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amorous
1 use
It recounts splendid imaginary amorous adventures of a perfect English gentleman in an intensely romantic land, the scenery of which is very well described.
amorous = sexual or romantic
DefinitionGenerally amorous means:
with sexual desire; or relating to sex or feelings of romantic love
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bankrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
company went bankrupt
How did you go bankrupt?
bankrupt = legally declared to be unable to pay money that is owed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bankrupt means:
legally declared to be unable to pay money that is owed

or (informally):  the state of having little or no money
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Belmonte's jaw came further out in contempt
contempt = showing a lack or respect (in this case for the crowd)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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daunt
9 uses
Only let's not get daunted.
daunted = discouraged or intimidated
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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deduction
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deduction from the bill
I got out my check-book and deducted four checks drawn since the first of the month, and discovered I had a balance of $1832.60.
deducted = subtracted (from the previous balance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deduction means:
an amount subtracted from another amount
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
It was just very clear and bright, and inclined to blur at the edges.
inclined = tended
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 2
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
You ought to be ironical the minute you get out of bed.
ironical = point out when what is happens is very different than what might be expected

(The Friends have never called themselves Quakers.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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liable
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is liable to
insisted Mrs. Braddocks, who in the excitement of talking French was liable to have no idea what she was saying.
liable = likely to; or maybe going to
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monastery
4 uses
We were standing in front of the old chapel of the monastery.
monastery = the residence of a religious community
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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peasant
6 uses
and watched the motorbuses come in and unload peasants from the country coming in to the market,
peasants = used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  people of low income, education, and social standing — especially those who raise crops or livestock
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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perfunctory
1 use
The steer came up to him and made as though to nose at him and the bull hooked perfunctorily.
perfunctorily = without much interest or effort
DefinitionGenerally perfunctory means:
done without much interest or effort — especially as when dispensing with a formality
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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pilgrim
4 uses
a priest who was coming back with one of the returning streams of pilgrims.
pilgrims = someone on a religious journey
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pilgrim means:
someone who journeys to a special place — typically a difficult journey to a sacred place as an act of religious devotion
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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plateau
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
found on the plateau
...you could see the plateau of Pamplona rising out of the plain,
plateau = high land that is reasonably flat
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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quaint
3 uses
They come to see the last day of the quaint little Spanish fiesta... .
quaint = unusual in an interesting or pleasing way — especially when old-fashioned
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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resolve
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I remember resolving that I would stay up all night to watch the bulls go through the streets at six o'clock in the morning,
resolving = deciding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 2
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sallow
5 uses
His face was sallow under the light.
sallow = an unhealthy pale of yellowish complexion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sallow means:
an unhealthy pale of yellowish complexion; or to cause such a complexion
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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simulate
2 uses
since the death of Joselito all the bull-fighters had been developing a technique that simulated this appearance of danger in order to give a fake emotional feeling, while the bull-fighter was really safe.
simulated = imitated
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 2
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sober   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Talk to me when your sober.
You're wonderfully sober.
sober = not under the influence of alcohol
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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2  —1 use as in:
I need to sober up.
He sobered up afterward... .
sobered up = became less drunk (or got completely past drunkenness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sober up means:
to become less drunk
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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Vienna
13 uses
We had a good time while he was in Paris, and then he went off to Vienna.
Vienna = the capital and largest city of Austria; located on the Danube in northeastern Austria
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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