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Harry Potter (#6) and the Half-Blood Prince
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austere
1 use
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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demented
2 uses
Stay away from her. She's dangerous and demented.
demented = insane (crazy)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demented means:
acting crazy

or:

suffering from cognitive dementia (mental deterioration)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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deride
2 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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disdain
2 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 26
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disparate
1 use
We discussed disparate ideas.
disparate = very different
DefinitionGenerally disparate means:
very different — often referring to a collection of very different elements such as a group of very different people
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1st useChapter 18
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duplicity
1 use
I trust her. Duplicity isn't in her nature or her tool kit.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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1st useChapter 29
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efficacious
1 use
The drug is safe and efficacious.
efficacious = effective in producing an intended effect
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1st useChapter 22
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furtive
3 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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haughty
4 uses
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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inarticulate
1 use
She becomes inarticulate when she's nervous.
inarticulate = unable to express herself clearly
DefinitionGenerally inarticulate means:
unable to communicate clearly (or to use words) in various senses such as:
  • unable to find good words to express oneself — "She gets nervous and inarticulate whenever he's around."
  • verbally expressing a feeling without words — "She uttered an inarticulate cry of despair."
  • unable to make oneself heard and understood — "She mumbled inarticulately."
  • unable to speak — "She was inarticulate with rage."


or (more rarely): a feeling or idea that is not expressed — as in "We shared an inarticulate fear."
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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ingenious
4 uses
It was an ingenious solution to the problem—as reliable as it was easy.
ingenious = showing inventiveness and skill
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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morose
3 uses
She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
morose = unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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persistent
2 uses
She has a persistent cough.
persistent = continuing
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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pretense
4 uses
The country maintains a pretense of a free press.
pretense = an appearance to help pretend
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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procure
4 uses
She said the Air Force lacks the funds to procure maintenance equipment it needs.
procure = get by special effort
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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remonstrate
1 use
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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1st useChapter 9
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reprove
3 uses
She's the kind of boss who reproves in private and praises in public.
reproves = criticizes
DefinitionGenerally reprove means:
to express disapproval of one's actions to them
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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resolute
5 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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surreptitious
5 uses
She stole a surreptitious glance at him.
surreptitious = done secretly or in a manner that avoids notice
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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sycophant
1 use
He was a sycophant to Stalin.
sycophant = a person who tries to flatter or please someone in authority in order to gain personal advantage
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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