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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

or more rarely:

describing someone as distracted — thinking about something outside of the immediate conversation or circumstances
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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bronze
34 uses
Annabeth drew her bronze knife.
bronze = made of a reddish brown metal that consists of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally bronze means:
a reddish brown metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin

or:

the reddish-brown color of the metal (such as a bronze tan)

or:

something made of the alloy — such as a sculpture
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Book34 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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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1st useChapter 21
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dissipate
2 uses
The spirits made muffled hisses as they dissipated, like the air let out of tires.
dissipated = gradually disappeared
DefinitionGenerally dissipate means:
to gradually disappear; or to gradually waste
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1st useChapter 20
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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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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elated
1 use
Then I heard yelling, elated screams, and I saw Luke racing toward the boundary line with the red team's banner lifted high.
elated = had a feeling of happiness and excitement
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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1st useChapter 8
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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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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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1st useChapter 21
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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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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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 that considers its different parts in a balanced way
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1st useChapter 5
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pretense
1 use
You dare keep up this pretense, after what you have done?
pretense = deception (pretending something is true)
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
She seemed resigned to the fact that I had a major talent for ticking off the gods.
resigned = to have accepted as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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revere
1 use
Reverently, he placed the shoe box in my lap.
reverently = in a very respectful manner
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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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 more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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spontaneous
1 use
"Spontaneous combustion is a form of harm, Mr. D," Chiron put in.
spontaneous = happening without apparent external cause

(editor's note:  Spontaneous combustion refers to something bursting into flame without apparent cause.)
DefinitionGenerally spontaneous means:
happening or arising without plan (naturally)

or:

behaving in an instinctive, uninhibited manner (unplanned)

or:

happening without apparent external cause
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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taint
1 use
I must go personally to purify this thunderbolt in the waters of Lemnos, to remove the human taint from its metal.
taint = contamination (that makes it less desirable)
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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1st useChapter 21
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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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Library6 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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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usurp
1 use
Now, a god cannot usurp another god's symbol of power directly-
usurp = seize or take control of
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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1st useChapter 9
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