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anguish
13 uses
He watched her face, his heart swollen with love for her and with an anguish, not yet his own, that he did not understand and that frightened him.†
anguish = extreme pain, suffering, or distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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Book13 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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austere
1 use
And now she wept, after her long austerity, as though she would never be able to stop.†
austerity = a government policy in which significantly less money is spent than normal; or any notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.3
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bewilder
8 uses
He stood, stupid with bewilderment and grief, a few inches from the bed.†
bewilderment = a feeling of extreme confusion
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book8 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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complacent
1 use
The courtroom seemed to feel, with some complacency and some disappointment, that it was his great good luck to be let off so easily.†
complacency = contentment (often unworried to a fault)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.3
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
He never "watched" his language with her, which at first she took as evidence of his contempt because she had fallen so easily, and which later she took as evidence of his love.
contempt = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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disdain
3 uses
Yes, their parts were all cut off, they were dishonored, their very names were nothing more than dust blown disdainfully across the field of time? to fall where, to blossom where, bringing forth what fruit hereafter, where?†
disdainfully = with a lack of respect; or with a sense of superiority
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.2
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endure
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
endured the pain
His mother, her eyes raised to heaven, hands arced before her, moving, made real for John that patience, that endurance, that long suffering, which he had read of in the Bible and found so hard to imagine.†
endurance = the ability to suffer through (or put up with) something difficult or unpleasant
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book3 uses
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.1
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exasperated
7 uses
He kicked, pounded, twisted, pushed, using his lack of size to confound and exasperate Elisha, whose damp fists, joined at the small of John's back, soon slipped.†
exasperate = greatly annoy
DefinitionGenerally exasperated means:
greatly annoyed
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Book7 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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foreshadow
1 use
For there were really two dreams, the first like a dim, blurred, infernal foreshadowing of the second.†
foreshadowing = being a sign of
DefinitionGenerally foreshadow means:
to be a sign of future events
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1st useChapter 2.2
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grave
3 uses
"Yes," said Elisha, with a grave, sweet smile, "that's the Man you got to call on."†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.2
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imply
1 use
Again he felt this strange chill in him, implying disaster and delight; and then he hoped that she would not come, that something would happen that would make it impossible for him ever to see her again.†
implying = suggesting (saying indirectly)
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 2.2
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indifferent
6 uses
Then she shrugged, the mildest, most indifferent gesture he had ever seen, and smiled.†
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book6 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.3
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malevolent
5 uses
"You come crying back soon enough," said Gabriel, with malevolence, "soon as they whip your butt up there four or five times."
malevolence = with the desire to hurt another
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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malicious
9 uses
John smiled back at her, a smile that, despite the shy gratitude it was meant to convey, did not escape being ironic, or even malicious.†
malicious = wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.2
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nevertheless
6 uses
His first thought, nevertheless, was: "Will anyone remember?"†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book6 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.1
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precede
3 uses
In the moment that these words filled the room, and hung in the room like the infinitesimal moment of hanging, jagged light that precedes an explosion, John and his father were staring into each other's eyes.†
precedes = goes, does, or is before
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 3.1
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scorn
15 uses
She knew that she was mouthing words; and she realized suddenly that her mother scorned to dignify these words with her attention.†
scorned = disrespected or rejected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book15 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1
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testify
12 uses
And Ella Mae was not so beautiful now as she was when she was singing and testifying, but looked like a sullen, ordinary girl.†
testifying = providing evidence of something — especially oral evidence in court
DefinitionGenerally testify means:
provide evidence of something — especially to say something under oath in a court of law
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Book12 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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testimony
15 uses
And among those many voices, and stammering with his own, John would care no longer for her testimony.†
testimony = something that serves as evidence — especially a statement at a trial or hearing
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Book15 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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wrath
11 uses
When he was young, John had paid no attention in Sunday school, and always forgot the golden text, which earned him the wrath of his father.†
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
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Book11 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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