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aesthetic
1 use
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = related to beauty or good taste
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.11
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agony
17 uses
She was in agony from a toothache.
agony = intense suffering
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
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Book17 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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anguish
11 uses
I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
anguish = extreme pain
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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Book11 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15
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anxiety
14 uses
She suffers from more than the usual pre-test anxiety.
anxiety = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally anxiety means:
nervousness or worry
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.3
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Don't worry about my feelings. I'd like your candid opinion.
candid = honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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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
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.13
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conciliatory
1 use
Their statements are conciliatory, but their actions are uncompromising.
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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condescending
7 uses
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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deference
4 uses
They changed their strategy in deference to the President's wishes.
deference = respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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despise
22 uses
She despises the people he has to work for.
despises = dislikes strongly and looks down upon
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to dislike strongly and to look down upon with disrespect
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Book22 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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dissent
1 use
The Alien and Sedition Acts were attempts to silence early political dissent in America.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.10
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.5
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indifferent
15 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."
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.4
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indignant
13 uses
She was indignant, but agreed to be searched when they accused her of shoplifting.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.5
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irony
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
verbal irony
She was being ironic when she said she couldn't wait to see you again.
ironic = saying one thing, while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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mock
19 uses
I will not permit the defendant to make a mockery of this trial.
mockery = something that is ridiculous
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.3
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ponder
17 uses
The question the audience is left to ponder is...
ponder = think about
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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scrupulous
2 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful and thorough
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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sufficient
12 uses
We have sufficient supplies.
sufficient = adequate (enough)
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.2
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trepidation
3 uses
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
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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