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amiable
5 uses
I refused—not because I had anything against him; he seemed a mild, amiable man.
amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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compunction
1 use
This man has, I repeat, no place in a community whose basic principles he flouts without compunction.
compunction = regret or guilt
DefinitionGenerally compunction means:
guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
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1st useChapter 2.4
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distend
1 use
I hadn't grasped how days could be at once long and short. Long, no doubt, as periods to live through, but so distended that they ended up by overlapping on each other.
distended = extended
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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1st useChapter 2.2
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dubious
1 use
a man "of more than dubious reputation."
dubious = doubtful or suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.4
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an elaborate wink
The only things that really caught my attention were occasional phrases, his gestures, and some elaborate tirades.
elaborate = exaggerated (possibly with much detail and complexity)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
to exaggerate an action
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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futile
2 uses
But, when I had to drop my studies, I very soon realized all that was pretty futile.
futile = pointless (because it is unproductive)
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 2.4
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gesticulate
1 use
She was wedged between a small old woman with tight-set lips and a fat matron, without a hat, who was talking shrilly and gesticulated all the time.
gesticulated = made gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking
DefinitionGenerally gesticulate means:
to make gestures (hand or body movements) while speaking or to express something
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1st useChapter 2.2
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
he remarked in a slightly ironic tone that obviously this was a "delicate topic" and he could enter into the young lady's feelings, but—and here his voice grew sterner—his duty obliged him to waive considerations of delicacy.
ironic = saying one thing while meaning the opposite
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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1st useChapter 2.3
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languid
3 uses
On the whole, however, they seemed languid and exhausted.
languid = to lack energy
DefinitionGenerally languid means:
lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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malicious
2 uses
They looked harmless enough, as if they didn't bear any malice,
malice = desire to see others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.6
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meticulous
1 use
When I'd finished mine she was still ticking off items with the same meticulous attention.
meticulous = treating details with great care
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1st useChapter 1.5
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palaver
1 use
Anyhow, after some palavering among the bench, the Prosecutor, and my counsel, the presiding judge announced that the court would now rise; there was an adjournment till the afternoon, when evidence would be taken.
palavering = talking
DefinitionGenerally palaver means:
talk — typically empty talk or flattery
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1st useChapter 2.3
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perturb
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she was perturbed
Here the lawyer interrupted me, looking greatly perturbed.
perturbed = disturbed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perturb means:
to disturb in mind or make uneasy
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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plausible
3 uses
In one way it sounded most unlikely; in another, it was plausible enough.
plausible = reasonable
DefinitionGenerally plausible means:
apparently reasonable, but unproven
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.2
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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled their differences
Somehow it was an idea to which I never could get reconciled.
reconciled = comfortable (agree with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to bring into agreement
The exact meaning of reconcile can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "We reconciled our differences and are on friendly terms now." — settled or found a way to accept
  • "They did break up, but they reconciled since then." — made up
  • "I need to reconcile my goals with my abilities." — make compatible
  • "I need to reconcile my checkbook." — get the checkbook numbers and the bank statement to agree
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.1
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reproach
3 uses
But he didn't sound reproachful; he simply wanted to know.
reproachful = full of criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1.1
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solicitous
1 use
I noticed that his manner seemed genuinely solicitous when he said, "My poor young man"—but I was beginning to have enough of it.
solicitous = showing great care or concern for another
DefinitionGenerally solicitous means:
showing care or concern for someone
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1st useChapter 2.1
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superficial
1 use
He now proposed ... certain matters which, on a superficial view, might seem foreign to the case, but actually were highly relevant.
superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating
DefinitionGenerally superficial means:
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.3
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taciturn
1 use
He led off by remarking that I had the reputation of being a taciturn, rather self-centered person,
taciturn = with a tendency to be reserved and not to talk
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1st useChapter 2.1
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tedious
1 use
I already felt worlds away from this courtroom and its tedious "proceedings."
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.4
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