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acute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
acute pain
She felt an acute pain in her neck.
acute = sharp (a severely negative event) — often with a rapid onset
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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augment
1 use
Our school district hired a new counselor to augment our college counseling service.
augment = enlarge or increase
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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avarice
1 use
We can try both to minimize greed and avarice and to channel them into directions beneficial to society.
avarice = excessive desire for wealth
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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capricious
3 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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congenial
1 use
She has a congenial relationship with her colleagues.
congenial = agreeable or compatible in a positive way
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book5 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 21
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desultory
1 use
He jumped from job to job in a desultory manner until he met Mary.
desultory = lacking plan or purpose; or half-hearted
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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divine
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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forbearance
1 use
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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gesticulate
1 use
The moderator turned her microphone off, leaving us to see her gesticulations, but not hear her words.
gesticulations = gestures (hand or body movements) made while speaking or to express something
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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luminous
4 uses
The sky was luminous with stars.
luminous = glowing or shining
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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perplex
7 uses
Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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pervasive
2 uses
We were losing 35 to 0 at halftime and there was a pervasive sense of gloom in the locker room.
pervasive = existing throughout something
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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revere
3 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
Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 21
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serene
3 uses
While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
serenely = calmly and peacefully
DefinitionGenerally serene means:
calm and untroubled
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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Shakespeare
11 uses
As Shakespeare said, "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
Shakespeare = English dramatist and poet frequently cited as the greatest writer in the English language (1564-1616)
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Book11 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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tangible
3 uses
They set tangible goals.
tangible = capable of being touched, or easily understood so there is no question of its value or reality
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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tedious
2 uses
I'll have to endure one of her tedious lectures.
tedious = boring or monotonous
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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vex
5 uses
It is a vexing problem.
vexing = annoying
DefinitionGenerally vex means:
to annoy or disturb
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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