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apathy
8 uses
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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arbitrary
1 use
It was an arbitrary decision.
arbitrary = based on chance or impulse
DefinitionGenerally arbitrary means:
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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ascend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
ascend the mountain
We saw the rocket ascend.
ascend = move upward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ascend means:
to move or slope upward — sometimes figuratively as when climbing the corporate ladder
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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complacent
1 use
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 25
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conciliatory
1 use
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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correspond
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
The girls are using a simple code where "1" corresponds to "A", "2" to "B" and so on for each of the 26 letters of the alphabet.
corresponds = is equivalent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16
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credulous
3 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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deride
1 use
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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digress
1 use
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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disparage
1 use
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 19
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duplicity
1 use
I trust her. Duplicity isn't in her nature or her tool kit.
duplicity = deception
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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emulate
4 uses
It wasn't just that she copied her older sister's hairstyle. She tried to emulate her in every way.
emulate = imitate (copy)
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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expedient
9 uses
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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furtive
3 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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obstinate
5 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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pious
7 uses
1  —7 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
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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prodigal
1 use
The rainforest is filled with a prodigal variety of vegetation.
prodigal = abundant (many, many kinds)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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sagacious
14 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book14 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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waive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
waive the discussion
Let's waive discussion on the topic until she can join us.
waive = not engage in
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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zeal
6 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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