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Early Cases Of Hercule Poirot
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acquiesce
2 uses
She is opposed, but will ultimately acquiesce to the will of the majority.
acquiesce = reluctantly comply
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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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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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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denounce
2 uses
She denounced him as a liar.
denounced = strongly criticized or accused publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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elaborate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
elaborate on your plan
Please elaborate on the reasons you think this is the best plan.
elaborate = explain in detail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
add details or explain in detail
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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2  —4 uses as in:
an elaborate design
It's part of her elaborate plan for getting accepted at Harvard.
elaborate = complicated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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empower
1 use
The Constitution empowers the Vice President to cast tie-breaking votes in the Senate.
empowers = gives power or authority to
DefinitionGenerally empower means:
give or delegate authority or power to

or:

give knowledge or confidence to someone that permits doing something
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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enigma
2 uses
As Churchill said about Russia, it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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grave
14 uses
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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Book14 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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inquest
4 uses
The coroner's inquest ruled the death a homicide.
inquest = formal inquiry or investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquest means:
a formal inquiry or investigation — typically into the cause of an unexpected death or other undesirable event
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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malevolent
1 use
She tells vicious lies and spreads malevolent rumors.
malevolent = evil
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil:
  • of a person:  wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing:  exerting an evil or harmful influence
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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meticulous
1 use
She is a meticulous researcher who takes pride in a thorough job.
meticulous = treating details with great care
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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obstinate
3 uses
She is an obstinate child who will not follow the family rules.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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pious
1 use
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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prudent
1 use
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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reprehensible
1 use
Cheating is reprehensible.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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reticent
2 uses
She was reticent initially, but eventually she opened up.
reticent = reluctant — usually to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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revere
2 uses
Many fans revere Michael Jordan as one of the greatest basketball players of all time.
revere = regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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scrupulous
2 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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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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scrutiny
3 uses
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
scrutinized = looked very carefully at
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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zeal
2 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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