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ameliorate
3 uses
The drug ameliorates the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
ameliorates = improves (something that is bad)
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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censure
1 use
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.14
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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 2.8
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depravity
1 use
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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diligent
7 uses
She's the kind of diligent worker we want to hire.
diligent = showing hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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erudite
1 use
She is an erudite professor.
erudite = having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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establish
5 uses
1  —5 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
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Book5 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.14
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expedient
1 use
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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.14
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fastidious
1 use
He is fastidious in his grooming.
fastidious = giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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heresy
1 use
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.14
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indifferent
13 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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Book13 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.6
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perspicacity
1 use
Such legislation would require perspicacity all too rare in the congress.
perspicacity = intelligence
DefinitionGenerally perspicacity means:
intelligence — especially the ability to quickly assess situations and make good decisions
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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remonstrate
1 use
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.14
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.11
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scrupulous
1 use
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.7
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servile
1 use
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
servile = excessively submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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venerate
2 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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