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acute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
acute pain
She felt an acute pain in her neck.
acute = sharp (severe or very bad)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (severe or strong) — usually negative
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 4
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2  —1 use as in:
acute sense of smell
Dogs have an acute sense of smell.
acute = excellent (highly perceptive)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (highly perceptive in some area or mentally sharp)
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 6
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advocate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to advocate
She advocates stricter gun control.
advocates = publicly supports
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support (someone or something)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useStory 8
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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 useStory 3
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ascetic
1 use
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 4
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candid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useStory 6
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capricious
1 use
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 8
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censure
1 use
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 8
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decorum
1 use
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = proper manners and conduct
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 5
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deference
1 use
They changed their strategy in deference to the President's wishes.
deference = respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useStory 7
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depravity
1 use
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = immorality or evilness
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 8
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dispassionate
1 use
She has a reputation as a dispassionate judge.
dispassionate = unaffected by strong emotion or bias
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 3
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
Troops were disposed strategically along the northern border.
disposed = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useStory 8
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forbearance
1 use
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 7
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incessant
3 uses
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 6
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laconic
1 use
I need more than the book and my teacher's laconic answers to understand this material.
laconic = using few words
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1st useStory 8
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perfunctory
2 uses
She gave us menus and a perfunctory smile.
perfunctory = done without much interest or effort
DefinitionGenerally perfunctory means:
done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 9
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superficial
1 use
She has only superficial knowledge on the subject.
superficial = shallow
DefinitionGenerally superficial means:
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useStory 6
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trifle
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
a trifling matter
We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.
trifling = small (of little importance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 3
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vivacious
2 uses
She's a charming and vivacious hostess.
vivacious = has an engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
having an engaging liveliness — when said of a person, typically said of a female
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 8
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