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aesthetic
7 uses
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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17-18
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ascetic
5 uses
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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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-8
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austere
6 uses
He took a vow of silence and leads an austere life at the monastery.
austere = lacking luxury (and stern)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 91-92
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complacent
3 uses
She had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 25-26
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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 for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-44
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depravity
4 uses
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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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17-18
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disdain
9 uses
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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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 83-84
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dispose
3 uses
1  —3 uses 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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15-16
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enigma
5 uses
As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 67-68
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futile
10 uses
Resistance is futile.
futile = pointless because it cannot produce anything useful
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 67-68
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illustrate
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
an illustrated children's book
I write and illustrate children's books.
illustrate = draw pictures to accompany
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9-10
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induce
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
induce her to
The baby wasn't getting enough nutrients and oxygen, so we induced labor.
induced = caused (in this case, childbirth to start)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to persuade somebody to do something
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 43-44
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
She didn't see the irony in acting like the mother she detested.
irony = when what happens is very different than what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49-50
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2  —2 uses as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49-50
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notwithstanding
32 uses
Notwithstanding other provisions of this contract, employee may be fired immediately if there is any material misrepresentation on employee's resume or job application.
notwithstanding = in spite of (used to connect contrasting ideas)

(In this case, even if other parts of the contract protect the employee from being fired without notice, the employee can be fired immediately for these reasons. The other parts of the contract do not withstand this part.)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book32 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1-2
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obstinate
12 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 59-60
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ostentatious
4 uses
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5-6
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reproach
27 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 37-38
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tremulous
8 uses
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = quivering (shaky)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-14
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vulgar
56 uses
Her vulgarity was a turnoff.
vulgarity = crudeness (showing of bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
Word Statistics
Book56 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27-28
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