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Harry Potter (#6) and the Half-Blood Prince

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

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apprehend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
apprehend the criminal
Apprehended using an illegal hex upon Bertram Aubrey.†
apprehended = caught
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to capture and arrest someone suspected of breaking the law
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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belligerent
1 use
"How do you spell 'belligerent'?"
belligerent = a word that means "hostile" or "eager to fight"
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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disdain
2 uses
Ron gagged on a large piece of kipper. Hermione spared him one look of disdain before turning back to Harry.
disdain = showing a lack of respect and distaste
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 26
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
I place myself and my talents at your disposal.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 20
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duplicity
1 use
asked Harry, who wanted every detail of Snape's duplicity and infamy, feverishly collecting more reasons to hate him, to swear vengeance.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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eccentric
2 uses
His eyes narrowed slightly as he took in Dumbledore's eccentric appearance.
eccentric = unconventional
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 13
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engender
1 use
envy engenders spite [ill will]
engenders = gives rise to
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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enmity
1 use
Avoiding her gaze, he clapped cheering Ron on the back instead as, all enmity forgotten, the Gryffindor team left the pitch arm in arm, punching the air and waving to their supporters.
enmity = hatred
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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furtive
3 uses
A long way along the table Hermione was sitting alone, playing with her stew. Harry noticed Ron looking at her furtively.
furtively = in a way intended to escape notice
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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haughty
4 uses
To his surprise, Professor Trelawney drew herself up at this suggestion, looking haughty.
haughty = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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inarticulate
1 use
Harry uttered an inarticulate yell of rage: In that instant, he cared not whether he lived or died.
inarticulate = verbally expressing a feeling without words
DefinitionGenerally inarticulate means:
unable to communicate clearly (or to use words)

or (more rarely): a feeling or idea that is not expressed

The exact meaning of inarticulate depends upon its context. For example:
  • unable to find good words to express oneself — as in "She gets inarticulate when she's nervous."
  • verbally expressing a feeling without words — as in "She uttered an inarticulate cry of despair."
  • unable to make oneself heard and understood — as in "She mumbled inarticulately."
  • unable to speak — as in "She was inarticulate with rage."
  • a feeling or idea that is not expressed — as in "We shared an inarticulate fear."
  • inability to express or understand feelings or ideas — as in "She is emotionally inarticulate, " or "Her symphony is inarticulate."
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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ingenious
4 uses
"Yeah, very ingenious, Hermione."
ingenious = showing cleverness and originality
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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morose
3 uses
"I had him from an egg, yeh know," said Hagrid morosely.
morosely = with great sadness
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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ominous
7 uses
His powers, as you heard, were surprisingly well-developed for such a young wizard and — most interestingly and ominously of all — he had already discovered that he had some measure of control over them
ominously = foreshadowing evil
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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persistent
2 uses
The Prime Minister did not know what to say to this, but a persistent habit of wishing to appear well-informed on any subject that came up made him cast around for any details he could remember of their previous conversations.
persistent = continuing
DefinitionGenerally persistent means:
continuing — especially despite difficulties or opposition
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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pretense
4 uses
Nobody seemed to find Scrimgeour's pretense that he did not know Harry's name convincing,
pretense = a false appearance or action to help one pretend
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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remonstrate
1 use
Hermione's remonstration was drowned by a loud giggle; Lavender Brown had apparently found Ron's remark highly amusing.
remonstration = argument in protest or opposition

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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resolute
5 uses
He pushed past Harry, his face turned resolutely away with the air of a man trying to resist temptation.
resolutely = firm in purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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scrutiny
3 uses
Dumbledore moved carefully into the middle of the room, scrutinizing the wreckage at his feet.
scrutinizing = looking very carefully at

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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speculate
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
He, Ron, and Hermione spent the whole of break speculating on what Dumbledore would teach Harry.
speculating = wondering or guessing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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