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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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 36
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anarchy
2 uses
It's not the government I want, but it's better than anarchy.
anarchy = the complete absence of political authority
DefinitionGenerally anarchy means:
the complete absence of political authority; or more generally, complete absence of order
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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arrogant
4 uses
She is rude and arrogant.
arrogant = having an excessive sense of superiority
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Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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clemency
1 use
He petitioned the Governor for clemency.
clemency = mercy
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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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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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 — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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contrite
2 uses
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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convoluted
1 use
It's hard to follow her convoluted reasoning.
convoluted = very complex
DefinitionGenerally convoluted means:
highly complex or intricate
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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desultory
1 use
He jumped from job to job in a desultory manner until he met Mary.
desultory = lacking plan or purpose; or half-hearted
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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formidable
4 uses
She is a formidable opponent.
formidable = intimidating or impressive
DefinitionGenerally formidable means:
intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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
Library6 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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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peasant
45 uses
Most people in the Middle Ages were peasants.
peasants = used historically: 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
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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republic
61 uses
The United States and each of its states are republics.
republics = systems of government in which a majority of citizens elect representatives to make governmental decisions
DefinitionGenerally republic means:
a system of government in which a majority of citizens elect representatives to make governmental decisions
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Book61 uses
Library8 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 = having 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
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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stolid
2 uses
She listened to both arguments thoughtfully, but with a face as stolid as a cow's.
stolid = revealing little emotion
DefinitionGenerally stolid means:
having or revealing little emotion — often thinking slowly

or:

of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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treacherous
5 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
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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volition
3 uses
She left the company of her own volition.
volition = will (done consciously and voluntarily without being forced or threatened)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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