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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
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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 or uninterested
DefinitionGenerally aloof means:
socially distant or uninterested in something that interests others — often thinking oneself superior to others
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Book13 uses
Library3 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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.10
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conjugate
1 use
Afrikaans, spoken in South Africa and Nambia, does not conjugate verbs differently depending upon the subject. The verb forms for I am, You are, and It is are all the same.
conjugate = change in the form of a verb for the context in which it is used
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conjugate means:
grammatical changes of verb forms to agree with other words in a sentence for tense, number, person, and other things

English tense example:
    She writes.
    She is writing.
    She will write tomorrow.
    She has written in the past.
  
English number example:
      Jane is...
      Jane and Susan are...
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.8
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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 for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.13
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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
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
SAT®*top 1000
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
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Book5 uses
Library7 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
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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 = criticize or argue
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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reproach
16 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
Book16 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
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 = (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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2.8
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retort
12 uses
She wanted to retort that he that he sounded foolish, 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
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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revere
10 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = deeply respect and admire
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.4
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scorn
22 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = rejected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book22 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.6
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sensuous
3 uses
She claims the tango as the most sensuous of dance forms.
sensuous = pleasing to the physical senses (sexy)
DefinitionGenerally sensuous means:
relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the intellect
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 a way that is hard to see
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
working in an indirect or hidden way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.10
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2  —1 use as in:
a subtle shade of blue
Her warning was subtle, but unmistakable.
subtle = understated (so as not to draw attention to itself)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
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
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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
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trifle
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
a trifling matter
We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.
trifling = small (of little importance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library3 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 = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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