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ameliorate
4 uses
The drug ameliorates the toxic effects of chemotherapy.
ameliorates = improves (something that is bad)
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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apathy
3 uses
Seeing too much senior apathy, the high school began having juniors declare a major for their senior year.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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ascetic
6 uses
The ascetic life has been more pronounced in Hinduism and Buddhism than in other major religions.
ascetic = the practice of 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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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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capricious
12 uses
Nothing seems more capricious than a tornado.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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constraint
3 uses
Both sides have demonstrated a lack of constraint in the discussions.
constraint = staying within limits (in this case restraining themselves from saying things that make it hard to work together)
DefinitionGenerally constraint means:
something that limits something's motion or someone's actions; or the state of being so limited
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.1
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depravity
2 uses
It is a terrible story of an innocent who trusted a man who treated her with ruthless depravity.
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
She described the loud discordant music as a form of torture.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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engender
9 uses
The police in Mexico don't engender confidence.
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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expedient
23 uses
It was a necessary expedient to get the job done.
expedient = a speedy or practical action

(The word necessary, implies that there were undesired aspects of the action.)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Book23 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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famished
3 uses
I'm famished. I need something to eat.
famished = extremely hungry
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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heresy
4 uses
It is a hardline form of Sunni Islam that condemns all other strains as heresy.
heresy = something immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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impetuous
11 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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opulent
9 uses
We were impressed by her opulent home.
opulent = magnificent and luxurious — usually expensive
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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ostentatious
3 uses
Although wealthy, the family is not ostentatious.
ostentatious = showy (trying to attract notice and impress others in a manner seen as in bad taste)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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philanthropy
10 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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sagacious
14 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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scrupulous
7 uses
You can count on her. She is scrupulous in her work.
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically and/or diligently
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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supple
6 uses
Yoga keeps my body supple.
supple = moving and bending easily
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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venerate
27 uses
Most contemporary Hindus do not actually worship the cow; though many venerate her.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.9
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