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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
All conversation had come to an abrupt halt, so Jeb's words were clear for everyone to hear.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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agony
19 uses
This body had never felt such agony before.
agony = intense feelings of suffering
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
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Book19 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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apathy
3 uses
We flipped through our joint memories apathetically, like switching TV channels without stopping to watch anything in particular.
apathetically = without interest or enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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chagrin
7 uses
The chagrin in her tone was not because I was upset, but because she did not like being wrong.
chagrin = ill feeling of embarrassment
DefinitionGenerally chagrin means:
a bad feeling such as embarrassment, disappointment, or annoyance — especially due to a disconcerting event, mistake or other blow to the ego
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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coherent
7 uses
I was mumbling weak assurances, barely coherent,
coherent = reasonable and understandable
DefinitionGenerally coherent means:
sensible and clear; or describing parts as fitting together in a consistent or pleasing manner
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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complacent
4 uses
Sure, she agreed complacently.
complacently = with contentment  (unworried and happily)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
too discordant to remind me of our songs
discordant = not sounding harmonious (unpleasant sounding)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 40
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
There was nothing Doc could have done, even if he'd been right there with them, a gallon of Heal at his disposal.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 49
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dubious
2 uses
Ian scrutinized my face, his expression dubious.
dubious = doubtful or suspicious
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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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 11
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furtive
2 uses
It had seemed that way in the kitchen, when they'd hung their heads and eyed me with furtive guilt.
furtive = taking pains to avoid being observed (in this case, looking at her without wanting to be seen looking)
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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lucid
5 uses
I felt the sedation wearing off and lucidity taking its place.
lucidity = the capability of thinking clearly
DefinitionGenerally lucid means:
of a person:  capable of thinking clearly

or:

of language:  clearly expressed so it is easily understood
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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mitigate
1 use
Would my conditions mitigate my guilt in this?
mitigate = reduce (make less harmful)
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 50
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obstinate
3 uses
I realized I already did believe, and that I was just being obstinate.
obstinate = stubborn
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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parasitic
22 uses
I am tired of being a parasite.
parasite = person who lives off others' efforts without providing return benefit to them
DefinitionGenerally parasitic means:
of a species that lives on (or in) another species and eats from it without providing return benefit

or:

a person who lives off others' efforts without providing return benefit to them
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Book22 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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perspective   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 10 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
Look at it from her perspective
Somehow, Ian was able to look at things from my perspective,
perspective = way of seeing and thinking about things
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a particular way of seeing or thinking about things
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13
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2  —2 uses as in:
Keep it in perspective
He'll gain some perspective while he's away.
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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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3  —1 use as in:
a perspective of the entire block
I constantly whipped my head around, searching for the fourth marker–a big dome-shaped peak with a missing piece, a curved absence scooped from its side that Melanie had only shown me this morning–as if the perspective would have changed from my last step.
perspective = view (appearance from where looking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a view — often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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scrutiny
5 uses
I scrutinized his face, looking for any change that might indicate that he was about to lie to me.
scrutinized = very carefully looked at

(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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Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a somber mood
"Walt must have been keeping quiet about the pain for a long while now," Ian added somberly.
somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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species
36 uses
In my species, I am the one that bears young.
species = similar group of animals whose members can interbreed
DefinitionGenerally species means:
a group of animals or plants that are similar — typically identified as a group because they can procreate together (reproduce new members of the group)
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Book36 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st usePro.
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