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aversion
3 uses
It's probably just my well-documented aversion to school.
aversion = dislike that leads to avoidance
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a candid photograph
At the end of every school year there was the annual slide show, full of candid shots that hadn't made the yearbook.
candid = unposed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
unposed — typically said of a photograph
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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coherent
1 use
She was coherent, but barely; she was tired, the drugs made her woozy, and she kept closing her eyes.
coherent = able to think logically and express herself clearly
DefinitionGenerally coherent means:
sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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conjure
1 use
"Sorry," I said, and I couldn't believe he was here, in my yard, like some kind of ghost I'd conjured up with wishful thinking.
conjured = summoned into action or brought into existence — often as if by magic
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
He walked like a little old man, slowly and deliberately.
deliberately = done with great care — often slowly
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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divert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
divert her attention
"Second," he said loudly, ignoring me, "try to divert them by mentioning anything about your therapist."
divert = distract (in this case, people's thinking)

(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in undiverted means not and reverses the meaning of diverted. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divert means:
to distract someone's attention or (more rarely) to entertain
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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dominate
2 uses
The way my mother held her tongue when I knew she was dying to offer an opinion, to dominate a conversation-to be my mother.
dominate = to control; or to be most influential
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, abundant, important, or conspicuous
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Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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eccentric
2 uses
But my Grandma Halley was kind of wild, a little eccentric, more so in the ten years since my grandfather had died.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 11
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elated
1 use
someone was saying in a bored voice from the front desk, and whatever elation I was experiencing screeched to a halt.
elation = feeling of happiness and excitement

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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enigma
1 use
By leaving the popular crowd, Michael Sherwood became an enigma.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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furtive
1 use
"Well, I heard Noah was drunk," she said, whispering the last word and taking a furtive look around.
furtive = taking pains to avoid being observed or heard
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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gist
1 use
The basic gist was this: ...
gist = the main point(s) of a more detailed matter
DefinitionGenerally gist means:
the main point(s) of a more detailed matter

or:

law:  the grounds for a legal action
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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hypocrite
1 use
I thought I could make out the word hypocrite.
hypocrite = someone who violates claimed moral standards
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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indignant
4 uses
I was trying to be indignant but he was so cute.
indignant = angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book4 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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inevitable
1 use
Twice at his house, on Friday nights as we lay in his bed, so close it seemed inevitable.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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joust
4 uses
"They don't joust," Marion grumbled,
joust = a contest in which knights attempt to knock each other off horses with blunted lances
DefinitionGenerally joust means:
a contest in which knights attempt to knock each other off horses with blunted lances

or:

any kind of contest
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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precede
3 uses
As a Boy with a Reputation, his neighborhood legend preceded him.
preceded = came before (in this case, his legend was known before he was met)
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
Mr. Averby just looked tired, beaten. resigned.
resigned = like one who had accepted something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 13
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scrutiny
1 use
We'd all watch attentively as Coach scrutinized it.
scrutinized = looked at very carefully

(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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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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solemn
3 uses
His face was stony, solemn, as he stared at me, holding a Coke in his hand.
solemn = serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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Book3 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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