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aesthetic
6 uses
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = in a manner that is beautiful or tasteful
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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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16
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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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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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ascetic
3 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useA.N.
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austere
2 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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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Big Brother
1 use
Be careful. Big Brother is watching.
Big Brother = a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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brash
3 uses
A brash newcomer wants to change the way the club operates.
brash = bold or self-confident in a manner that seems disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of brash means:
bold or self-confident in a manner that seems disrespectful or tasteless
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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castigate
3 uses
She praises and castigates without hesitation.
castigates = criticizes severely
DefinitionGenerally castigate means:
to criticize severely
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Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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conjecture
2 uses
She dismissed it as mere conjecture.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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enigma
3 uses
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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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ephemeral
1 use
Her fame was ephemeral.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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1st useChapter 9
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forage
4 uses
forage for firewood
forage = searched for and gathered
DefinitionGenerally forage means:
to search for and gather — often food and provisions
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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gregarious
2 uses
She's gregarious by nature and loves parties.
gregarious = inclined to seek and enjoy the company of others
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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malevolent
2 uses
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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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paucity
1 use
The party had plenty of people, but a paucity of passion.
paucity = an insufficient quantity or number
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
Lower interest rates positively affected home sales.
positively = in a good or beneficial manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
good or beneficial
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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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 12
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sustain   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
sustained by her faith
We sustained ourselves on bread and water.
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
sustained through the ages
For twenty years, the company has sustained its leading position in creating special effects for films.
sustained = continued through time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to continue through time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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