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abstruse
2 uses
The professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them.
abstruse = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally abstruse means:
difficult to understand; or not known by the great majority of people
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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apathy
1 use
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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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benevolent
13 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book13 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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calamity
14 uses
The whole country was affected by the calamity of 9/11.
calamity = disastrous event
DefinitionGenerally calamity means:
a disastrous event; or the distress resulting from it
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Book14 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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contrite
1 use
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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diffuse
11 uses
When the United States focused on terrorism, the movement went further underground and became more diffuse.
diffuse = spread out
DefinitionGenerally diffuse means:
to spread; or to soften or calm

or:

to be spread out (not concentrated) — sometimes implying a lack or organization or the use of too many words
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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dilatory
1 use
They are resorting to every dilatory tactic at their disposal to slow the investigation.
dilatory = slowing
DefinitionGenerally dilatory means:
slow; or causing or tending to delay things
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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disparage
1 use
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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establish
10 uses
1  —10 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
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Book10 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2
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expedient
2 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
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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fastidious
3 uses
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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inchoate
1 use
Currently, I have only a vague inchoate idea of what I want to do, but I expect to have a specific plan before my senior year.
inchoate = only partly in existence; or imperfectly formed
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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lethargic
1 use
Large lunches make me feel lethargic in the afternoon.
lethargic = lacking energy
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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mitigate
7 uses
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = making less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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obsequious
1 use
In the film, Pretty Woman, Julia Roberts character loved being served by obsequious sales clerks.
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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ostentatious
3 uses
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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remonstrate
2 uses
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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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scrupulous
8 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)
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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taint
1 use
Authorities said the milk was tainted with rat poison.
tainted = spoiled or contaminated
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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zeal
5 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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