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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
Melanie stopped speaking and abruptly the anger left her face and sorrow swamped it.
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.55
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bewilder
64 uses
She had set her feet upon that road a spoiled, selfish and untried girl, full of youth, warm of emotion, easily bewildered by life.
bewildered = very confused
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book64 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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censure
2 uses
And what fun to eat all you wanted without having censorious people say you weren't ladylike.
censorious = critical
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.48
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clergy
1 use
They ran the three churches to which they belonged, the clergy, the choirs and the parishioners.
clergy = formal religious leaders (typically in Christianity)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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conciliatory
1 use
New Atlanta liked Rhett no better than old Atlanta had done and he made as little attempt to conciliate the one as he had the other.
conciliate = end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.49
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contempt
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Now he was gone and she was married to a man she not only did not love but for whom she had an active contempt.
contempt = a 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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Book8 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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deride
1 use
smiling not in derision but in genuine amusement and kindness.
derision = disrespect — typically while laughing at or making fun of
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.57
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diligent
3 uses
where Ellen had labored so diligently
diligently = carefully and persistently
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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endure
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
endured the pain
Gradually, Scarlett drew courage from the brave faces of her friends and from the merciful adjustment which nature makes when what cannot be cured must be endured.
endured = suffered through (or put up with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book10 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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expedient
1 use
Surely they must know that she didn't like Governor Bullock any more than they did but that it was expedient to be nice to him.
expedient = practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.49
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heresy
4 uses
But at this moment, heresy though it was, she could not help thinking the Yankees were right on this one matter, even if wrong in all others.
heresy = an opinion most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.13
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indignant
97 uses
She only felt a furious surge of indignation that he should think her such a fool.
indignation = anger at being wronged
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book97 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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indolent
4 uses
Where he had once been lounging and indolent, he was now as alert as a prowling cat,
indolent = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.34
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innumerable
1 use
She had fussed over him and planned special dishes for him and coddled him during his innumerable colds.
innumerable = too numerous to be counted
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.47
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minuteness
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
They had been hidden in his room in the cellar and he had examined them minutely.†
minutely = with careful attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.22
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mockery
45 uses
He stood aside and bowed her through the door with a mockery that made her wince.
mockery = ridicule
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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Book45 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.23
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ostentatious
4 uses
Women who had ostentatiously crossed the street when they saw Belle coming, wondered if she remembered and trembled for fear she did.
ostentatiously = in a showy way (in an attempt to attract notice)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.46
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remonstrate
1 use
But none of them had the courage to remonstrate with him.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.42
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reticent
3 uses
This was the answer to Ashley's reticence,
reticence = reluctance (in this case to declare love for her)
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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zeal
2 uses
I'm afraid your Uncle Henry has a black eye due to Mr. Merriwether's zeal for his part.
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.25
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