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apathy
4 uses
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.18
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arbitrary
2 uses
It was an arbitrary decision.
arbitrary = based on chance or impulse
DefinitionGenerally arbitrary means:
based on chance or impulse (rather than upon reasoning, consistent rules, or a proper sense of fairness)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.9
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ascetic
4 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.12
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complacent
1 use
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.10
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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 1.11
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consulate
11 uses
After 9-11, the US increased security at consulates around the world.
consulates = the offices of US diplomats living and working in foreign countries
DefinitionGenerally consulate means:
the offices where a consul works; or a consul (a diplomat appointed by a government to live in a foreign country, help its citizens visiting that country, and protect its commercial interests there)
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.23
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deference
5 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
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.1
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deliberate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
She didn't forget. She deliberately skipped the meeting.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.20
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2  —4 uses as in:
need to deliberate
We deliberated into the evening.
deliberated = thought about or discussed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.24
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deride
7 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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disdain
2 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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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.10
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disparage
3 uses
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.5
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eccentric
3 uses
She's a little eccentric, but we don't mind because she's the best player on the team.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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formidable
8 uses
She is a formidable opponent.
formidable = intimidating or impressive
DefinitionGenerally formidable means:
intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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indulgent
9 uses
Indulgent parents risk spoiling their children.
indulgent = treating with extra kindness or leniency (in this case, not demanding enough of the children)
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.19
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use 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 or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.17
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philanthropy
1 use
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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reticent
3 uses
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant — usually to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9
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tranquil
7 uses
I love a lake with tranquil blue water.
tranquil = calm
DefinitionGenerally tranquil means:
calm and undisturbed
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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