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The House of the Seven Gables

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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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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contrite
1 use
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = sorry
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Book1 use
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 500
1st useChapter 8
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earnest
21 uses
I began training in earnest the summer before high school.
in earnest = in a serious manner
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book21 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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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
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
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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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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fastidious
3 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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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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inevitable
23 uses
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Book23 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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lethargic
1 use
I'm hoping a cold iced tea will help me get past this lethargic feeling.
lethargic = lacking energy
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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mitigate
8 uses
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = serving to make less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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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
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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recluse
8 uses
He became a recluse after his wife passed away.
recluse = someone withdrawn from society (living alone and avoiding contact with others)
DefinitionGenerally recluse means:
someone withdrawn from society (living alone and avoiding contact)
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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recollect
19 uses
I think I recollect that she was away at college that year.
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book19 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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remonstrate
2 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = criticize or argue
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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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 and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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taint
1 use
Three people died from eating the tainted ice cream.
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
Library5 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
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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