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aesthetic
1 use
They never let science crush the aesthetic and the beautiful.
aesthetic = tasteful (or sense of beauty)
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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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
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 Leader stood before Sam and Elma, his mask beaten of polished bronze,
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
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
Up and down green wine canals, boats as delicate as bronze flowers drifted.†
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
, contemptuously, snorting at the sky,
contemptuously = disrespectfully
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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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
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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Book1 use
Library8 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
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
"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 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
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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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)

(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
a modern, incredulous world
incredulous = unbelieving
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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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
Olfactory hallucination, induced by sensual telepathy.
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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luminous
2 uses
A soft evening light shone over them from the stars and the luminous double moons of Mars.
luminous = 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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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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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odious
1 use
The comparison was odious!
odious = extremely unpleasant, disgusting, dislikable, or worthy of hate
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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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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ruminate
1 use
Stendabi ruminated. Night after night he...
ruminated = to think again and again about something; or to think about something in a sustained (continuing) manner
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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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
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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solicitous
1 use
"Suddenly you're so solicitous," she said.
solicitous = showing care or concern for someone
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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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undulate
1 use
A silver ring fish floated by them, undulating, and closing like an iris, instantly, around food particles, to assimilate them.
undulating = moving with a smooth wave-like motion
DefinitionGenerally undulate means:
a smooth wave-like motion (physical or auditory)

or:

having a wavy or rippled form or surface
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 26
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