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abrupt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an abrupt change
Mum sniffed the air and stopped abruptly.
abruptly = suddenly and unexpectedly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abrupt means:
sudden and unexpected
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1st useChapter 1
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auspicious
1 use
"Well, this is a most auspicious beginning," said Vilyak, rolling up the scroll once the signatures were complete.
auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
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1st useChapter 17
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blasphemy
1 use
The stuff of heretics—blasphemous!
blasphemous = 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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1st useChapter 8
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converge
10 uses
Bolts of energy forked from the guns and converged at the afrit, slamming into its back.
converged = came 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 9
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
Max imagined that they were descending into the bowels of a living thing, ancient and strange and riddled with magic.†
descending = moving downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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1st useChapter 4
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disdain
4 uses
He looked down from his perch, proud and disdainful.
disdainful = showing a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved 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 useChapter 21
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dubious
3 uses
"Will it hold them?" asked Cooper, looking dubiously at the door.
dubiously = with doubt or uncertainty
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 10
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incredulous
11 uses
"And it took you this long to realize it?" asked Max, incredulous.
incredulous = unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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1st useChapter 5
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malevolent
5 uses
Astaroth turned to gaze at them with his malevolent white face.
malevolent = appearing to wish evil to others
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
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1st useChapter 3
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mystic
49 uses
We need Mystics, not muscle.
mystics = people with skill relating to 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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1st useChapter 1
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objective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an objective viewpoint
But each of us has been taught that effective decision making requires an objective assessment of the situation.
objective = fact-based and not influenced by personal feelings or preferences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of objective means:
fact-based without the influence of personal feelings or preferences
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ogre
63 uses
Monstrous shapes have been sighted in the woods—rumors of ogres and werewolves are rampant.
ogres = 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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pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
What became of our Eden, our world of innocence, piety, and poetry;
piety = highly religious or moral behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useChapter 8
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
The statement seemed to have a profound effect on Commander Vilyak.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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1st useChapter 19
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relevant
1 use
For the past six weeks, all relevant television programs, newspaper reports, and radio broadcasts have been subject to government approval.
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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1st useChapter 5
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revere
3 uses
Astaroth's expression was almost reverent as he slid a nail beneath the Book's cover, opening it delicately to peer at the very first sheets of papyrus.
reverent = with feelings of deep respect and admiration or awe
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 9
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stoic
5 uses
"I'll be fine," replied the stoic Agent.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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1st useChapter 1
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
He approached tentatively, stopping several feet away.
tentatively = in an unsure or hesitant manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 18
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ubiquitous
1 use
They walked for several more blocks before Cooper finally stopped at a small bookstore built of the ubiquitous sandy stone.
ubiquitous = being present everywhere
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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1st useChapter 7
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wizened
4 uses
From out of Maggie's doors came the Promethean Scholars, twelve wizened Mystics clutching ancient books against their chests.
wizened = lean and wrinkled
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
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1st useChapter 1
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