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credulous
1 use
Her eternal smile seemed to have been brought on by the credulity of her customers, who accepted as something certain an establishment that did not exist except in the imagination, because even the tangible things there were unreal:
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 19
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delirium   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
fever induced delirium
She spent nights awake shaking with fever, fighting against delirium,
delirium = a usually brief state of mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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2  —1 use as in:
delirious with joy
But when they saw themselves alone in the house they succumbed to the delirium of lovers who were making up for lost time.
delirium = a state of having been taken over by excitement or emotion
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
He established his headquarters there and proclaimed total war against the regime.†
established = placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book8 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 19
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
When there were only two pieces left to draw, it was established to whom they belonged.†
established = determined (figured out)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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inhabitant
20 uses
So many changes took place in such a short time that eight months after Mr. Herbert's visit the old inhabitants had a hard time recognizing their own town.
inhabitants = people that live in a particular place
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
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Book20 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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insomnia
23 uses
They had indeed contracted the illness of insomnia.
insomnia = inability to sleep
DefinitionGenerally insomnia means:
an inability to sleep; or a disease that constantly creates an inability to sleep
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Book23 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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lament
15 uses
"We'll never get anywhere," he lamented to Ursula.
lamented = expressed grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Book15 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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languid
14 uses
He did everything with direct and decisive movements, in contrast to his languid look.
languid = relaxed
DefinitionGenerally languid means:
lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
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Book14 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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lucid
19 uses
Actually, in spite of the fact that everyone considered him mad, Jose Arcadio Segundo was at that time the most lucid inhabitant of the house.
lucid = clear thinking
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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Book19 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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nostalgia
33 uses
He thought confusedly, finally captive in a trap of nostalgia, that perhaps if he had married her he would have been a man without war and without glory, a nameless artisan, a happy animal.
nostalgia = longing for something past
DefinitionGenerally nostalgia means:
happiness that come with the memory of good times combined with a hint of sadness that those times are over
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Book33 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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pretext
22 uses
She tried to get near him under any pretext.
pretext = a false reason presented to hide the real reason for doing something
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Book22 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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rancor
11 uses
she seemed completely exhausted by her rancor.
rancor = deep and bitter anger or hatred
DefinitionGenerally rancor means:
deep and bitter anger or hatred — especially when long-standing
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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refuge
19 uses
He took refuge in work.
refuge = shelter (found a safe place)
DefinitionGenerally refuge means:
something giving protection — especially a safe place
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Book19 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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repudiate
4 uses
he scolded him strongly for learning occupations repudiated by the Liberals.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
She resigned herself to waiting until the rain stopped and...
resigned = made herself accept something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
It was he who resolved to take her out of the bedroom she had occupied since childhood, where the fearful eyes of the saints still fed her adolescent terrors, and he furnished for her a room with a royal bed, a large dressing table, and velvet curtains, not realizing that he was producing a second version of Petra Cotes's room.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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2  —7 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
At the beginning of December the long-awaited interview, which many had foreseen as an interminable argument, was resolved in less than an hour.
resolved = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 19
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servile
1 use
...the old soldier grew indignant with the servile excitement of the people and he realized that something had changed in the makeup of the men since the days when they would leave their wives and children and toss a shotgun on their shoulders to go off to war.
servile = submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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1st useChapter 12
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transitory
1 use
...they had already caused a colossal disturbance, much more than that of the old gypsies, but less transitory and understandable.
transitory = lasting a short time
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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