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atom
13 uses
The world was forever changed when we learned to split the atom.
atom = the smallest part of any material that cannot be broken up by chemical means; comprised of a nucleus of protons and neutrons surrounded by orbiting electrons
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Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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blasphemy
2 uses
The government of the Muslim nation monitors major websites for blasphemy.
blasphemy = disrespect of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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bronze
10 uses
She received the bronze medal at the Olympics.
bronze = a metal alloy of copper and (usually) tin (that is given at the Olympics for a third place finish)
DefinitionGenerally bronze means:
a reddish brown metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin

or:

the reddish-brown color of the metal (such as a bronze tan)

or:

something made of the alloy — such as a sculpture
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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conflagration
1 use
sparked the current conflagration by releasing the report
conflagration = a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially a fire
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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dubious
1 use
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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dwindle
5 uses
Her savings dwindled down
dwindled = decreased
DefinitionGenerally dwindle means:
to decrease — in count or substance
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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eminent
3 uses
She is an eminent scholar.
eminent = standing above others in attainment or reputation
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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fetid
1 use
a fetid stench coming from the garbage pile
fetid = having a bad odor
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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grave
2 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
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 24
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hypnotize
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
hypnotized to try to remember
I want to be hypnotized and given the suggestion that I don't like to snack on fattening foods.
hypnotized = put into a trance-like state of focused concentration and heightened suggestibility (a state of hypnosis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypnotize means:
to put someone into a state of hypnosis (a trance-like state of focused concentration and heightened suggestibility)
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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incredulous
4 uses
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19
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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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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nocturnal
1 use
The mice are nocturnal, so we never see them, but we see their droppings.
nocturnal = active during the night
DefinitionGenerally nocturnal means:
active during the night; or relating to night
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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persist
2 uses
The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
persisted = continued
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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proprietor
8 uses
After 40 years of greeting guests in person, the proprietor is retiring.
proprietor = the owner of a business
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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serene
4 uses
While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
serenely = calmly and peacefully
DefinitionGenerally serene means:
calm and untroubled
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Book4 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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temperate
2 uses
Northern Florida is temperate; while the south is subtropical.
temperate = lacking extremes (in this case, in weather)
DefinitionGenerally temperate means:
lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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