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apathy
4 uses
Meals with the patients were a chore he approached with apathy.
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
I kept arguing with him that he was not really pushing out the extension of the human range—it was too arbitrary.
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
Living rather ascetically, travelling third-class ... and penalizing himself for any extravagances, he maintained a qualified financial independence.
ascetically = in the manner of someone who practices 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
Lady Caroline smiled complacently.
complacently = with contentment  (unworried and satisfied)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.10
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conciliatory
2 uses
And then, in a more conciliatory tone, "This has gone far enough, Tommy."
conciliatory = intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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consulate
11 uses
you can get aid and advice from the Consulate, which protects the rights of American citizens.
consulate = a representative of a government who lives in a foreign city
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
He greeted his new guests with a proud bearing and an obvious deference to their infinite and unknown possibilities.
deference = polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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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
He could not decide whether she was deliberately building a barrier between them or whether this was intended to make an eventual surrender more significant.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.20
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2  —4 uses as in:
need to deliberate
"This is not as it should be," Dick deliberated.
deliberated = thought about or discussed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.24
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deride
7 uses
"Of all the narrow-minded excuses," McKisco looked around to establish a derisive liaison with some one else, but without success.
derisive = contemptuous (treating as inferior and unworthy of respect)

(editor's note:  By derisive liaison, Fitzgerald is saying that McKisco is looking for someone who will join him in feeling superior.)
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
"I shall not," said Lady Caroline disdainfully.
disdainfully = with a 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
a feat not to be disparaged
disparaged = criticized or made seem unimportant
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.5
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eccentric
3 uses
Well, how can any one tell what's eccentric and what's crazy?
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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formidable
8 uses
She was both formidable and vulnerable,
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
Dick laughed indulgently at Abe, whom he loved, and in whom he had long lost hope:
indulgently = with extra kindness or tolerance
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
He spoke with incisive irony. "Tell a secret over the radio, publish it in a tabloid, but never tell it to a man who drinks more than three or four a day."
irony = saying one thing while meaning something else
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.17
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philanthropy
1 use
in his version he had gone philanthropically to the rescue of a drunken friend.
philanthropically = in a manner that helps others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Now a strong current of emotion flowed through her, profound and unidentified.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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reticent
3 uses
But she is reticent,
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 am here on this tranquil beach with my husband and two children.
tranquil = calm and undisturbed
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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