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abstruse
2 uses
The professor's lectures were so abstruse that students tended to avoid them.
abstruse = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally abstruse means:
difficult to understand; or not known by the great majority of people
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 8
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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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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assiduous
1 use
She is an assiduous student who expects to earn A's.
assiduous = diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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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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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 8
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contrite
4 uses
She apologized, but didn't seem genuinely contrite.
contrite = sorry
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 9
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deter
2 uses
She was slow to decide what to do, but once she did nothing could deter her from her chosen course of action.
deter = discourage (prevent)
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 9
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disparage
1 use
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 1
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dissent
3 uses
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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extol
6 uses
She extolled passage of the law as a victory for all Americans.
extolled = praised, glorified, or honored
DefinitionGenerally extol means:
praise, glorify, or honor
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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fallacious
2 uses
She reached a false conclusion that was based on fallacious reasoning.
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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interpose
9 uses
She interposed herself between them before someone threw a punch.
interposed = inserted
DefinitionGenerally interpose means:
to insert between other elements; or to interrupt or stop action by others
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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parsimonious
1 use
Ebenezer Scrooge was parsimonious in Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
parsimonious = (having the trait of) extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
DefinitionGenerally parsimonious means:
extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 7
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proportional
1 use
Sales people at our company earn income proportional to their sales.
proportional = related in amount
DefinitionGenerally proportional means:
appropriate or related in size, amount, or degree
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 9
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prudent
3 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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refute
1 use
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = argued against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 10
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revere
13 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book13 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 12
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scorn
25 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = rejected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book25 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 4
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speculate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
philosophers have speculated on the question of God for thousands of years
speculated = thought and guessed without certainty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 12
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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