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Breaking Dawn by Meyer

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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
He growled—an abrupt, shocking rasp of sound—and the blackest fury rolled across his expression like storm clouds.
abrupt = sudden and unexpected
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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blasphemy
1 use
I was still horrified that I was physically capable of such blasphemy.
blasphemy = something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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censure
1 use
Sam asked out loud, censure in his tone.
censure = harsh criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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disdain
1 use
"Of course there were no survivors," she said. No survivors, blunt and uncaring. ... She sniffed disdainfully.
disdainfully = with a lack of respect — suggesting distaste and 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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 2
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dubious
2 uses
He gave me a dubious look.
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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 1
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illustrate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
Her hands started combing through my hair, hefting it, twisting it, illustrating in detail what she wanted.†
illustrating = helping to make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 1
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immortal
46 uses
She is not an immortal.
immortal = someone who lives forever
DefinitionGenerally immortal means:
living or existing forever

or:

someone famous throughout history

or:

someone who will never die — such as a mythological god
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Book46 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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incredulous
6 uses
In the mirror, the perfect eyebrows lifted incredulously above her glowing crimson eyes—
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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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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latent
2 uses
That would indicate a rather powerful latent talent, if it was manifesting so clearly even before the transformation.
latent = potentially existing but presently not clearly evident or active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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oblivious
9 uses
He couldn't be oblivious to the fact that Nessie was the only female of his kind that wasn't his half-sister.
oblivious = unaware of
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Book9 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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perspective   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
Look at it from her perspective
It shaped his whole 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 useBook 2
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2  —2 uses as in:
Keep it in perspective
She thought about the things that were worse, the black pictures in my head, while I tried to tune her out without much success. She was able to look at them with some distance, some perspective, and I had to admit that this was helpful.
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
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
She'd sighed, resigned. "Once you make up your mind, there is no reasoning with you."
resigned = having 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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useBook 1
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 8 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I resolved that I would do at least as well as I had on the hunt.
resolved = decided (with determination)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 3
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2  —3 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
I didn't feel the same resolve the others seemed to feel.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 2
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3  —3 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
"I'm so glad this could be resolved without violence," he said sweetly.
resolved = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 3
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satiate
1 use
The traditional vampires were going as far away as possible to satiate their thirst.
satiate = indulge their hunger; or fill to satisfaction
DefinitionGenerally satiate means:
to satisfy a hunger; or fill to satisfaction (typically said of hunger for food, but can be said of anything desired—such as of knowledge or sensual pleasure)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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speculate
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
I guessed he was trying not to speculate too much, trying to keep my behavior off his mind.
speculate = think to try to figure something out when there can be no certainty
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 2
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subtle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle shade of blue
I pulled into an open spot and looked up at a tastefully subtle sign that read JASON SCOTT, ATTORNEY AT LAW.
subtle = understated so as not to draw attention to itself

(editor's note: Don't be confused by the fact that the sign's words are written in uppercase on the book's page. That draws attention to the words in the sentence, but the story describes a sign that is understated where it hangs.)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 3
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2  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
The difference between Renesmee an hour ago and Renesmee now was subtler.
subtler = less noticeable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 3
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