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After Dark by Murakami

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anonymous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an anonymous, uninteresting house
Mine is the third house on a block of anonymous brick houses.
anonymous = lacking individuality or interesting features
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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ascertain
2 uses
A committee was formed to ascertain the level of public support for a new bike path.†
ascertain = find out, learn, or determine with certainty (usually by making an effort)
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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concise
1 use
She deducts points if the paper is not concise enough.
concise = expressing much in few words
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decorum
1 use
All decorum was lost in the classroom.
decorum = proper manners and conduct
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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1st useChapter 4
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discern
1 use
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = notice or see (something that is not obvious)
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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emerge
5 uses
China recently emerged as a world power.
emerged = came out (became)
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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Library58 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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expunge
1 use
In our state, you cannot expunge a conviction for most Class A and Class B felonies.
expunge = remove completely
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inevitable
1 use
It is as inevitable as death and taxes.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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innate
1 use
She has an innate musical talent that cannot be taught.
innate = present at birth
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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1st useChapter 3
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inscrutable
2 uses
The computer gave some inscrutable error message I can't remember.
inscrutable = impossible to understand
DefinitionGenerally inscrutable means:
impossible to understand — often when finding a person's facial expression or comments mysterious
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intuitive
2 uses
The were perfect partners—one highly intuitive and the other highly analytical.
intuitive = known instinctively rather than through reasoning
DefinitionGenerally intuitive means:
based on feeling or instinct rather than conscious reasoning

or:

easy to understand without training or study
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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orthodox
1 use
The new findings challenge orthodox views.
orthodox = normal
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
normal (describing thinking or behavior as commonly or traditionally accepted)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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pacifist
1 use
The pacifist spoke out against the war.
pacifist = someone opposed to violence as a means of settling disputes
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1st useChapter 9
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Her apology was heartfelt—expressing profound sorrow and regret.
profound = intense (of great emotional depth)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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rectify
1 use
I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
rectify = correct, fix, or make right
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1st useChapter 16
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sequential
2 uses
She has a gift for breaking a complex task into a simple series of sequential steps.
sequential = happening in a specific order — especially chronological order
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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somnolent
1 use
She argues that the organization has grown somnolent and needs shaking up.
somnolent = drowsy (sleepy)
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1st useChapter 2
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suppress
2 uses
She claimed that Facebook suppressed and promoted news that met a political agenda.
suppressed = kept from spreading
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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tranquil
2 uses
I love a lake with tranquil blue water.
tranquil = calm
DefinitionGenerally tranquil means:
calm and undisturbed
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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