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Harry Potter (#2) and the Chamber of Secrets

Extra Credit Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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abject
1 use
As the world grows more affluent, our definition of abject poverty changes.
abject = extreme
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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amble
2 uses
An old woman was ambling across the street.
ambling = walking slowly or leisurely
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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apprehensive
2 uses
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried
DefinitionGenerally apprehensive means:
worried over possible misfortune
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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buoyant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
buoyant personality
People like to work with her because of her buoyant personality.
buoyant = cheerful and optimistic
DefinitionGenerally this sense of buoyant means:
characterized by cheerfulness and optimism; or a tendency to maintain or quickly recover cheerfulness and optimism after setbacks
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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conjure
3 uses
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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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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docile
1 use
It is a gentle old horse, docile and obedient.
docile = easily led or managed
DefinitionGenerally docile means:
easily led or managed — perhaps submissive or well-behaved
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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flout
1 use
The current enforcement policy encourages people to flout the law.
flout = openly disregard
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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forgery
1 use
The painting is a forgery.
forgery = a fake (a copy meant to look like the original)
DefinitionGenerally forgery means:
something that is represented as real even though it is a fake; or the making of such a fake item
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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gullible
1 use
She looks for gullible tourists who are easily separated from their money.
gullible = easily tricked because of being too trusting
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I climbed down the incline.
incline = something that is at an angle (in this case, probably sloping land)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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incredulous
3 uses
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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manor
5 uses
She inherited the manor, but seldom visited it.
manor = a large house and the land around it
DefinitionGenerally manor means:
a large house of a lord or wealthy person; or the house and the land around it
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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ominous
2 uses
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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perturb
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she was perturbed
She is not perturbed by attacks from a hostile press.
perturbed = disturbed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perturb means:
to disturb in mind or make uneasy
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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repute
1 use
Neighbors complained that it was a house of ill repute.
repute = the state of one's reputation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of repute means:
the state of one's reputation — can be high/good or low/bad
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
I know you're unhappy there, but don't submit your resignation until you find a better job.
resignation = a document expressing that someone is quitting a job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 12
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2  —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 15
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torpor
1 use
She fell into a deep torpor.
torpor = lethargy (a state of lazy inactivity)
DefinitionGenerally torpor means:
in people:  inactivity resulting from lethargy and lack of vigor or energy

or:

in animals:  a condition of biological rest or suspended animation — (could be in the evening, during the cold, or as in a dormant state all winter)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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tumult
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
couldn't hear over the tumult
The announcement was greeted with such a tumult that the speaker couldn't be heard.
tumult = loud disorderly noise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
loud noise — usually created by an unrestrained crowd or some kind of confusion
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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