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atom
13 uses
I don't trust no atom bombs.
atom = exceedingly powerful bombs whose energy comes from splitting atoms (the smallest part of any material that cannot be broken up by chemical means)
DefinitionGenerally atom means:
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
It verges on—blasphemy.
blasphemy = disrespectful 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
The Leader stood before Sam and Elma, his mask beaten of polished bronze,
bronze = a reddish brown metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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
This paying back of the antiseptic government for its literary terrors and conflagrations.
conflagrations = large, violent, uncontrolled events — especially fires
DefinitionGenerally conflagration means:
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
, contemptuously, snorting at the sky,
contemptuously = disrespectfully
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
But certainly a town like this could not occur without divine intervention.
divine = coming from God
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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dubious
1 use
Dubiously the captain took the key in hand.
dubiously = with doubt or suspicion
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
They dwindled down to a couple in the last few years.
dwindled = decreased
DefinitionGenerally dwindle means:
to decrease — in count or substance
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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eminent
3 uses
What eminent sociologists!
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
Stendahl drank it in, the dreariness, the oppression, the fetid vapors, the whole "atmosphere," so delicately contrived and fitted.
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
"It's been a long time," he said, gravely looking into his drink.
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
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
This is the most incredible example of sensual hallucination and hypnotic suggestion I've ever encountered.
hypnotic = related to a trance-like state of focused concentration and heightened suggestibility
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
a modern, incredulous world
incredulous = unbelieving
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
...from a great Niagara of reading matter to a mere innocuous dripping of...
innocuous = unlikely to harm or disturb
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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metamorphosis
1 use
Biological metamorphosis through psychological imbalance!
metamorphosis = 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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nocturnal
1 use
Late strollers were still out: a policeman, a night watchman, a rocket pilot, several lonely men coming home from some nocturnal rendezvous, four men and women issuing from a bar, laughing.
nocturnal = nighttime
DefinitionGenerally nocturnal means:
active during the night; or relating to night
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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persist
2 uses
"They persist!" He fired his gun again and again at the bodies.
persist = continue (to exist despite everything)
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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proprietor
8 uses
the luggage-store proprietor
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
...musicians made a serene music flow up like blossom scent on the still air.
serene = 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
It was an evening in summer upon the placid and temperate planet Mars.
temperate = having mild weather (not extreme)
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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