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The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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audible
1 use
She spoke in a barely audible whisper.
audible = capable of being heard
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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beckon
2 uses
I should be studying, but television beckons me.
beckons = calls (in this case by being desirable and inviting)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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belittle
1 use
The gradualness of the change does not belittle its importance.
belittle = make it less important
DefinitionGenerally belittle means:
to make someone or something seem less important
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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carouse
1 use
They were out carousing last night.
carousing = having fun in a noisy manner while drinking alcohol
DefinitionGenerally carouse means:
having fun with others in a noisy manner while drinking alcohol
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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entwined
1 use
Our lives are entwined.
entwined = interconnected or twisted together
DefinitionGenerally entwined means:
interconnected (not easily separated) or twisted together
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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fidget
2 uses
The child is always fidgeting in his seat
fidgeting = making small restless movements
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
to make small restless movements
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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futile
1 use
Resistance is futile.
futile = pointless because it cannot produce anything useful
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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grotesque
2 uses
She was wearing a grotesque mask that was quite disturbing.
grotesque = distorted or ugly
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly, gross, or very wrong
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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limber
3 uses
Yoga has helped me to become more limber.
limber = flexible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of limber means:
of a person's body:  flexible (capable of moving, bending, and stretching easily)

or:

readily adaptable — especially of someone's mind
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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mundane
1 use
I'm going to have to spend all of Saturday running errands and doing mundane chores.
mundane = ordinary — possibly boring
DefinitionGenerally mundane means:
ordinary or lacking interest or excitement — possibly to the point of being boring

or more rarely:

belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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oblivious
1 use
She is oblivious to the dangers.
oblivious = unaware of
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 36
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perversion
1 use
It was an unacceptable perversion of justice.
perversion = the conversion of something to a wrong use
DefinitionGenerally perversion means:
the conversion of something so it is not what it should be — especially a sexual practice considered unacceptable by society
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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promenade
3 uses
The ladies promenaded along the beach
promenaded = walked leisurely in a public place
DefinitionGenerally promenade means:
a public pathway for leisurely walking — especially one near the ocean

or:

walking leisurely — especially in a public place
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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recoil
1 use
She recoiled in horror.
recoiled = suddenly moved back (away from)
DefinitionGenerally recoil means:
to move backward suddenly (sometimes figuratively)
especially:
  • the backward jerk of a gun or cannon when it is fired
  • when a person flinches (suddenly draws back) from someone or something, as with fear, disgust, or pain
  • when a person is emotionally repulsed, as by disgust
  • when something intended to go in one direction figuratively falls back in the opposite direction; for example, a story told to hurt someone that comes back to hurt the teller
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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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 8
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scanty
1 use
I had a strong suspicion, but scanty evidence.
scanty = small in amount
DefinitionGenerally scanty means:
small in amount — often inadequate

or:

of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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serene
1 use
While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
serenely = calmly and peacefully
DefinitionGenerally serene means:
calm and untroubled
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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stupor
1 use
Someone stole her purse while she was in a drunken stupor.
stupor = a state in which there is little ability to think
DefinitionGenerally stupor means:
a state in which there is little ability to think — as from being very sleepy, drunk, or stunned
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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subside
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
her anger subsided
I couldn't think clearly until the pain subsided.
subsided = became less severe
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subside means:
become less intense, less severe, or less active — perhaps going away entirely
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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