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affectation
2 uses
She is comfortable in her own skin and meets strangers without affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4.3
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candid
1 use
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.1
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = postpone or delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.7
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despondent
3 uses
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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disdain
1 use
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.7
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dubious
1 use
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
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 1.1
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impetuous
1 use
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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incredulous
2 uses
I find it incredulous that you believe she is sincere.
incredulous = difficult to believe
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4.2
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indignant
4 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book4 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.5
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indolent
1 use
She never recovered from the indolence of her youth.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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indulgent
1 use
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
indulgent = treating with extra kindness or leniency (in this case, not demanding enough of the children)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5.1
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mortgage
7 uses
We are the proud owners of a new home and a $100,000 mortgage.
mortgage = a real estate loan agreement that promises to turn the real estate over to the lender if the loan isn't paid
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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perplex
6 uses
Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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persist
4 uses
The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
persisted = continued
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
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Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.3
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prudent
2 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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resolute
4 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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scythe
12 uses
fell like grass before a scythe
scythe = a tool for cutting grass that has a curved blade and a long handle that is held with both hands
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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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skeptical
3 uses
I am skeptical about her plan.
skeptical = doubtful (in this case, of the quality of the plan)
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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whimsical
1 use
It was an especially whimsical episode of Family Guy.
whimsical = playful or amusing
DefinitionGenerally whimsical means:
playful or amusing

or:

determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity or reason
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.3
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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