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augment
6 uses
Our school hired a new counselor to augment our college counseling service.
augment = enlarge or increase
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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complacent
2 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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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 3
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denounce
8 uses
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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depravity
5 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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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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deride
7 uses
She relentlessly mocks and derides the younger students.
derides = criticizes with strong disrespect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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discern
14 uses
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = notice or see (something that is not obvious)
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book14 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 2
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disdain
12 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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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 4
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
The creature dwells in the forest.
dwells = lives in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 12
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2  —4 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
There is a second dwelling unit on the property.
dwelling = home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 7
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guile
15 uses
Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book15 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 9
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immutable
5 uses
It is an immutable law of physics.
immutable = unchangeable
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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impetuous
5 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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mitigate
3 uses
Don't judge her so harshly until you consider the mitigating circumstances.
mitigating = serving to make less harmful or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 1
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perfidy
2 uses
She is guilty of perfidy if not treason.
perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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pious
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 6
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sagacious
1 use
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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servile
5 uses
We expect our waiters to give world-class service, but not to be so servile they sacrifice their human dignity.
servile = excessively 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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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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vacuous
2 uses
It is a vacuous, feel-good philosophy.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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zeal
10 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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