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aesthetic
1 use
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = in a manner that is beautiful or tasteful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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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
7 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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Book7 uses
Library25 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 = 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
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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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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impassive
1 use
He remained impassive, showing neither interest in nor concern.
impassive = having or revealing little emotion — especially under circumstances others would find exciting
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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induce
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
induce symptoms
She was suffering from alcohol-induced stupidity.
induced = caused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to cause something to arise or happen
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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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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Library21 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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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luminous
2 uses
The sky was luminous with stars.
luminous = glowing or shining
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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odious
1 use
Though they think the country's government is odious, they're unwilling to help topple it for fear of the consequences.
odious = extremely unpleasant, disgusting, or dislikable
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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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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Library4 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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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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 — especially a person retaining a positive attitude or a material retaining its shape
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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ruminate
1 use
She had little time to ruminate.
ruminate = to think again and again about something
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Library2 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:
very serious—and often dignified
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Book4 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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solicitous
1 use
It's a mid-price hotel in a great location with a solicitous staff.
solicitous = showing great care or concern for someone (in this case, for guests)
DefinitionGenerally solicitous means:
showing great care or concern for someone
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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tremulous
1 use
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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undulate
1 use
A sidewinding snake uses less energy to cover the same distance as a laterally undulating snake uses.
undulating = moving with smooth wave-like movements
DefinitionGenerally undulate means:
a smooth wave-like motion (physical or auditory)

or:

having a wavy or rippled form or surface
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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