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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
Then Ms. Richter's attention abruptly shifted to them.
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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amiable
2 uses
Max glanced at his father, relieved to see him nibbling on his sandwich and chatting amiably with Frigga and Helga as...
amiably = in a friendly way
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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auspicious
1 use
The queen chose an auspicious time for her raid into Ulster.
auspicious = favorable
DefinitionGenerally auspicious means:
favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
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1st useChapter 17
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cacophony
3 uses
He was suddenly assailed by a bewildering cacophony of voices.
cacophony = combination of loud confusing disagreeable sounds
DefinitionGenerally cacophony means:
loud confusing disagreeable sounds
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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converge
6 uses
Below, the lanterns bobbed wildly, rapidly converging at a point near the orchard's edge.
converging = coming together
DefinitionGenerally converge means:
to come together; or to be adjacent or similar
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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daunt
2 uses
Mathematics and Science were straightforward and more familiar, if daunting.
daunting = discouraging or intimidating (in this case, due to difficulty)
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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diligent
1 use
Richter then awarded Macon's Quill to ..., while the Giving Belt went to a student known for her diligence in the Sanctuary.
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 20
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disdain
3 uses
She tossed his hand back at him with disdain.
disdain = a lack of respect
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
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 18
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diversity
1 use
They did not look like the students at his old school; there was much more diversity sprinkled throughout these seats.
diversity = variety (in this case, people of different ethnic groups)
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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fetter
3 uses
Unfettered at last, it glided slowly through his consciousness...
unfettered = unrestrained or unhindered

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unfettered means not and reverses the meaning of fettered. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally fetter means:
to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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highlight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
highlights of the year
We can recommend MNICD006, MMCD052, and MNICD076 as personal favorites, although other colleagues swear by MNICD037 as a candidate for this year's highlight reel.†
highlight = something that stands out
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1st useChapter 18
incredulous
12 uses
Max was incredulous; he could not imagine anyone wanting to hunt or hurt or kill anything so graceful and giving.
incredulous = unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book12 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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mystic
33 uses
Mystics and math were tough.
mystics = [studying] people said to comprehend reality using supernatural means
DefinitionGenerally mystic means:
relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
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Book33 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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nocturnal
2 uses
...my charge is nocturnal.
nocturnal = active during the night
DefinitionGenerally nocturnal means:
active during the night; or relating to night
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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ogre
18 uses
Yes, I know what some of you have read about ogres, but our Bob is a reformed ogre and...
ogre = fairy tales:  a frightening giant — especially one who likes to eat people

or:

an evil, hideous, and frightening person
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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relevant
1 use
"While Cooper's capture is relevant, it's not the sole reason I've asked you here," the Director continued.
relevant = related in a meaningful way to the issue in question
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 14
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reproach
1 use
Giving Max a reproachful glance, Nick climbed back into the small tree that served as his perch.
reproachful = critical (full of 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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 20
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revere
1 use
"Astaroth, you are recalled to life by your loyal servants," said the blacksmith, his voice filled with reverence.
reverence = feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 19
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somber
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a somber mood
"The vyes couldn't have gotten to the orchard," Max said somberly.†
somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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tapestry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the tapestry hangs in the museum
Was it a pretty tapestry?
tapestry = rug-like artwork — often hung on a wall for display
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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