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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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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augment
6 uses
Our school district hired a new counselor to augment our college counseling service.
augment = enlarge or increase
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 9
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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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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deride
7 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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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 = to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book14 uses
Library7 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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library8 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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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 = a home in which someone lives
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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ethereal
20 uses
The dancer's grace, the flowing costume, and the ethereal melody created the impression that she floated through air.
ethereal = characterized by an air-like insubstantiality

or:

so delicate and insubstantial that it barely seems of this world — often beautiful
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Book20 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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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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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
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 9
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mortal   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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2  —1 use as in:
a mortal wound
Have the detectives determined who struck the mortal blow?
mortal = causing death
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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3  —1 use as in:
felt mortal agony
She was in mortal fear of seeing him.
mortal = extreme or intense
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 12
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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
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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servile
5 uses
She acknowledged her submission in a servile tone.
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
Her credentials do not add weight to such vacuous comments.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
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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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