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The House of Mirth
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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
The bus came to an abrupt stop.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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acquire
15 uses
Children acquire language at an amazing rate.
acquire = obtain (come into the possession of something)
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.3
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apathy
4 uses
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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assume   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 24 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
I assume it's true
I assume she was at school today, but I don't remember actually seeing her.
assume = accept as true (without proof)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to accept something as true without proof
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.5
Web Links
2  —4 uses as in:
She assumed power
The dictator assumed control of the country at midnight this morning.
assumed = took (power)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
beginning to take power or responsibility
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.9
Web Links
3  —8 uses as in:
She assumed a false identity
She assumed the identify of her victim until the body was found.
assumed = took on (or adopted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to take on (adopt, wear, strike a pose or appearance of) — often while pretending or disguising
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.13
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candid
7 uses
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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complacent
8 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.2
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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deride
7 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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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detach
14 uses
She spoke in a cold, detached manner as though she didn't care about him any more.
detached = emotionally uninvolved (separated from emotions)
DefinitionGenerally detach means:
to separate something from something else (physically or emotionally)
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
Web Links
establish
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.3
Web Links
imply
14 uses
She wouldn't make a direct statement, but she implied that she supported our position.
implied = hinted or suggested
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1.14
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indifferent
14 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
Web Links
indignant
12 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.4
Web Links
indolent
5 uses
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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obligation
25 uses
She feels that helping him is her obligation.
obligation = duty
DefinitionGenerally obligation means:
a duty
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
Web Links
scrupulous
7 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.14
Web Links
sufficient
18 uses
We have sufficient supplies.
sufficient = adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.3
Web Links
zeal
4 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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