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Mrs. Dalloway
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appalling
7 uses
The live in appalling conditions.
appalling = shockingly terrible or horrible
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Book7 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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apprehensive
1 use
She is apprehensive about her new job.
apprehensive = worried over possible misfortune
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bestow
5 uses
They gave her the highest honor they can bestow.
bestow = give (as an honor)
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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brandish
5 uses
She brandished a sword.
brandished = the act of waving something or exhibiting something aggressively
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condescending
2 uses
She gave me that condescending look as though I wasn't worthy to ask her a question.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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consequence
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
Think carefully. This is a consequential decision.
consequential = important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = postpone or delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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detestable
4 uses
I think Umbridge is the most detestable character in the Harry Potter books.
detestable = deserving intense dislike
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dwindle
6 uses
Her savings dwindled down
dwindled = decreased
DefinitionGenerally dwindle means:
to decrease — in count or substance
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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emigrate
5 uses
Many people had to emigrate during the Nazi period
emigrate = leave a country of residence to move to another country
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formidable
5 uses
She is a formidable opponent.
formidable = intimidating or impressive
DefinitionGenerally formidable means:
intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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indomitable
5 uses
She is remembered for her indomitable spirit.
indomitable = impossible to subdue
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moreover
3 uses
The company has too much debt. Moreover, it is responsible for a long term lease on expensive office space.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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presumption
16 uses
1  —16 uses as in:
presumption of innocence
I presumed she was an expert since she spoke so confidently.
presumed = assumed something was true without proof
DefinitionGenerally this sense of presumption means:
something thought of as true without proof
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Book16 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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rapture
5 uses
She was in rapture as the chorus sang Bach's Hallelujah Chorus.
rapture = a feeling of ecstasy (extreme happiness)
DefinitionGenerally rapture means:
feeling ecstasy (extreme happiness)

or more rarely:

Christianity:  a state of spiritual ecstasy; or the foretold time of the second coming of Jesus when believers are expected to go to Heaven
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recollect
3 uses
I think I recollect that she was away at college that year.
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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regent
21 uses
The California Board of Regents voted to increase student fees 32% at all University of California schools.
regents = members of a governing board
DefinitionGenerally regent means:
a member of a governing board — especially at a state university

or:

someone who rules a country temporarily while the king or queen is too young, too sick, or away
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Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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Shakespeare
20 uses
As Shakespeare said, "The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose."
Shakespeare = English dramatist and poet frequently cited as the greatest writer in the English language (1564-1616)
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Book20 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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superficial
3 uses
She has only superficial knowledge on the subject.
superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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trifle with
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
trifling = things of little importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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