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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
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ameliorate
1 use
The drug ameliorates the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
ameliorates = improves (something that is bad)
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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benevolent
2 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 8 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrary to
Contrary to popular belief, the largest pyramid is in Mexico—not Egypt.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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2  —5 uses as in:
on the contrary
She was not smiling. On the contrary, she frowned.
on the contrary = In opposition to what was just said
DefinitionGenerally this sense of on the contrary means:
in opposition to what was just said
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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3  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
What you do speaks so loudly that I cannot hear what you say to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey title to the property
My parents came here from Mexico in 1975. They worked very hard to convey their ethics and values to my sister and me.
convey = give or transfer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
to give or transfer — especially legal title
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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depravity
1 use
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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diligent
2 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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earnest
19 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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Book19 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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epicure
1 use
An epicure in Paris will eventually find her way to this restaurant.
epicure = a person devoted to a refined taste for food
DefinitionGenerally epicure means:
a person who loves fine food and drink
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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 useChapter 8
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incessant
3 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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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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inquire
31 uses
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
inquire = ask about or look into
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
Word Statistics
Book31 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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malevolent
1 use
She tells vicious lies and spreads malevolent rumors.
malevolent = evil
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil:
  • of a person:  wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing:  exerting an evil or harmful influence
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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perpetrator
1 use
The perpetrator has not been captured or identified.
perpetrator = someone who did something wrong or illegal
DefinitionGenerally perpetrator means:
someone who has does something wrong — usually something illegal
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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pious
8 uses
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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prudent
9 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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scrupulous
2 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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trepidation
1 use
She began her first day at the new school with some trepidation.
trepidation = fear or anxiety about what will happen
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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wretch
4 uses
Pity the poor wretch.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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