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Invisible Man by Ellison

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affirm
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
her actions affirm my concerns
The upper court affirmed the lower court's ruling.
affirmed = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of affirm means:
to demonstrate support or demonstrate the truth of something
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useEpil.
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ambivalent
1 use
Polling indicates the public is ambivalent on the subject. Their opinions change depending upon the latest headlines.
ambivalent = with mixed feelings
DefinitionGenerally ambivalent means:
having mixed feelings about something — such as when part of you wants to do something and part of you does not
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePro.
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anguish
13 uses
I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
anguish = extreme pain
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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Book13 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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belligerent
3 uses
She spoke to her teacher in a belligerent tone and was sent to the office.
belligerent = hostile or combative
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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decorum
5 uses
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = proper manners and conduct
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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denounce
11 uses
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Despair descended upon us.
descended = came suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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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 23
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eloquent
9 uses
Her eloquence is unquestioned even amongst those who disagree with her.
eloquence = powerful use of language
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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eviction
24 uses
The owner evicted the tenants because they didn't pay their rent.
evicted = forced someone to leave their home
DefinitionGenerally eviction means:
the process of forcing someone to leave a place — typically from a home due to non-payment
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Book24 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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futile
5 uses
Resistance is futile.
futile = pointless because it cannot produce anything useful
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
inhibited the growth of...
The drug inhibits the spread of cancer.
inhibits = slows or prevents
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8
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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
They agreed to have her judge the contest because everyone admires her integrity.
integrity = moral principles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of integrity means:
having strong moral principles — especially honesty
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 23
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philanthropy
2 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
She shared a profound way of thinking about the problem.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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2  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = intense (of great emotional depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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refute
1 use
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = argued against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 23
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subtle
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
subtle = making use of slight distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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