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aesthetic
1 use
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = related to beauty or good taste
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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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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bronze   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The sculpture of a bull on Wall Street is made of bronze.
bronze = a brownish metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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2  —2 uses as in:
a bronze tan
He was attracted by her shining bronze hair.
bronze = reddish-brown or yellowish-brown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown color like that of one of the metals with the same name — often used to refer to a suntan or a dark glowing complexion
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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 for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library8 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 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
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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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 can depend upon 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 or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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)

(Heightened suggestibility means that the hypnotized person is more inclined to accept and act on suggestions of the hypnotist.)
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Book8 uses
Library5 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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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luminous
2 uses
The sky was luminous with stars.
luminous = shining
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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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 = worthy of hate
DefinitionGenerally odious means:
extremely unpleasant, disgusting, dislikable, or worthy of hate
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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ruminate
1 use
She had little time to ruminate.
ruminate = think again
DefinitionGenerally ruminate means:
to think again and again about something; or to think about something in a sustained (continuing) manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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 care or concern for someone
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 26
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