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accord
11 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book11 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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acrimony
1 use
The meeting ended in acrimony.
acrimony = bitterness or anger
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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cease
5 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Book5 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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condensation
1 use
She slipped on a sidewalk made wet by condensation from an air conditioner.
condensation = the process or result of becoming more dense — especially a liquid formed from a gas as when water collects on the side of a cold glass
DefinitionGenerally condensation means:
the process or result of becoming more dense in various senses — such as:
  • liquid formed from a gas—as when water collects on the side of a cold glass
  • an abridgement or shortened version of writing
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Familiarity breeds contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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emaciated
1 use
She was emaciated, but the doctor said the chemotherapy cured her cancer.
emaciated = unhealthfully thin
DefinitionGenerally emaciated means:
very thin — especially from disease or hunger or cold
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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grave
1 use
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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harangue
1 use
My parents continuously harangue me about my grades.
harangue = annoyingly try to persuade or criticize
DefinitionGenerally harangue means:
to try to persuade, or to criticize in an impassioned and often annoying manner; or a speech with such an intent
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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hygiene
1 use
Many illnesses, especially diarrhea, can be prevented by good hygiene.
hygiene = practices promoting sanitary conditions
DefinitionGenerally hygiene means:
practices promoting the prevention of illness and maintenance of health — such as cleanliness or promoting sanitary conditions
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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importune
1 use
She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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impudent
1 use
She is an impudent girl given to insulting strangers.
impudent = improperly bold or disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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inevitable
1 use
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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luminous
2 uses
The sky was luminous with stars.
luminous = glowing or shining
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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obliterate
1 use
Hillary Clinton warned Iran that the U.S. could obliterate them if they were foolish enough to attack Israel.
obliterate = do away with completely
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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putrid
1 use
The meat was putrid and covered with maggots.
putrid = in an advanced state of decomposition with a foul odor
DefinitionGenerally putrid means:
rotting (an advanced state of decomposition) with a foul odor; or anything that is disgusting
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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serene
3 uses
While I lie awake worrying, she sleeps serenely.
serenely = calmly and peacefully
DefinitionGenerally serene means:
calm and untroubled
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Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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sinuous
1 use
There is a sinuous road up the mountain.
sinuous = curving in and out
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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solicitous
1 use
It's a mid-price hotel in a great location with a solicitous staff.
solicitous = showing great care or concern for someone (in this case, for guests)
DefinitionGenerally solicitous means:
showing great care or concern for someone
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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suburban
6 uses
She drives from her home in the suburbs to her office downtown.
suburbs = residential districts located on the outskirts of a city (near the city, but far from the center of it)
DefinitionGenerally suburban means:
relating to a residential district located on the outskirts of a city (near the city, but far from the center of it)
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Book6 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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tremulous
1 use
She spoke timidly in a tremulous voice.
tremulous = quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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