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affirm
15 uses
Maria affirmed that she has complete faith in the other members of the team.
affirmed = expressed a firm belief
DefinitionGenerally affirm means:
a firm statement that something is true

or:

expressing emotional support or encouragement for someone
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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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 — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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decorum
5 uses
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
Word Statistics
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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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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 or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
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
1st useChapter 16
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dispossess
31 uses
In the countersuit she charged that the lenders were conspiring to dispossess her of her property.
dispossess = to take away possession of something — especially real estate
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Book31 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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diversity
3 uses
Diversity has strengthened our Board of Directors.
diversity = the condition of variety
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useEpil.
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eloquent
9 uses
Her eloquence is unquestioned even amongst those who disagree with her.
eloquence = the powerful use of language
DefinitionGenerally eloquent means:
powerful use of language
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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eviction
20 uses
The landlord evicted the tenants after they had not paid the rent for four months.
evicted = to force someone to leave — typically from the place they have lived, and typically due to non-payment
DefinitionGenerally eviction means:
to force someone to leave — typically from the place they have lived due to non-payment
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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exhort
27 uses
I have exhorted and encouraged her, but it has to be her decision.
exhorted = urged strongly
DefinitionGenerally exhort means:
to urge strongly
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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extol
1 use
She extolled passage of the law as a victory for all Americans.
extolled = praised, glorified, or honored
DefinitionGenerally extol means:
praise, glorify, or honor
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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futile
5 uses
It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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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 = having strong moral principles — especially honesty
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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
Word Statistics
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 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 = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
Web Links
refute
1 use
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = proved or argued that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or argue that something is false
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
Web Links
superfluous
2 uses
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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suppress
9 uses
The dictator suppressed criticism in the press.
suppressed = kept or tried to keep under control
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control — in many senses such as:
  • to stop others from doing something by force
  • to keep something from happening
  • to keep news from spreading
  • to control an emotion
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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