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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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apathy
1 use
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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belittle
1 use
The gradualness of the change does not belittle its importance.
belittle = make it less important
DefinitionGenerally belittle means:
to make someone or something seem less important
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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benevolent
1 use
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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cleave
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
cleave through
Large molecules cleave at their weakest points and produce smaller fragments.
cleave = split
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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coherent
1 use
She presented a compelling and coherent plan.
coherent = sensible and clear
DefinitionGenerally coherent means:
sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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component
2 uses
It has only three major components.
components = parts
DefinitionGenerally component means:
a part of something
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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condone
1 use
Such behavior is permitted, but we certainly don't condone it.
condone = accept without criticism; or approve of
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use 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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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diagnose
5 uses
She diagnosed the disease as type 2 diabetes.
diagnosed = identified
DefinitionGenerally diagnose means:
determine or identify the nature of a problem or an illness
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Book5 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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fidget
8 uses
The child is always fidgeting in his seat
fidgeting = making small restless movements
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
to make small restless movements
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Book8 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use 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, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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induce
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
induce symptoms
She was suffering from alcohol-induced stupidity.
induced = caused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to cause something to arise or happen
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 22
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irrevocable
1 use
We agreed not to take any irrevocable action until after the meeting.
irrevocable = incapable of being undone
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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latent
1 use
She is unschooled, but I think she has latent talent as an engineer.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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lucid
1 use
Although she was on heavy pain medication, she was still lucid.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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monotonous
1 use
We hope to replace people with robots for the most monotonous work.
monotonous = lacking variety and boring
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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notorious
2 uses
He was a notorious drug dealer.
notorious = well known for something bad
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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parched
2 uses
Nothing will grow in this parched soil.
parched = dried out
DefinitionGenerally parched means:
dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; or very thirsty
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
I know you're unhappy there, but don't submit your resignation until you find a better job.
resignation = a document expressing that someone is quitting a job
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 29
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rigorous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a rigorous math class
The class was equally interesting and rigorous.
rigorous = difficult and demanding
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 25
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