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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
We all agree that we want what's "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 53-54
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accustomed
27 uses
In the United States we're accustomed to forming our own opinion about the promises of advertisements and politicians.
accustomed = used to (have adapted to and have an expectation of)
DefinitionGenerally accustomed means:
psychologically or physically used to something
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Book27 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-14
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anguish
22 uses
I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
anguish = extreme distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme distress of body or mind
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27-28
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benevolent
2 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 117-118
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capricious
1 use
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 71-72
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cease
28 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 29-30
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-44
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correspond
3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
corresponding by email
We correspond regularly via email.
correspond = write to each other
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3-4
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
despise
28 uses
She despises the people he has to work for.
despises = strongly dislikes
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to strongly dislike — and often to look down upon with disrespect
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21-22
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endure
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through (or to put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book2 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11-12
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 5-6
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expedient
1 use
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 47-48
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grave
16 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to 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 (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1-2
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inclined
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 53-54
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indifferent
56 uses
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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Book56 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19-20
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inevitable
17 uses
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 45-46
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minuteness
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33-34
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revere
4 uses
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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 67-68
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wretched
31 uses
The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad, in various senses such as:
  • unfortunate or miserable
  • of poor quality
  • morally bad
Word Statistics
Book31 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11-12
zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15-16
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