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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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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
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.4.2
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bourgeois
52 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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Book52 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 = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9.5
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descend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
descend the mountain
We saw the rocket descend.
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7.8
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.2.3
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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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.7.6
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dissemble
1 use
After the primaries, she will dissemble her past statements to appear more moderate in her beliefs.
dissemble = be deceptive about
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.10.5
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eclectic
1 use
The home is furnished with a tasteful and eclectic collection of furniture.
eclectic = a distinctive mix of styles
DefinitionGenerally eclectic means:
a distinctive mix of styles or ideas selected from various sources

or:  

one who selects a distinctive mix of styles or ideas rather than adopting a common set from a single source
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1.3
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edifice
98 uses
The corporation was housed in an imposing edifice.
edifice = a building — especially a large one
DefinitionGenerally edifice means:
a building — especially a large one

or:

a conceptual or organizational framework
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Book98 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2.2
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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
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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
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book29 uses
Library5 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 the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book152 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1.1
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.9.4
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recluse
52 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)
Word Statistics
Book52 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6.2
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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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succession
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
a succession of events
She survived a succession of catastrophes.
succession = series (one after the other)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1.5
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venerate
2 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7.2
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.2.4
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2  —5 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2.6
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