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The Princess Diaries

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abject
1 use
While people are worrying about things like the fact that a deli is overcharging some people by five cents for gingko biloba rings, there are human beings walking around our school in abject misery because no one will even say Good morning to them, or How was your weekend?†
abject = extreme
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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1st useChapter 4
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accord
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
...to exercise the rights of sovereignty in accordance with the political and economic interests of neighboring France...
accordance = keeping (or agreement)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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Book9 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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amnesia
1 use
Because how many times in real life does anybody ever get amnesia?†
amnesia = loss of memory
DefinitionGenerally amnesia means:
loss of memory (partial or total)
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1st useChapter 5
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attain
1 use
His efforts have resulted in a nation that has the highest literacy rate in Europe, some of the best educational attainment rates, and the lowest infant mortality, inflation, and unemployment rates in the Western Hemisphere.†
attainment = the gaining or reaching of something with effort; or something gained with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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blatant
1 use
Lilly has decided to secretly videotape the Hos to gather evidence of their blatantly preferential treatment of Asian Americans.†
blatantly = in an obvious manner
DefinitionGenerally blatant means:
obvious — often without any attempt to hide bad behavior
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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boycott
10 uses
She's calling for a school-wide boycott of Ho's Deli.†
boycott = to refuse to buy things (from someone) or to refuse to participate in an activity (with someone) in order to express disapproval
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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capitalism
3 uses
In denying workers the value of what they have produced, the capitalists are undermining their own economic system.
capitalists = people who believe in an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment

or:

people who are wealthy and clearly benefit from an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses
DefinitionGenerally capitalism means:
an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment — with the belief that voluntary exchanges harness inborn self-interest in millions of decisions that benefit society
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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compel
1 use
I don't know what compelled me to tell the truth in the first place.†
compelled = forced; or (more rarely) convinced
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5
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convoluted
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convoluted thinking
My life is a convoluted web of lies.
convoluted = complex
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convoluted means:
complex — often more complex than necessary
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diversity
15 uses
Now if anybody asks me to the Cultural Diversity Dance next month (yeah, right) I won't be able to wear a strapless dress because there isn't anything on my chest to hold it up.†
diversity = the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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however
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
However, complications may...
Josh's friends, however, went right on eating.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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hypocrite
2 uses
If Lilly were still speaking to me, I know she'd say men are such hypocrites.†
hypocrites = people who violate moral standards they claim to hold
DefinitionGenerally hypocrite means:
someone who violates claimed moral standards
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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infuriate
2 uses
And the two of them looked at each other in that infuriating way guys look at each other sometimes, like they have this secret.†
infuriating = causing much anger or annoyance
DefinitionGenerally infuriate means:
to make very angry or annoyed
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
I started yelling even more about personal integrity and how I refused to sell my soul...
integrity = having strong moral principles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of integrity means:
having strong moral principles — especially honesty
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 4
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
It was sort of ironic that while I was trying to decide this Lilly's brother came into the room.
ironic = an entertaining coincidence when what happens is not what might be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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1st useChapter 2
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listless
2 uses
Of course I'm listless!†
listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 3
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monarchy
2 uses
Lilly: Well, if you want to tolerate the excesses of the monarchy, you can be my guest, Michael.†
monarchy = a government or country ruled by a king of queen; or the ruling family of such a country
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1st useChapter 4
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persecution
1 use
Michael: (turning red for some reason) Well, what about your persecution of the Hos?†
persecution = very bad and unfair treatment
DefinitionGenerally persecution means:
very bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 4
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revise
1 use
I said then we are just going to have to revise the compromise, because there was nothing in there about me having to meet with Grandm"re every day after school for any princess lessons.†
revise = change
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 3
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tact
1 use
Usually he waited a tactful amount of time, like a summer or at least a weekend, before asking her out.†
tactful = to say or handle things in a way that makes others feel good about them
DefinitionGenerally tact means:
the ability or act of saying or handling things in such a way that others feel good about them
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1st useChapter 5
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