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bronze
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The pockmarked beggar scratched the stubble of his beard, took off his threadbare beret and trudged through the bronze doors of the small church in Neuilly-sur-Seine.
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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1st useChapter 25
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candid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a candid photograph
And, yes, two candid shots of someone mounted for a polo match.†
candid = unposed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
unposed — typically said of a photograph
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1st useChapter 19
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clandestine
5 uses
we've extracted them all from the clandestine archives,
clandestine = hidden
DefinitionGenerally clandestine means:
secret; or conducted with or marked by hidden aims or methods
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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delta   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
river delta
...his vast plantation in the Mekong delta.
delta = where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delta means:
a typically triangular area with sand or soil where a river divides before entering a larger body of water
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1st useChapter 14
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2  —3 uses as in:
delta wing aircraft
He was simply 'Delta' to me.
delta = 4th letter of the Greek alphabet (used as a designation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of delta means:
the 4th letter of the Greek alphabet; or an object shaped like its capital form (like an equilateral triangle)
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1st useChapter 16
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discern
5 uses
He had to concentrate on the space around them, at whatever movement-however slight-he might discern in the shadows of the large parking lot.
discern = notice
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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1st useChapter 9
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
The entire business had taken an hour and twenty minutes, only one discordant note intruding on the smooth proceedings.
discordant = conflicting
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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1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
It clattered as the board lit up with incoming calls that made no connections, answered only with discordant hums.
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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1st useChapter 14
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dubious
2 uses
The man stood motionless, his dubious integrity challenged.
dubious = doubtful or suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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1st useChapter 6
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ebullient
2 uses
"She was so charming, I simply must do something for her," cried Marie in ebullient French.
ebullient = happy and energetic
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
A delicate balance had to be found in the telling, parameters established as to time and the general's immediate contributions.†
established = set
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 33
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2  —3 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
Bodies charred beyond recognition or simply gone. The identities of the dead, however, clearly established.†
established = determined (figured out)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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1st useChapter 16
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futile
8 uses
She moved her hand quickly from the wheel, grabbing the purse in a futile attempt to keep it from him.
futile = useless (pointless effort)
DefinitionGenerally futile means:
effort that is pointless because it is unproductive or unsuccessful
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1st useChapter 35
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impetuous
1 use
You may think I'm impetuous; I assure you I'm not.
impetuous = impulsive (acting 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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1st useChapter 14
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Monsieur
142 uses
You're most kind, monsieur.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
His thinning dark hair was singed and brushed to obscure the bald spots; his eyes were encased in small rolls of flesh, attesting to long hours with good wine.
obscure = hide
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 6
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2  —3 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
The magazine was folded open to a page on which there was a sketch of a bearded man, the lines rough, inconclusive, as if drawn from an obscure description.
obscure = not clearly seen or expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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1st useChapter 4
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3  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
Oh, I suppose it's there in some obscure psychological theory somewhere, two reasonably intelligent people thrown into hell together and crawling out ... together.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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1st useChapter 10
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redundant
1 use
"I'll make certain next time certainly," said Bourne, the redundancy intended,
redundancy = repetition (more than is needed)
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
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1st useChapter 11
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relevant
9 uses
Yes, but it doesn't matter; it's not relevant.
relevant = meaningful to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 14
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