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abrupt   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
The bus came to an abrupt stop.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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2  —1 use as in:
she is abrupt
She has an abrupt personality.
abrupt = rude or unfriendly because of using too few words or moving too quickly
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 17
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2  —3 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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convention
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
conventional behavior
It was once conventional wisdom that the earth was flat.
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book13 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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correspond   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
Eskimos have many words that correspond to the English word snow. For example, there are different words for "snow on the ground", "fresh snow on the ground", "soft snow on the ground", "a crust of snow on the ground" and so forth.
correspond = are equivalent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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2  —3 uses as in:
corresponding by email
We correspond regularly via email.
correspond = write to each other
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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Cupid
14 uses
She must have been struck by one of Cupid's arrows.
Cupid = Roman mythology:  god of love; a small, winged boy whose arrows make those struck fall in love
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Book14 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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delectable
1 use
The cake is delicious, scrumptious and delectable.
delectable = extremely pleasing — especially to the sense of taste or to the eye
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
She didn't forget. She deliberately skipped the meeting.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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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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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 18 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
depart directly
I walked directly to work.
directly = without interruption in the straightest or quickest possible manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —3 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
This flower does best in direct sunlight.
direct = without intervention from anything (in this case, not sun that is partially blocked or reflected)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book3 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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3  —5 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
I left them with direct instructions.
direct = straightforward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book5 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19
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4  —3 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
On the SAT test, some questions direct you to look at an underlined or numbered portion of a passage.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16
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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
1st useChapter 24
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furtive
13 uses
She watched me in a furtive manner—trying to hide her interest.
furtive = cautious or taking pains to avoid being observed
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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querulous
2 uses
He said it in a slightly querulous tone.
querulous = habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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scorn
9 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = treated with disrespect or disdain
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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wretch
2 uses
Pity the poor wretch.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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