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Extra Credit Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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abysmal
1 use
The refugee camp has abysmal living conditions.
abysmal = very bad
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17, p.307.5
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bias
1 use
Everyone knows she is too biased to act as an impartial judge.
biased = has a prejudice that prevents objective consideration
DefinitionGenerally bias means:
a personal preference — especially a prejudice that prevents objective consideration

or:

any tendency to move in a particular direction — such as a car that tends to want to swerve toward the right
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13, p.221.4
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chivalry
1 use
Ideas of chivalry were popularized in medieval literature.
chivalry = the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak
DefinitionGenerally chivalry means:
the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak

or:

courtesy — especially of men towards women
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.118.1
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conjure
1 use
She fears his black magic will conjure up evil spirits.
conjure = summon into action or bring into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11, p.181.6
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
The Geneva Convention
The European Convention on Human Rights binds about 50 European countries.
convention = written international agreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a written international agreement
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14, p.230.9
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cower
1 use
She cowered in fear.
cowered = showed fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
DefinitionGenerally cower means:
show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.49.8
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cunning
1 use
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = clever and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.118.4
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diversion
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a diversion to draw troops away
The attack on the capital was actually a diversion to draw troops away from the port city.
diversion = distraction (from something more important)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diversion means:
a distraction — something that draws someone's attention so they don't notice something else
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11, p.183.5
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dumfounded
1 use
She was beyond surprised. She was dumbfounded.
dumbfounded = too surprised to know what to say or do
DefinitionGenerally dumfounded means:
very surprised - often too surprised to know what to say or do
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.107.9
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gaunt
1 use
She looked gaunt from the chemotherapy.
gaunt = very thin
DefinitionGenerally gaunt means:
very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.124.7
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heed
1 use
Heed the advice of the old women.
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.72.9
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meddle
2 uses
She's always meddling in other people's business.
meddling = interfering (getting involved where not wanted)
DefinitionGenerally meddle means:
interfere (in another's affairs or business); or handle (something that shouldn't be handled)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.246.6
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pliable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pliable material
It is more pliable when it's heated.
pliable = capable of being bent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pliable means:
capable of being bent (or perhaps shaped) without breaking
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.82.9
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sallow
1 use
She looks sallow and unhealthy.
sallow = with a pale or yellow complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sallow means:
an unhealthy pale of yellowish complexion; or to cause such a complexion
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7, p.126.3
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serpent
2 uses
There was a picture of a serpent eating its tail.
serpent = snake
DefinitionGenerally serpent means:
a snake
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17, p.304.6
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stoke
1 use
She took it upon herself to stoke the campfire whenever it began to dim.
stoke = add fuel or stir a fire to make it burn hotter
DefinitionGenerally stoke means:
to add fuel or stir a fire to make it burn hotter; or to make feelings stronger
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14, p.233.9
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subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
subtle = making use of slight distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8, p.136.9
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supple
1 use
Yoga keeps my body supple.
supple = moving and bending easily
DefinitionGenerally supple means:
moving and bending easily — sometimes used figuratively to indicate mental flexibility when adapting to different conditions
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.84.9
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transfigure
1 use
Her face was transfigured by a smile.
transfigured = completely changed
DefinitionGenerally transfigure means:
change completely the nature or appearance of — especially in a positive way
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16, p.284.3
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wizened
1 use
She was a wizened old woman with gray hair.
wizened = thin and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17, p.308.1
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