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The Red Badge of Courage

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apparent
18 uses
The effects of the drought are apparent to anyone who sees the dry fields.
apparent = clear or obvious
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book18 uses
Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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cease
14 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Book14 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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comprehend
11 uses
I don't think she comprehends how dangerous this has become.
comprehends = fully understands
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Book11 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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daunt
4 uses
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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denounce
3 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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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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despondent
3 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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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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diffident
2 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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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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discern
3 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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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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doleful
2 uses
It was another year of a doleful Detroit economy.
doleful = very sad; or causing sadness or misfortune
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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exasperated
6 uses
She was exasperated by his teasing.
exasperated = greatly annoyed
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Book6 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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lucid
1 use
Although she was on heavy pain medication, she was still lucid.
lucid = capable of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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morose
1 use
She drank alone in the corner, looking morose.
morose = unhappy
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2
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obstinate
2 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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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 5
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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 useChapter 7
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scrutiny
3 uses
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
scrutinized = looked very carefully at

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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stoic
2 uses
She suffered quietly, courageously, with a stoic acceptance of her illness.
stoic = unemotional
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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trepidation
1 use
She began her first day at the new school with some trepidation.
trepidation = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
nervousness (fear or anxiety about what will happen)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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zeal
1 use
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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