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acute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
acute sense of smell
You ARE acute.
acute = sharp (highly perceptive or intelligent)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acute means:
sharp (highly perceptive in some area or mentally sharp)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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agitate
9 uses
...she had passed a night of extreme unrest, a night agitated above all by fears that...
agitated = disturbed
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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Book9 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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allude
9 uses
NEVER, by a slip of the tongue, have they so much as alluded to either of their old friends,
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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austere
1 use
It was a dreadfully austere inquiry, but levity was not our note,
austere = having a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or fun
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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blasphemy
1 use
...it seemed blasphemous not to thank God.
blasphemous = disrespectful of something sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
She stood there in so much of her candor and so little of her nightgown, with...
candor = honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
continue to defer to the old tradition of
defer = submit (in this case, to submit to the old tradition rather than try other things)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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depravity
2 uses
...my full vision—on the evidence—of our employer's late clever, good-looking "own" man; impudent, assured, spoiled, depraved.
depraved = completely immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
He found the most divine little way to keep me quiet while she went off.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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forbearance
2 uses
I forbore, for the moment, to analyze this description further...
forbore = refrained (held back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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hideous
10 uses
For there again, against the glass ... was the hideous author of our woe—the white face of damnation.
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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Book10 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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impudent
2 uses
...our employer's late clever, good-looking "own" man; impudent, assured, spoiled, depraved.
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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indifferent
2 uses
No doubt, though his indifference must have been awful.
indifference = lack of interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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infamous
4 uses
Miss Jessel—WAS infamous.
infamous = having an exceedingly bad reputation
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literally   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
literally--not figuratively
It literally made me bound forward.
literally = actually (not figuratively; not an exaggeration)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of literally means:
actually true using the basic meaning of the words (not an exaggeration, metaphor, or other type of figurative speech)
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Book5 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —5 uses as in:
literally at death's door
I seemed literally to be running a race with some confusion to which he was about to reduce me, but I felt that he had got in first when, before we had even entered the churchyard, he threw out— "I want my own sort!"
literally = an intensifier (to intensify what is said)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of literally means:
an intensifier (to intensify what is said — especially a metaphor)
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I perceived an agitation of the window blind,
perceived = saw (became aware of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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reproach
5 uses
There was a unanimous groan at this, and much reproach;
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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scanty
5 uses
The scene had a greatness that made it a different affair from my own scant home,
scant = small
DefinitionGenerally scanty means:
small in amount — often inadequate

or:

of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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scarcity
9 uses
I scarce know how to put my story into words...
scarce = hardly (by a small margin)
DefinitionGenerally scarcity means:
shortage (having an amount that is less than desired)
Word Statistics
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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