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abominable
3 uses
She described the abominable treatment of prisoners.
abominable = exceptionally bad
DefinitionGenerally abominable means:
exceptionally bad or detestable
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3, p.18.1
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aesthetic
1 use
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = related to beauty or good taste
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 35, p.279.7
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affectation
1 use
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30, p.235.6
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aphorism
1 use
She often quotes St. Augustine's aphorism, "Love the sinner and hate the sin."
aphorism = short saying intended to impart wisdom
DefinitionGenerally aphorism means:
a short saying intended to impart wisdom
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1st useChapter 34, p.269.2
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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Congress will appropriate funds
The money has been appropriated, but it hasn't yet been spent.
appropriated = set aside for a particular use
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
to set aside for a particular use
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6, p.41.6
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bombastic
1 use
The media relishes her bombastic style.
bombastic = pompous or pretentious talk or writing

(often using difficult words to make something sound more important than it is or to make the speaker sound more intelligent)
DefinitionGenerally bombastic means:
pompous or pretentious talk or writing

(often using difficult words in an attempt to make something sound more important than it is or to make the speaker sound more intelligent)
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.56.5
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convoluted
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convoluted thinking
It's hard to follow her convoluted reasoning.
convoluted = very complex
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convoluted means:
complex — often more complex than necessary
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30, p.227.6
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enigma
1 use
As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26, p.203.1
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explicit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
explicit instructions
She gave us explicit instructions.
explicit = precisely and clearly expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23, p.177.4
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
florid color
Symptoms include loss of concentration and a florid face.
florid = a reddish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 28, p.215.8
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forfeit
2 uses
We had to forfeit the deposit.
forfeit = lose
DefinitionGenerally forfeit means:
to lose or surrender something — often as a penalty
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13, p.86.8
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haughty
4 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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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30, p.226.3
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incessant
2 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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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.95.3
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I'm positive I've seen her before.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book2 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25, p.196.1
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2  —1 use as in:
a positive attitude
With a positive attitude and some effort, I'm sure we can make this work.
positive = optimistic
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
optimistic (expecting or focusing good things); or agreeable
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34, p.265.9
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righteous
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a righteous cause
The extremism is fed by unquestioned belief in the righteousness of their cause.
righteousness = moral correctness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of righteous means:
morally correct; or morally justified

or:

acting or feeling morally superior — especially when it isn't true (this meaning is more typically seen as a compound word beginning with "self-")
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18, p.131.5
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servile
1 use
We expect our waiters to give world-class service, but not to be so servile they sacrifice their human dignity.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.28.9
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supercilious
1 use
I have come to hate her supercilious smile.
supercilious = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally supercilious means:
arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34, p.266.6
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tedious
5 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22, p.160.4
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tithe
2 uses
Although she no longer attends services, she still tithes.
tithes = donates 10% of income to a church
DefinitionGenerally tithe means:
to donate a portion of one's income — especially a tenth of income to a church; or the amount given
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22, p.161.1
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