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advocate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an advocate supporting
She is a passionate advocate for children's welfare.
advocate = a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 36
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arrogant
4 uses
She is rude and arrogant.
arrogant = with an excessive sense of superiority
DefinitionGenerally arrogant means:
having an excessive sense of superiority
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Book4 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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benevolent
1 use
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 42
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blasphemy
3 uses
The government of the Muslim nation monitors major websites for blasphemy.
blasphemy = disrespect of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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consummate
1 use
She is the consummate professional who never lets her personal life intrude on her responsibilities at the office.
consummate = to an extreme degree
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consummate means:
perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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convoluted
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convoluted folds of the brain
I don't know how to untie such a convoluted knot.
convoluted = having complex coils, folds,  and twists
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convoluted means:
having complex coils, folds, twists, or irregularities
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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dexterity
1 use
The study found that video games improve hand dexterity and mental spatial ability.
dexterity = adroitness (skill) — physical and/or mental
DefinitionGenerally dexterity means:
adroitness (skill) — with the hands or mind
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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diffident
1 use
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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hemorrhage
3 uses
A hemorrhage in the brain is common with shaken baby syndrome.
hemorrhage = to bleed excessively
DefinitionGenerally hemorrhage means:
severe bleeding — typically inside the body

or:

figurative use  to describe any rapid loss
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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insolent
5 uses
I don't recommend the hotel. The employees are insolent and unhelpful.
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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partisan
7 uses
I was hoping for a balanced report, but heard only partisan praise.
partisan = coming from someone who strongly supports a person, group, or idea
DefinitionGenerally partisan means:
someone or an adjective describing someone who strongly supports a person, group, or idea
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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peasant
45 uses
Most people in the Middle Ages were peasants.
peasants = an historical term describing people of low income, education, and social standing
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book45 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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reproach
2 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 10
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republic
61 uses
The United States and each of its states are republics.
republics = governmental systems in which a majority of citizens elect representatives to make laws
DefinitionGenerally republic means:
a system of government in which a majority of citizens elect representatives to make laws
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Book61 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = (accepted) something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 30
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sentry
74 uses
She successfully bluffed her way past the sentry.
sentry = person standing guard
DefinitionGenerally sentry means:
someone who stands guard
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Book74 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
stolid
2 uses
She listened to both arguments thoughtfully, but with a face as stolid as a cow's.
stolid = emotionless
DefinitionGenerally stolid means:
having or revealing little emotion — sometimes indicating qualities of not changing or being dependable

or (much more rarely):

of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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treacherous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a scheming, treacherous assistant
That was how she uncovered his treacherous plot.
treacherous = betraying trust
DefinitionGenerally this sense of treacherous means:
guilty of betrayal or deception or likely to betray or deceive
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 35
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