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Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

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apparent
10 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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chaos
4 uses
The country entered a period of civil war and chaos.
chaos = extreme confusion and disorder
DefinitionGenerally chaos means:
a state of extreme confusion and disorder
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Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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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condescending
2 uses
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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1st useChapter 7
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decorum
1 use
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = proper manners and conduct
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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1st useChapter 16
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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
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1st useChapter 15
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discern
2 uses
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = notice or see (something that is not obvious)
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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emerge
6 uses
China recently emerged as a world power.
emerged = came out (became)
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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1st useChapter 17
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facetious
1 use
I trust you didn't take her facetious remarks seriously.
facetious = trivially humorous
DefinitionGenerally facetious means:
trivial humor
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1st useChapter 9
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
florid color
Symptoms include loss of concentration and a florid face.
florid = a reddish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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forbearance
1 use
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
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1st useChapter 3
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gesticulate
1 use
The moderator turned her microphone off, leaving us to see her gesticulations, but not hear her words.
gesticulations = gestures (hand or body movements) made while speaking or to express something

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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1st useChapter 7
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inevitable
4 uses
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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nonchalant
1 use
I could tell she was nervous, but she was trying to look nonchalant.
nonchalant = calm and unconcerned
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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obstinate
1 use
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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1st useChapter 2
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ostentatious
1 use
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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1st useChapter 14
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precipitate
2 uses
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(adj) as in: a precipitate decision
Think about this. Don't make a precipitate decision.
precipitate = sudden (without adequate thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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1st useChapter 1
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prodigious
2 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
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1st useChapter 6
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pugnacious
1 use
Nicknamed, "The Pit Bull", he is known as a pugnacious supporter of workers' rights.
pugnacious = quick to fight or argue
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1st useChapter 11
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zeal
1 use
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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