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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
He laughed, and the mood abruptly lightened.
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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alleviate
2 uses
The lights inside were bright, but they did little to alleviate the blackness of the encroaching forest.
alleviate = lessen (especially something bad)
DefinitionGenerally alleviate means:
to lessen something that is bad — especially to lessen pain
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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bewilder
10 uses
He was bewildered, obviously not thinking in that direction at all.
bewildered = confused
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book10 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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complacent
1 use
"Don't let that make you complacent, though," he warned me.
complacent = contented (often to a fault)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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contrite
2 uses
He was instantly contrite.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for an offense
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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deliberate   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 9 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
He pointed us out in groups, deliberately not calling attention to individuals.
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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2  —7 uses as in:
need to deliberate
I deliberated for a moment, and decided she meant it.
deliberated = thought
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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Book7 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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3  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
With deliberate slowness, his hands slid down the sides of my neck.
deliberate = careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
done with great care — often slowly
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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disparage
2 uses
He gave me a disparaging look as he chewed.
disparaging = criticizing
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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dubious
3 uses
"Oh, come on," I said dubiously.
dubiously = doubtfully
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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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8
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evade   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
evade the enemy
I hurried from the girls' locker room, pleased to find that I had successfully evaded my retriever friend for the moment.
evaded = use cunning or dexterity to physically avoid
DefinitionGenerally this sense of evade means:
physically avoid or get away from; or: said of something that is hard to obtain
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
evade the question
"I thought we were past all the evasiveness," I grumbled.
evasiveness = the act of trying to avoid answering questions candidly (with direct answers)

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of evade means:
to avoid or try to avoid either a responsibility or telling the whole truth
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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incredulous
13 uses
Something outside the possibility of rational justification was taking place in front of my incredulous eyes.
incredulous = unbelieving
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book13 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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indifferent
6 uses
I wanted to see his face, to see if he'd gone back to the cold, indifferent person I'd known for the last several weeks.
indifferent = unconcerned (without 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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Book6 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 22
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morose
3 uses
Jacob asked, his voice morose.
morose = unhappy
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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muse
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
her musings
"Hmmm..." he mused.
mused = thought deeply on a subject
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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Book10 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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ostentatious
3 uses
Ostentatious, isn't it?
ostentatious = showy (intended to attract notice and impress others)
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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scrutiny
8 uses
He scrutinized my face.
scrutinized = carefully looked

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Book8 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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skeptical
6 uses
His voice was deeply skeptical.
skeptical = doubtful (that something is true)
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true or worthwhile)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 11
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suppress
7 uses
I suppressed my curiosity, though it was far from idle.
suppressed = tried to keep under control
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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