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aesthetic
7 uses
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = in a manner that is beautiful or tasteful
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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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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 91-92
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complacent
3 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = 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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depravity
4 uses
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17-18
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deride
3 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41-42
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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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 83-84
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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
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 67-68
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futile
10 uses
It was a futile effort that was doomed form the start.
futile = effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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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
Library5 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; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together
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
Library13 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 or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49-50
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notwithstanding
32 uses
Notwithstanding my fear, I want to try parachuting from an airplane.
notwithstanding = in spite of (In this case, my fear does not withstand my desire to try parachuting. My desire is stronger than my fear.) (used to connect contrasting ideas)
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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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
Library4 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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5-6
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reproach
25 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book25 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37-38
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transitory
2 uses
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 121-122
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tremulous
8 uses
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = 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
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27-28
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