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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
The bus came to an abrupt stop.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.8
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affectation
2 uses
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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1st useScene 3.6
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amiable
3 uses
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.8
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audible
5 uses
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
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1st useScene 3.9
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condone
2 uses
Such behavior is permitted, but we certainly don't condone it.
condone = accept without criticism; or approve of
DefinitionGenerally condone means:
to accept (a specific bad behavior) without criticism

or:

to approve of (a specific behavior that is typically considered bad)
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1st useScene 2.2
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 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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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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contract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
She signed the contract.
contract = a written agreement that is enforceable by law
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.1
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deference
2 uses
They changed their strategy in deference to the President's wishes.
deference = respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 2.1
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diffident
1 use
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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1st useScene 3.3
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discreet
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
discreet--not showy or gossipy
I leave my phone on silent mode, so it can alert me discreetly when I receive a text message.
discreetly = in a manner that is unlikely to attract attention
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discreet means:
trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
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1st useScene 2.1
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disdain
1 use
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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.1
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dubious
1 use
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 3.1
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grave
3 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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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 2.2
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indolent
2 uses
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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1st useScene 3.3
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lament
11 uses
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Book11 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useScene 1.1
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prescribe
4 uses
The doctor prescribed an antibiotic for the infection.
prescribed = gave medical instructions instructing that the patient should take
DefinitionGenerally prescribe means:
of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should have antibiotics

or:

to recommend — especially with expertise

or:

to require by rule
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
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reproach
4 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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serene
3 uses
While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
serenely = calmly and peacefully
DefinitionGenerally serene means:
calm and untroubled
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Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.7
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.10
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vendor
6 uses
My school is looking for a new vendor to provide food and service in the cafeteria.
vendor = someone who sells a good or service
DefinitionGenerally vendor means:
someone who sells goods or services
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.1
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