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capricious
2 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 11
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censure
7 uses
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 17
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chaos
6 uses
The country entered a period of civil war and chaos.
chaos = a state of extreme confusion and disorder
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Book6 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 12
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contempt
6 uses
1  —6 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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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 16
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descend
13 uses
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move or slope downward

or:

come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor

or:

come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
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Book13 uses
Library33 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 6
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despise
10 uses
She despises the people he has to work for.
despises = strongly dislikes
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to strongly dislike — and often to look down upon with disrespect
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Book10 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 7
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earnest
8 uses
Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book8 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePart 12
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eccentric
2 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 33
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 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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Book3 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st usePart 16
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furtive
4 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 11
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grave
14 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Book14 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePart 8
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haughty
5 uses
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 4
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imply
9 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
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Book9 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st usePart 25
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indifferent
9 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)
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Book9 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 11
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inevitable
7 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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Book7 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePart 3
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latent
5 uses
She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 2
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lucid
2 uses
Although she was on heavy pain medication, she was still lucid.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 16
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ominous
6 uses
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 11
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ostentatious
2 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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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 44
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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 usePart 34
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