toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

The Golden Apples

Top-Ranked Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

instructions
belligerent
2 uses
it was more belligerent;
belligerent = hostile (as though eager to fight)
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 2
Web Links
capricious
1 use
Before some caprice of Virgie's, her spirit drooped its head.
caprice = impulsiveness or unpredictability
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 2
Web Links
disparage
1 use
When I couldn't give her something she wanted she would hum a little tune. In our room, her voice would go low and soft to complete disparagement.
disparagement = making (me) seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useStory 5
Web Links
ebullient
1 use
and Miss Eckhart with a soundless ebullience bouncing up to wait on her mother,
ebullience = being happy and energetic
DefinitionGenerally ebullient means:
happy and energetic
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 2
Web Links
elaborate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
an elaborate design
...in elaborate handwriting, the "z" in Mozart with an equals-sign through it and all the "y's" so heavily tailed they went through the paper.
elaborate = fancy (with complex details)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useStory 2
Web Links
elated
2 uses
Elation ran all through his body,
elation = a feeling of happiness and excitement

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 4
Web Links
forbearance
1 use
My night-blooming cereus throwed a flower tonight, and I couldn't forbear to bring you it.
forbear = resist (refrain from acting)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 7
Web Links
incessant
1 use
Across the table his incessant cigarette smoke came out of his nostrils in a double spout.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 6
Web Links
inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
They weren't very lovingly inclined these days, with the heart taken out of them by sorrow;
inclined = disposed (of that attitude or mood)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useStory 6
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
she would dismiss Cassie and incline her head toward Virgie,
incline = bend (or angle)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useStory 2
Web Links
luminous
5 uses
Virgie looked at the naked, luminous, complicated flower, large and pale as a face on the dark porch.
luminous = glowing (or perhaps beautiful)
DefinitionGenerally luminous means:
glowing or shining

(also used metaphorically to describe beauty or intelligence)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 3
Web Links
meticulous
1 use
he worked at his meticulous watches
meticulous = treating details with great care
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 6
Web Links
minute
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
minute size
The sand was coarse like beads and full of minute shells, some shaped exactly like bugles.†
minute = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 4
Web Links
obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
Standing in the brown that cut them off where they waited, ankle-deep, waist-deep, knee-deep, chin-deep, they made a little V, with Miss Moody in front and partly obscuring their vision with her jerky butterfly cap.
obscuring = blocking (making less visible)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useStory 4
Web Links
2  —3 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
The reason orphans were the way they were lay first in nobody's watching them, Nina thought, for she felt obscurely like a trespasser.
obscurely = in a manner that is not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useStory 4
Web Links
ostentatious
1 use
Miss Moody ostentatiously went right to sleep.
ostentatiously = in a manner that attracted notice and impressed others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useStory 4
Web Links
pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
Parnell Moody used to be wild and now she was pious.
pious = highly religious and moral
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useStory 2
Web Links
revere
1 use
Cassie's voice, growing louder, grew at the same time more anxious and more reverent.
reverent = showing deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useStory 7
Web Links
scrutiny
1 use
...leaned over it full front to scrutinize the body.
scrutinize = to look 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
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useStory 7
Web Links
ubiquitous
1 use
So they turned and their walk could still go on along shore, past the black pits of fires and the ubiquitous, ugly, naked sea onions,
ubiquitous = being present everywhere
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useStory 6
Web Links
Go to Book Menu
Take Pre-Reading Quiz
† 
Sample usage followed by this mark was not checked by an editor. Please let us know if you spot a problem.
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.