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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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acquiesce
10 uses
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly accept
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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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
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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 really knowing for sure)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of assume means:
to accept something as true without proof
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library67 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.5
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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
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.9
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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
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Book8 uses
Library33 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.13
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candid
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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complacent
8 uses
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
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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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
in consonance with
Her thinking is not consonant with the deeply held beliefs of those who elected her.
consonant = in keeping with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
in keeping with (or consistent with, or in harmony with)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.14
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convention
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
conventional behavior
It was once conventional wisdom that the earth is flat.
conventional = normal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.3
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deride
7 uses
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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establish
8 uses
1  —8 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
Book8 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.3
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expedient
10 uses
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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fastidious
11 uses
She is fastidious in her work.
fastidious = careful and attentive to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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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
Library16 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, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.9
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obligation
25 uses
She feels that helping him is her obligation.
obligation = duty
DefinitionGenerally obligation means:
a duty
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Book25 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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scrupulous
7 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.14
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sufficient
18 uses
We have sufficient supplies.
sufficient = adequate (enough)
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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Book18 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.3
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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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