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audacious
11 uses
It was an audacious act of piracy.
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3.1
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augment
3 uses
Our school district hired a new counselor to augment our college counseling service.
augment = enlarge or increase
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1.3
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austere
7 uses
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.4.2
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bourgeois
48 uses
Our lifestyle upsets their bourgeois sensibilities.
bourgeois = typical middle class
DefinitionGenerally bourgeois means:
typical of the middle class or their values and habits - typically used disapprovingly

or (in Marxist theory):

typical of the property-owning class
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Book48 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2.6
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capricious
12 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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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9.5
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complacent
1 use
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.8.3
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.9.4
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denounce
4 uses
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11.1
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deride
8 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
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1.1
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disdain
17 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.7.6
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heresy
4 uses
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5.2
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impetuous
4 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1.2
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incessant
29 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book29 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1.1
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Monsieur
152 uses
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to Mr. in English

or:

French equivalent to sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
Word Statistics
Book152 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1.1
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
She finally perceived the futility of her protest.
perceived = viewed in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.6.3
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2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = become aware of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.9.1
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pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9.4
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
She shared a profound way of thinking about the problem.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11.1
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2  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9.3
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sagacious
4 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7.2
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