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Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix

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contempt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = 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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24
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convey
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
She dresses to convey a sense of a successful, no-nonsense woman.
convey = communicate or express
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 35
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desist
1 use
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to not do something
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
The passage is primarily about establishing the relationship between the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere and global temperature.
establishing = showing or demonstrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 32
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grindstone
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
back to the grindstone
I need to get back to the grindstone.
grindstone = hard work
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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inquisitor
31 uses
15th century inquisitors were on the lookout for witches.
inquisitors = a questioner who is excessively harsh
DefinitionGenerally inquisitor means:
a questioner who is excessively harsh

or:

an officer of the Inquisition
Word Statistics
Book31 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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lockjaw
1 use
The Masai guide said members of his tribe have a gap cut between their front teeth so that nutrients cam be consumed in the event of lockjaw (tetanus).
lockjaw = a deadly bacterial infection that results in a spasm of the jaw muscles so that the jaw remains tightly closed
DefinitionGenerally lockjaw means:
a bacterial infection typically contracted through a puncture wound with a dirty object; causes a spasm of the jaw muscles so that the jaw remains tightly closed; prevented by the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine and by subsequent booster shots every 10 years
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
malevolent
7 uses
She tells vicious lies and spreads malevolent rumors.
malevolent = evil
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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passage
1 use
Each passage below is followed by a number of questions.
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18
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prominent   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a prominent politician
She is a prominent member of our community.
prominent = well-known and respected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
well-known or important — especially of a person who is respected
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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2  —2 uses as in:
a prominent jaw
The skull resembles that of modern humans, but was smaller with a sloped forehead, larger teeth, and a prominent jaw.
prominent = protruding (sticking out)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
sticking out and easily noticed
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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remonstrate
1 use
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = criticize or argue
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 19
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 28
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servile
1 use
We expect our waiters to give world-class service, but not to be so servile they sacrifice their human dignity.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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stagnate
1 use
We don't want the economy to stagnate.
stagnate = stay still or not develop
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
sultry = hot and humid
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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supercilious
2 uses
I have come to hate her supercilious smile.
supercilious = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally supercilious means:
arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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taciturn
1 use
She is taciturn by nature, but people like her once they get to know her.
taciturn = with a tendency to be reserved and not to talk
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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