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clamor
10 uses
She ignored the clamor of the crowd.
clamor = loud noise and/or persistent demands
DefinitionGenerally clamor means:
loud noise and/or persistent demands — especially from human voice
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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compel
13 uses
Does our DNA compel us to act as we do?
compel = force
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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conciliatory
2 uses
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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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
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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disdain
3 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
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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indifferent
5 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book5 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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insolent
6 uses
I don't recommend the hotel. The employees are insolent and unhelpful.
insolent = rudely disrespectful
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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oblige
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
The law obliges doctors to report suspected child abuse.
obliges = requires
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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ominous
6 uses
I'm beginning to hear ominous rumblings of discontent.
ominous = threatening
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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perfunctory
2 uses
She gave us menus and a perfunctory smile.
perfunctory = done without much interest or effort
DefinitionGenerally perfunctory means:
done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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petulant
1 use
She stomped her foot like a petulant child.
petulant = unreasonably annoyed or upset
DefinitionGenerally petulant means:
unreasonably annoyed or upset

or:

easily annoyed or upset
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 14
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = intense (of great emotional depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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remonstrate
2 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = criticize or argue
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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reproach
8 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —3 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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stolid
8 uses
She listened to both arguments thoughtfully, but with a face as stolid as a cow's.
stolid = emotionless
DefinitionGenerally stolid means:
having or revealing little emotion — sometimes indicating qualities of not changing or being dependable

or (much more rarely):

of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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tranquil
6 uses
I love a lake with tranquil blue water.
tranquil = calm
DefinitionGenerally tranquil means:
calm and undisturbed
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
vindicate
4 uses
He was eager to vindicate his actions.
vindicate = show to be right
DefinitionGenerally vindicate means:
show to be right or justified
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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