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abject
18 uses
She grew up in abject poverty; though she didn't know it.
abject = extreme
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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adapt
1 use
Ideas contained in passages for this test, some of which are excerpted or adapted from published material, do not necessarily represent the opinions of the College Board.
adapted = changed (to fit this situation)
DefinitionGenerally adapt means:
change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 20
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appalling
13 uses
The live in appalling conditions.
appalling = shockingly terrible or horrible
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
approached the city
Winter is approaching.
approaching = getting nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library88 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
Perhaps I just need to work harder, but I may need an entirely different approach to the problem.
approach = a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 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
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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deliberate
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
need to deliberate
We deliberated into the evening.
deliberated = thought about or discussed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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establish
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 19
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grave
3 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 23
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infernal
19 uses
Please stop making that infernal noise!
infernal = very annoying
DefinitionGenerally infernal means:
very bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell
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Book19 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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inquiry
23 uses
They created a commission of inquiry to look into the matter.
inquiry = investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
Word Statistics
Book23 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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magistrate
12 uses
The local magistrate insisted on a cash payment for the speeding ticket.
magistrate = judicial official
DefinitionGenerally magistrate means:
a judicial official — in the U.S. typically a judge for minor offenses or preliminary hearings
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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profound
1 use
1  —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 3
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somber
30 uses
Before she said anything, I knew it was bad news from her somber face.
somber = grave or gloomy
DefinitionGenerally somber means:
serious and without cheer — perhaps even gloomy

or:

lacking brightness or color
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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subdue
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
subdue opposition
She was threatening people with a knife, but police used a Taser to subdue her.
subdue = to control or put down by force or intimidation
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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wallow
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
wallow happily in the mud
The pigs wallowed in the large mud puddle.
wallowed = relaxed and perhaps rolled about
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to relax — especially of an animal rolling about in mud or shallow water

or more rarely:  a noun describing the mud puddle or indentation in which an animal relaxes or rolls around
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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wretched
16 uses
The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad, in various senses such as:
  • unfortunate or miserable
  • of poor quality
  • morally bad
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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