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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
What you call 'Western civilization.' Do you think it's just an abstract concept? No, it's a living force.
abstract = a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abstract means:
of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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arrogant
2 uses
The Olympians are so arrogant; they never dreamed someone would dare steal from them.
arrogant = having an excessive sense of superiority
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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bronze
20 uses
1  —20 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
Annabeth drew her bronze knife.
bronze = made of a brownish 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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Book20 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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cleave
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
cleave through
There were cloven hooves.
cloven = split (or divided in two)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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converge
2 uses
Everybody converged on the creek as Luke ran across into friendly territory.
converged = came together
DefinitionGenerally converge means:
to come together; or to be adjacent or similar
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
The boy defers to his father.
defers = submits
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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 21
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
...that is forbidden by the most ancient of divine laws.
divine = related to the gods
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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Hades
113 uses
Hades will have your soul!
Hades = Greek mythology:  the god of the underworld (the land of the dead)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Hades means:
Greek mythology:  the god of the underworld (land of the dead); brother of Zeus and Poseidon
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Book113 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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impede
1 use
The point is, kid, you're impeding the war effort.
impeding = making difficulty for
DefinitionGenerally impede means:
create difficulty so as to slow or prevent (something)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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impudent
1 use
I should have blasted him out of the sky for his impudence.
impudence = improper boldness or disrespect
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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impulsive
4 uses
"He is proud and impulsive," Poseidon said.
impulsive = prone to act without forethought
DefinitionGenerally impulsive means:
action without forethought; or such a tendency
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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indignant
3 uses
We exploded on the surface, in the middle of the Santa Monica Bay, knocking a surfer off his board with an indignant, "Dude!"
indignant = anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book3 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12
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lithe
1 use
He lounged on his throne of used human bones, looking lithe, graceful, and dangerous as a panther.
lithe = (like one who could) move and bend with ease
DefinitionGenerally lithe means:
a graceful, flexible body — often implying thinness

or:

graceful, flexible body movement
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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mortal
14 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
mortal body
Few mortals have ever done this and survived:
mortals = humans (especially merely humans)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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nostalgia
1 use
Suddenly I was nostalgic for something I'd never known.
nostalgic = longing for something in the past
DefinitionGenerally nostalgia means:
happiness that come with the memory of good times combined with a hint of sadness that those times are over
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Keep it in perspective
Oh, I love mortals-they have absolutely no sense of perspective.
perspective = a sensible view of a situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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skeptical
3 uses
"It wasn't my fault."
She looked at me skeptically, and I realized it was my fault
skeptically = in a doubtful manner (like she didn't believe me)
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true or worthwhile)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
"I guess ... the chariot," she said tentatively.
tentatively = in an unsure or hesitant manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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tone
6 uses
His tone was kind, but the words still embarrassed me.
tone = the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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Zeus
108 uses
Zeus declared the matter closed!
Zeus = Greek mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
Word Statistics
Book108 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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