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The Invisible Man by Wells
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alacrity
2 uses
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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1st useChapter 10
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alternative
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an alternative plan
Let's think of at least three alternatives before we decide what to do.
alternatives = possibilities
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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desist
1 use
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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1st useChapter 27
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explicit
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
explicit instructions
She gave us explicit instructions.
explicit = precisely and clearly expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 18
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grotesque
7 uses
The disease causes grotesque deformity.
grotesque = ugly distorted
DefinitionGenerally grotesque means:
distorted and unnatural in shape or size — especially in a disturbing way

or:

ugly or gross
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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irascible
1 use
She has an irascible nature at the best of times, but be especially careful to avoid her early in the morning.
irascible = easily angered
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1st useChapter 26
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parsimonious
1 use
Ebenezer Scrooge was parsimonious in Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
parsimonious = (having the trait of) extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
DefinitionGenerally parsimonious means:
extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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1st useEpil.
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penury
1 use
The couple suffered from substance abuse, gambling, lack of family support, and other social ills that lead to penury.
penury = extreme poverty
DefinitionGenerally penury means:
a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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1st useChapter 4
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perplex
6 uses
Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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precipitate
1 use
1  —1 use
adj as in: a precipitate decision
I had planned to ask her, but she made a precipitate departure.
precipitate = sudden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of precipitate means:
acting with great haste — often without adequate thought
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1st useChapter 28
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prosaic
1 use
It was a prosaic and unimaginative essay.
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
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resolute
6 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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soliloquy
1 use
Perhaps the best known soliloquy is written by Shakespeare in Hamlet:  "To be, or not to be: that is the question..."
soliloquy = a speech you make to yourself or as a long uninterrupted part of a conversation
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1st useChapter 3
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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1st useChapter 28
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tumult   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
couldn't hear over the tumult
The announcement was greeted with such a tumult that the speaker couldn't be heard.
tumult = loud noise — usually created by an unrestrained crowd or some kind of confusion
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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2  —1 use as in:
tumult in financial markets
There is tumult in Tijuana as drug cartels fight for control.
tumult = confusion or disorder
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
confusion or disorder — often noisy
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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vociferous
3 uses
She complained vociferously.
vociferously = with forceful energy
DefinitionGenerally vociferous means:
expressed with forceful energy — often loud and sometimes offensive
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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