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blithe
5 uses
She spoke with blithe ignorance of the true situation.
blithe = carefree and happy
DefinitionGenerally blithe means:
carefree and happy — often unaware of or ignoring something that should be of concern
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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condemn
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
was condemned to life in prison
The murderer was condemned to death by injection.
condemned = legally sentenced (to punishment)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court (and sometimes to death)

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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daunt
3 uses
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
deride
2 uses
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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devious
1 use
It is a devious plan.
devious = deceitful and clever
DefinitionGenerally this sense of devious means:
deceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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disconcerting
3 uses
It was disconcerting to realize the experts don't really understand what is going on either.
disconcerting = disturbing
DefinitionGenerally disconcerting means:
disrupt composure — such as to confuse or worry
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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doleful
1 use
It was another year of a doleful Detroit economy.
doleful = very sad; or causing sadness or misfortune
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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forbearance
2 uses
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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heed
7 uses
Heed the advice of the old women.
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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impudent
2 uses
She is an impudent girl given to insulting strangers.
impudent = improperly bold or disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
muse
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her musings
He mused aloud about the afternoon's developments.
mused = reflected (thought) deeply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
Web Links
pious
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
prodigious
3 uses
As a child, Mozart had a prodigious talent.
prodigious = enormous
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
Web Links
remorse
4 uses
There was no sign of remorse until the police caught her.
remorse = regret for doing something wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
reproach
3 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 24
Web Links
scarcity
32 uses
There is a scarcity of work in the region.
scarcity = shortage
DefinitionGenerally scarcity means:
shortage (having an amount that is less than desired)
Word Statistics
Book32 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
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)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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