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complacent
4 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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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
She dresses to convey a sense of a successful, no-nonsense woman.
convey = communicate or express
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 24
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deride
3 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
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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despondent
2 uses
When her mother died, she was so despondent it was hard for her to get out of bed.
despondent = emotionally depressed
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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diffident
5 uses
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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1st useChapter 2
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disdain
1 use
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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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dubious
1 use
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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efface
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
efface herself
She always effaces herself when she is with him.
effaces = makes herself inconspicuous or unimportant
DefinitionGenerally this sense of efface means:
to make oneself inconspicuous or unimportant
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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engender
1 use
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause (bring into being)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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1st useChapter 2
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futile
3 uses
Resistance is futile.
futile = pointless because it cannot produce anything useful
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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illustrate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
an illustrated children's book
I write and illustrate children's books.
illustrate = draw pictures to accompany
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to draw pictures (or provide photographs) to accompany a book or other writing
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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loathe
7 uses
I make New Year's resolutions every year and then loathe myself for breaking them.
loathe = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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Book7 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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magistrate
9 uses
The local magistrate insisted on a cash payment for the speeding ticket.
magistrate = judge
DefinitionGenerally magistrate means:
a judge or judicial official
The exact meaning of magistrate varies widely depending upon the context. For example:
  • in the U.S. federal court:  assists district court judges by handling minor offenses or administrative tasks such as preliminary hearings (often referred to as a magistrate judge rather than just a magistrate)
  • in some U.S. states:  a judge in the state court
  • in France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and other civil law countries:  a sitting magistrate is a judge and a standing magistrate is a prosecutor
  • in England:  may be a volunteer without formal legal training who performs a judicial role with regard to minor matters
  • in ancient Rome:  a powerful officer with both judicial and executive power
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Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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malicious
5 uses
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9
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philanthropy
1 use
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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prodigal
1 use
The rainforest is filled with a prodigal variety of vegetation.
prodigal = abundant (many, many kinds)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
It was a sultry afternoon. I could barely breath.
sultry = hot and humid
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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superficial
2 uses
She has only superficial knowledge on the subject.
superficial = shallow
DefinitionGenerally superficial means:
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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