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abstract
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
abstract thought
We all agree that we want what's "best for the country", but that is an abstract concept and we cannot agree on which specific laws should be passed.
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.7
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aloof
13 uses
People who don't know her, think she is aloof from the rest of the team, but she is just focused on the game.
aloof = socially distant as though superior; or obviously uninterested in something that interests others
DefinitionGenerally aloof means:
socially distant — often thinking oneself superior to others

or:

obviously uninterested in something that interests others — often as though thinking it beneath one's dignity or distasteful
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.12
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chagrin
7 uses
I bragged about how good our team was and then, much to my chagrin, we lost.
chagrin = bad feeling such as embarrassment or disappointment
DefinitionGenerally chagrin means:
a bad feeling such as embarrassment, disappointment, or annoyance — especially due to a disconcerting event, mistake or other blow to the ego
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.10
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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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.13
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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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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disdain
5 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
Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.2
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persist
11 uses
The child persisted in asking questions despite my obvious desire to be left alone.
persisted = continued
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.6
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remonstrate
6 uses
When she has a complaint with her staff, she will remonstrate quietly and in private.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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reproach
14 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.12
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
It wasn't her first choice, but she accepted it with resignation.
resignation = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.8
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retort
12 uses
She wanted to retort that he that he sounded more foolish than he looked, but she made herself count to ten and thought better of it.
retort = quickly reply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
Web Links
revere
9 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.4
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sensuous
3 uses
I made the bed with sensuous silk sheets.
sensuous = relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the mind
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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subtle   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle poison
She is working subtly against us.
subtly = working in an indirect or hidden way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.10
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
a subtle shade of blue
a subtle, but unmistakable warning
subtle = understated so as not to draw attention to itself
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.12
Web Links
3  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
subtle = making use of slight distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.7
Web Links
trifle with
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
trifling = things of little importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
Web Links
wistful
11 uses
Sitting in her wheelchair, the old woman looked wistfully at the young dancers.
wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
DefinitionGenerally wistful means:
showing longing or unfulfilled desire
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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