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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 = lessens (something that is bad)
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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anxiety
12 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally anxiety means:
nervousness or worry
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Book12 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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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
SAT®*top 1000
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 = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Library5 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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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 = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Library2 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 this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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earnest
19 uses
I began training in earnest the summer before high school.
in earnest = in a serious manner
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book19 uses
Library19 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
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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incessant
3 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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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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inquire
32 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
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Book32 uses
Library19 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
2 uses
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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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scrupulous
2 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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stagnate
1 use
We don't want the economy to stagnate.
stagnate = stay still or not develop
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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trepidation
1 use
She began her first day at the new school with some trepidation.
trepidation = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
nervousness (fear or anxiety about what will happen)
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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