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alacrity
4 uses
He put away the box without a trace of alacrity.†
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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anguish
18 uses
That next corner would be haven or bay, and as he neared it, he burst into the anguished spring of a flagging quarry— —Where?†
anguished = extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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Book18 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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beguile
5 uses
Beguiled by the mildness of noon, he had left the house wearing only his thin blue jersey.†
beguiled = deceived through charm or enchantment
DefinitionGenerally beguile means:
to charm, enchant, or entertain someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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brusque
11 uses
His head jerked brusquely toward the child.†
brusquely = abruptly (suddenly and quickly — without taking the time to be friendly)
DefinitionGenerally brusque means:
abrupt (sudden and quick — without taking the time to be friendly)
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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contempt
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
"Bargains of course!" his father broke in contemptuously.†
contemptuously = with 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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Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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curt
7 uses
"Well then let me explain," he said curtly.†
curtly = in a manner that uses few words or is abrupt and perhaps discourteous or rude
DefinitionGenerally curt means:
brief to the point of rudeness
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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diffident
4 uses
"Yea," diffidently.†
diffidently = with hesitancy and unassertiveness
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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dismay
10 uses
You don't seem dismayed-you don't seem downcast enough!†
dismayed = to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Book10 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useBook 1
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incredulous
11 uses
He stared at her incredulously.†
incredulously = with disbelief; or with difficulty accepting something so unexpected
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book11 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 1
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minute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size
The stable lineaments of the mask of the world had overlapped, shifted configuration as secretly and minutely as clock-hands, as sudden as the wink of an eye.†
minutely = slightly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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mollify
2 uses
...his father had been mollified and danger was over.
mollified = calmed
DefinitionGenerally mollify means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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ominous
16 uses
He shook his finger at David ominously.†
ominously = threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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Book16 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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peasant
14 uses
It's for peasants," to make his father laugh, to make his father answer, "/ think I do.†
peasants = used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  people of low income, education, and social standing — especially those who raise crops or livestock
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book14 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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precede
6 uses
The boy immediately preceding David had just rolled over the lower of two railings before the tailor'!†
preceding = prior (in time or space)
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book6 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 1
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revise
1 use
Izzy crisply revised the dream.†
revised = changed
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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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useBook 4
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scrutiny
12 uses
The eyes of both were fastened on him, regarding him with a curious and amused scrutiny of men beholding for the first time some astonishing freak.†
scrutiny = careful look or inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Book12 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 2
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taut
14 uses
Then his features grew taut when his eyes fixed on Yussie.†
taut = pulled or drawn tight;
or: subjected to great tension
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Book14 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useBook 1
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wrath
11 uses
The harsh voice, the wrathful glare, the hand flung toward the child frightened him.†
wrathful = full of extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
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Book11 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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writhe
16 uses
With writhing lips, he reached his left hand behind his back, fumbled in the right rear pocket and drew out his black leather pocket-book.†
writhing = moving in a twisting or contorted motion
DefinitionGenerally writhe means:
to move in a twisting or contorted motion — often of a person when struggling or in pain
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Book16 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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yield
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Being near them, hearing the erratic spatter of their voices, yielding to their flickering moods was like basking in a hectic familiar oblivion.†
yielding = giving in, giving up, or giving way (easily moved or soft)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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