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The Martian Chronicles

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bewilder
4 uses
Some of their customs can bewilder travelers.
bewilder = confuse
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book4 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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cadence
1 use
The sound of the waves crashing on the shore had a comforting cadence.
cadence = rhythm or recurring pattern
DefinitionGenerally cadence means:
rhythm or recurring pattern of sounds or movements
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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cease
8 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Book8 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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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 4
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disconcerting
1 use
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
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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inevitable
1 use
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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Book1 use
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 16
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innocuous
1 use
She made some innocuous comments while being careful not to hurt anyone's feelings.
innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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inquire
6 uses
Students should contact our office to inquire about scholarship opportunities.
inquire = ask about or look into
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Book6 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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insolent
1 use
I don't recommend the hotel. The employees are insolent and unhelpful.
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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metamorphosis
1 use
the metamorphosis of the old house into something new and exciting
metamorphosis = a complete transformation or change
DefinitionGenerally metamorphosis means:
a complete change; or more specifically, the rapid transformation of a larva into an adult that occurs in some insects
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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olfactory
2 uses
Dogs bred for scent-based tasks have higher olfactory capacities than other dogs.
olfactory = relating to the sense of smell
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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parched
1 use
Nothing will grow in this parched soil.
parched = dried out
DefinitionGenerally parched means:
dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; or very thirsty
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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propagate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
propagate the species
The plant is typically propagated by seed or cuttings.
propagated = reproduced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of propagate means:
to reproduce or copy
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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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 = (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
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 26
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resilient
1 use
Times have been tough, but she is resilient.
resilient = able to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it
DefinitionGenerally resilient means:
able to withstand strain and/or quickly recover from it — such as a person retaining a positive attitude, or a material returning to its shape after being bent, stretched, or pressed
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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solemn
4 uses
He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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Book4 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a somber mood
Before she said anything, I knew it was bad news from her somber face.
somber = serious and cheerless
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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summon
4 uses
I was summoned to the principal's office.
summoned = called to come
DefinitionGenerally summon means:
to call forth
The exact meaning of summon can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "summon to court" — officially demand that someone appear in court (call them to court)
  • "summon the team to a meeting" — call upon the team members to attend a meeting
  • "summon help" — call others to come and help
  • "summon her courage" — call forth her courage from within
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Book4 uses
Library35 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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tremulous
1 use
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = quivering (shaky)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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