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All the King's Men

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affirm
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
her actions affirm my concerns
...while the large, deep-brown eyes fixed on me in a mixture of appeal and affirmation.
affirmation = support
DefinitionGenerally this sense of affirm means:
to demonstrate support or demonstrate the truth of something
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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apathy
1 use
between curiosity and apathy
apathy = lack of interest
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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candid
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
your candid opinion
But candor compelled me to admit that there hadn't been much of an evening to ruin.
candor = honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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complacent
4 uses
I should not be too complacent because...
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied)
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 8
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
"His contempt for me is a shield," Cass wrote.
contempt = lack of respect
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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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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decorum
6 uses
Sadie would treat the Boss with an icy decorum, meeting him only and strictly in the course of business, standing quietly before him while he talked.
decorum = proper manners and conduct
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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dubious
2 uses
Mr. Simms seemed dubious, promised to do what he could, and then said, "But nine outa ten you won't git her, Mister."
dubious = doubtful
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 useChapter 5
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eccentric
2 uses
Easy now, it's no disgrace. It's just eccentric. ... That you can't see somebody with something broken without wanting to fix it.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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fastidious
3 uses
...slowly and fastidiously as though you were peeling an endless strip of skin off the live flesh.
fastidiously = with careful attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
And the skin will be inclined to break down.
inclined = with a tendency
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
Adam inclined his head in acceptance, and went out.
inclined = bent
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
And the perfect mathematical irony of it—the perfect duplication of what Duffy had done—struck me, and I felt like laughing out loud.
irony = when what happens is very different than 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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Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
But her irony was not the sort of thing Tom Stark would hear or understand, for he...
irony = saying one thing while meaning something else
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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recollect
19 uses
Then I recollected how he'd done right well in his law practice.
recollected = remembered
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book19 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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reprehensible
1 use
...it is most reprehensible that those responsible for this agreement should have been so lax in their protection of the public interest as to accept...
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad — deserving severe criticism
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1st useChapter 5
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reproach
7 uses
He appeared at the bathroom door, braced against the door-jamb, staring at me with a face of sad reproach bedewed with the glitter of cold sweat.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 9
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repudiate
2 uses
Maybe somebody might give Callahan a little shovelful on somebody else and Callahan might grow a conscience all of a sudden and repudiate his endorser.
repudiate = strongly reject
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
He resigned as Attorney General to become counsel and vice-president for the American Electric Power Company,
resigned = quit (a job)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5
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2  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
I am resigned to it all now, Jack.
resigned = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 10
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scrutiny
2 uses
She was still scrutinizing my face.
scrutinizing = looking at very carefully

(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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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