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amiable
1 use
She seemed an ideal candidate—attractive, amiable, intelligent and energetic.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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1st useChapter 1.3
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contrary
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary personality
She has a contrary personality.
contrary = disagreeable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrary means:
disagreeable — typically in reference to someone's personality
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corpulent
1 use
She also counsels her more corpulent patients on the advisability and techniques of losing weight.
corpulent = having excessive body fat
DefinitionGenerally corpulent means:
with excessive body fat
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denotes
1 use
The asterisk ("*") denotes a footnote.
denotes = indicates
DefinitionGenerally denotes means:
means literally; or indicates
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despair
6 uses
Don't despair—help is on the way!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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Book6 uses
Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.7
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digress
1 use
She always digresses when telling a story.
digresses = wanders from a direct course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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earnest
7 uses
Both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate.
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book7 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.4
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enigma
1 use
As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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1st useChapter 1.2
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incessant
1 use
She grew annoyed by the child's incessant questions.
incessant = continuous (and often annoying)
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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1st useChapter 3.1
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indeterminate
1 use
A zillion is a large indeterminate number.
indeterminate = unknown or uncertain
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indifferent
1 use
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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1st useChapter 4.4
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insipid
2 uses
I don't care for the author. I think her novels are insipid.
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
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1st useChapter 1.2
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instigate
1 use
The group is accused of instigating the violence in the area.
instigating = starting something or causing it to happen
DefinitionGenerally instigate means:
start or set into motion — typically some kind of conflict
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intangible
1 use
that intangible thing—the soul
intangible = incapable of being perceived by the senses; or something that is hard to identify
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petulant
1 use
She stomped her foot like a petulant child.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.1
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revere
1 use
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4.6
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sanguine
1 use
She argues that we've been too sanguine about the challenge in inner city schools.
sanguine = confidently optimistic and cheerful
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scrupulous
1 use
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 4.3
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staid
1 use
She is from a staid, conservative family.
staid = respectable or conservative, and low-keyed in behavior — possibly a bit dull
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vacillate
1 use
She was determined and did not vacillate in the least.
vacillate = to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
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