGenerally circuitous means:
indirect — while traveling somewhere, or in saying or doing something
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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commotion
7 uses
I looked up to see what caused the commotion.
commotion = disturbance
DefinitionGenerally commotion means:
a disturbance — typically noisy
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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descend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
descend from royalty
She descended from an old Italian noble family.
descended = came from (had as an ancestor)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
figuratively, to have come down a path from the past; i.e., to originate or come from — such as in reference to ancestors or evolutionary origins
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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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
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12
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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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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ingenious
2 uses
It is an ingenious solution to the problem. It is as reliable as it is easy.
ingenious = showing cleverness and originality
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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 about
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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nimble
3 uses
Jack be nimble. Jack be quick. Jack jump over the candlestick.
nimble = quick and agile
DefinitionGenerally nimble means:
quick and agile  — typically physically, but can also reference quick, agile thinking

(someone who is agile does things easily)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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ominous
3 uses
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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onslaught
3 uses
They withstood the onslaught and counterattacked.
onslaught = powerful attack
DefinitionGenerally onslaught means:
a powerful attack

or:

a sudden and enormous amount of something that must be handled — such as trouble, people or communications
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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prosperous
4 uses
She owns a prosperous law firm.
prosperous = financially successful
DefinitionGenerally prosperous means:
successful or good — especially with regard to finances or wealth
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled their differences
She reconciled her checking account statement.
reconciled = brought into agreement (in this case, the statement from the bank with the record she kept in her check register)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to bring into agreement
The exact meaning of reconcile can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "We reconciled our differences and are on friendly terms now." — settled or found a way to accept
  • "They did break up, but they reconciled since then." — made up
  • "I need to reconcile my goals with my abilities." — make compatible
  • "I need to reconcile my checkbook." — get the checkbook numbers and the bank statement to agree
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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2  —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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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treacherous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the road is steep and treacherous
The road through Afghanistan's Kabul gorge is even more treacherous than the Road of Death in Bolivia.
treacherous = dangerous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of treacherous means:
dangerous — often in a non-obvious way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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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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wretch
1 use
Pity the poor wretch.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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