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assault
18 uses
I was assaulted by a man in a mask.
assaulted = attacked
DefinitionGenerally assault means:
to attack someone or something physically or verbally; or to threaten violence
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Book18 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.8
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daunt
2 uses
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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despair
34 uses
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
Word Statistics
Book34 uses
Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6.2
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discern
1 use
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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disdain
1 use
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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5.1
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dubious
2 uses
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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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.1
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 5.10
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grave
5 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Book5 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5.1
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grievous
12 uses
She suffered grievous bodily harm.
grievous = very serious; or very bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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hew
13 uses
hew an oak†
hew = cut or roughly shape as with an axe
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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obscure
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.1
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ominous
6 uses
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.3
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prudent
6 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.3
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resolute
2 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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revere
2 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6.5
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squander
2 uses
She squandered the money she inherited from her grandmother.
squandered = wasted
DefinitionGenerally squander means:
to waste — money, resources, or opportunities
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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summon
20 uses
I was summoned to the principal's office.
summoned = called to come
DefinitionGenerally summon means:
to call forth
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.3
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valor
12 uses
She received a medal for valor.
valor = courage (exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle)
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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vigilant
7 uses
We need to remain vigilant when interacting with websites we don't know.
vigilant = carefully observant or attentive — often to possible danger
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.1
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waver
14 uses
Through good times and bad her love for him has never wavered.
wavered = been unsure or weak

or:

moved back and forth
DefinitionGenerally waver means:
moving back and forth

or:

to be unsure or weak
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.1
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