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aesthetic
2 uses
It was not aesthetically pleasing.
aesthetically = in a manner that is beautiful or tasteful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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assault
9 uses
I was assaulted by a man in a mask.
assaulted = attacked
DefinitionGenerally assault means:
to attack someone or something physically or verbally; or to threaten violence
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Book9 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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assuage
1 use
The panel will have an equal number of Democrats and Republicans to help assuage concern that it could be used for political ends.
assuage = to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
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complacent
1 use
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 7
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daunt
1 use
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
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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deride
2 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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discrepancy
2 uses
She is on paid leave while the accounting discrepancy is investigated.
discrepancy = a difference between two things expected to be in agreement
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1st useChapter 17
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dubious
1 use
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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1st useChapter 19
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guile
1 use
Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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increment
2 uses
They charge for international calls in six second increments.
increments = regular measures of increase
DefinitionGenerally increment means:
an increase — especially in small, consistent amounts; or the amount of increase
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indifferent
2 uses
About a third are in favor of the change, a third are opposed, and a third are indifferent.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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laser
9 uses
The nightclub has a laser light show.†
laser = an optical device that produces an intense monochromatic beam of coherent light
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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recite
6 uses
She recited a poem.
recited = said the lines of
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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revere
3 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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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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scrupulous
1 use
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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1st useChapter 1
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scrutiny
1 use
She scrutinized her reflection in the mirror.
scrutinized = looked very carefully at
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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sedate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she is sedate
a quiet sedate nature
sedate = calm and dignified
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tenacious
1 use
She is as tenacious as a bulldog.
tenacious = determined and persistent
DefinitionGenerally tenacious means:
persistent and unyielding
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1st useChapter 2
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ubiquitous
1 use
We are all familiar with the company's ubiquitous advertisements.
ubiquitous = being present everywhere or all the time
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1st useChapter 16
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vacillate
1 use
She was determined and did not vacillate in the least.
vacillate = to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
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1st useChapter 15
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