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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
He glanced abruptly to his right,
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 7
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ambiguous
2 uses
but Mary Jane just wailed something ambiguous, something about her box of Kleenex, and rushed back to her convertible.
ambiguous = unclear
DefinitionGenerally ambiguous means:
unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useStory 9
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apparent
13 uses
Teddy apparently didn't hear him, or wasn't listening.
apparently = it appeared
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book13 uses
Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useStory 3
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appropriate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it is appropriate
putting on my blue suit, which I thought appropriate for an instructor on the opening day of school,
appropriate = suitable (fitting)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
suitable (fitting) for a particular situation
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Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useStory 4
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cordial
5 uses
"Hello," he said, cordially, to Ginnie.
cordially = in a friendly way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cordial means:
friendly — usually warm and heartfelt, but possibly only polite
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 9
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emulate
1 use
She said she only hoped that she could some day emulate them.
emulate = imitate (copy)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 8
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fastidious
1 use
he suddenly raised his face, gave a terrible laugh, and neatly, even fastidiously, regurgitated all four bullets.
fastidiously = with excessive concern for cleanliness or matters of taste
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 4
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imply
5 uses
his inflection implying that the answer to that question was hopelessly obscure.
implying = saying indirectly
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book5 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useStory 3
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inevitable
1 use
I didn't say anything was inevitable, that way.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useStory 9
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
He smiled, and gently raised the flats of his hands, in a sort of ironic benediction.
ironic = saying something, but not really meaning it in its most literal translation (in this case saying it indirectly through the gesture)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 9
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magnanimous
1 use
He cut short my profuse apologies with a magnanimous wave of his hand,
magnanimous = kind and generous in spirit
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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1st useStory 8
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pedantic
1 use
"I understand you left a pretty disturbed bunch of pedants up at Boston," Nicholson said, watching him.
pedants = people too concerned with formal rules or book learning (or possibly teachers)
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 9
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precocious
1 use
He looks precocious, for God's sake.
precocious = early development — especially aptitude or maturity in a child
DefinitionGenerally precocious means:
early development — especially ability or maturity in a child

or more rarely:

disapproving description of a child who takes liberties usually afforded to people who are older
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 9
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prudent
1 use
He addressed me in a lowered, an almost prudent tone of voice.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 8
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sophistry
1 use
"I think that smacks of the worst kind of sophistry, frankly," he said, exhaling smoke.
sophistry = the use of seemingly believable, but invalid arguments that display ingenuity in reasoning
DefinitionGenerally sophistry means:
seemingly believable, but invalid arguments that display ingenuity in reasoning
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 9
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stoic
1 use
The gray-haired man turned his head again toward the girl, perhaps to show her how forbearing, even stoic, his countenance was.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 7
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torpid
1 use
Mentally, spiritually, and physically, I was feeling pretty torpid along toward four-thirty in the afternoon, and I only half stood up when M. Yoshoto came over to my desk for an instant.
torpid = slow or inactive
DefinitionGenerally torpid means:
of people:  slow or inactive — usually resulting from a lack of energy and interest

or:

of animals:  a condition of biological rest or suspended animation — (could be in the evening, during the cold, or as in a hibernated or dormant state all winter)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 8
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vacuous
1 use
he looked vacuously around the room.
vacuously = in a manner lacking intelligent thought
DefinitionGenerally vacuous means:
lacking intelligent thought
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 6
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wanton
1 use
"Oh, it sounds very exciting!" said Bobby's guest, and waited, wantonly, for me to slip her my Montreal address under the table.
wantonly = in a sexually promiscuous manner
DefinitionGenerally wanton means:
of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and (especially in the past) sexual promiscuity
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 8
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zeal
1 use
Then, with far more zeal than he had done anything in weeks, he picked up a pencil stub and wrote down under the inscription...
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 6
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