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bronze
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a bronze tan
She might have been any age from thirty to sixty, so unlined was her immobile bronze face.
bronze = suntanned
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown color like that of one of the metals with the same name — often used to refer to a suntan or a dark glowing complexion
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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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 for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book8 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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defer
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
It had taken all of Melanie's diplomacy to persuade them to defer their decision.
defer = postpone (put off until the future)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.45
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
descend
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
thieves descended upon us
She knew that she and Frank were already in the Yankees' black books, because of Tony, and disaster might descend on them at any hour.†
descend = come suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
Then she hastily blundered into the opening bars of "Jacket of Gray" and stopped with a discord as she remembered how heartrending that selection was too.
discord = unpleasant sound
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.17
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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
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.34
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
inhibited the growth of...
But of course, in all her conversations with Ashley there were so many things which could not be said, for honor's sake, that the sheer force of them inhibited other remarks.†
inhibited = limited or prevented
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4.38
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 10 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
it obscured my view
Whisky was showing in his face and the hard line of his long jaw was being obscured under an unhealthy bloat and puffs rising under his bloodshot eyes.
obscured = made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.14
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2  —1 use as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Unashamed of how he came by his fortune, he pretended that they, too, were unashamed of their beginnings and he seldom missed an opportunity to remark upon matters which, by common consent, everyone felt were better left in polite obscurity.
obscurity = hiding (the state of being hidden—not seen or discussed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5.49
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3  —3 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The war had definitely established the importance of Atlanta in the affairs of the South and the hitherto obscure town was now known far and wide.
obscure = not known by many people; or undistinguished
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.12
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obstinate
19 uses
You know how obstinate men are when they get their backs up.
obstinate = stubborn
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book19 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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prominent
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a prominent politician
Twelve of the town's most prominent citizens revealed as habitual frequenters of Belle Watling's sporting house!†
prominent = well-known or important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
well-known or important — especially of a person who is respected
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.37
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scrupulous
11 uses
It was so obvious that we were meant for each other.  So obvious that I was the only man of your acquaintance who could love you after knowing you as you really are—hard and greedy and unscrupulous, like me.
unscrupulous = unethical

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unscrupulous means not and reverses the meaning of scrupulous. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4.37
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siege
48 uses
Vicksburg had fallen, fallen after a long and bitter siege,
siege = a military tactic in which a fortified place is surrounded and isolated while it is attacked over time
DefinitionGenerally siege means:
a military tactic in which a fortified place is surrounded and isolated while it is attacked over time

or:

any prolonged attack, effort, or period of trouble
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Book48 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.17
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
somber colors
High up on the plateau at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains, she saw rolling red hills wherever she looked, with huge outcroppings of the underlying granite and gaunt pines towering somberly everywhere.†
somberly = darkly (lacking brightness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
lacking brightness or color — perhaps gloomy
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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speculative
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a speculative look or mind
Rhett watched the train until it was out of sight and on his face there was a look of speculative bitterness that was not pleasant.
speculative = thoughtful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculative means:
showing, engaged in, or having a tendency of curiosity or deep thought
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.50
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wallow   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
wallow happily in the mud
It was an enormous bottomless trough in which the hogs could swill and wallow.
wallow = relax
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to relax — especially of an animal rolling about in mud or shallow water

or more rarely:  a noun describing the mud puddle or indentation in which an animal relaxes or rolls around
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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2  —1 use as in:
a wagon wallowed through the mud
There seemed to be just as many vehicles wallowing in the mud holes as there had been then, except that there were no Confederate ambulances,
wallowing = moving with difficulty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to move with difficulty; or perhaps just to move through water or in a rolling/wave-like manner
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.33
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
There had been nothing to eat except milk since breakfast, for the yams were exhausted and Pork's snares and fishlines had yielded nothing.†
yielded = produced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.26
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2  —7 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Mrs. Meade was disobedient for the first time in her married life and flatly refused to yield to the doctor's command that she take the train to safety.†
yield = give in, give way, or give up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.38
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