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auburn
1 use
The auburn-haired girl turned toward me.
auburn = colored a moderate reddish-brown
DefinitionGenerally auburn means:
(of hair) colored a moderate reddish-brown
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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bronze
15 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
I reached down and took the hairpin, and as I did, it grew longer and heavier in my hand, until I held a familiar bronze sword.†
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Book15 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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chide
2 uses
"Frederick," she chided.
chided = gently encouraged better behavior
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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cower
4 uses
It took all my willpower not to cower.
cower = show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
Her voice was ragged with despair.
despair = hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 12 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
Once I attacked, however, Atlas was free to attack back directly, with all his might.†
directly = personally (without anything in between)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book4 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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2  —3 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
After his direct assault on Ladon failed, I gave him the idea of how to steal the apples, how to trick my father, but he took all the credit.†
direct = straightforward (uncomplicated—not requiring deception, extra steps, or secondary effects)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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3  —5 uses as in:
directed the movie
You thought, perhaps, that the immortal, all-powerful director of camp would not notice you leaving without permission?†
director = supervisor (person in charge)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book5 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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discriminate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
suffered discrimination
Lady Artemis does not discriminate by birth.
discriminate = unfairly treat people differently (in this case treating normal people more poorly than those born into nobility)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to treat people of different groups differently — especially unfair treatment due to race, religion or gender
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3
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fetter
1 use
It was Artemis, but she was wrapped in chains, fettered to the rocks.
fettered = shackled (restrained with chains)
DefinitionGenerally fetter means:
to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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impetuous
1 use
She's too impetuous.
impetuous = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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loathe
2 uses
Ares regarded me with loathing,
loathing = disgust or intense dislike
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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muse
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
her musings
"Perhaps it is for the best," Chiron mused.
mused = reflected (thought) (in this case, aloud)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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parry
2 uses
A Hunter came out of nowhere and slashed at me with her knife, but I parried and kept running.
parried = deflected (pushed it to the side)
DefinitionGenerally parry means:
to avoid — especially to deflect (cause something to change direction)
in 2 primary senses:
  • to avoid an attack — especially a physical attack as when deflecting the thrust of a sword
  • to avoid answering a question with a clever response that directs attention elsewhere
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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pavilion
10 uses
The torches and braziers kept the outdoor pavilion warm,
pavilion = a large structure separate from other structures (in this case, as is often the case, the separate structure is less finished)
DefinitionGenerally pavilion means:
a large structure separate from a main structure
in various senses, including:
  • a large roofed structure without walls — often found in parks
  • a temporary structure — such as a large tent to house exhibits at a fair, to provide sports facilities, or to put on a show
  • a section of a large hospital or office complex adjacent to other parts
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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prevail
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reason will prevail
The important thing is you have prevailed. And you saved Annabeth!
prevailed = succeeded or won
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prevail means:
prove superior or win
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 20
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skeptical
1 use
"I'll be fine."
Blackjack cocked his head skeptically.
skeptically = in a doubtful manner (regarding the truth or accuracy of the statement)
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true or worthwhile)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
A few tentative hands went up—
tentative = careful or unsure
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 19
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volley
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a volley of...
...his first volley of missiles zipped harmlessly over our heads.
volley = a rapid or simultaneous discharge of projectiles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of volley means:
a rapid or simultaneous discharge of bullets or other projectiles

or:

a rapid or simultaneous series of similar (and usually antagonistic) events — such as protests or criticisms
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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yield
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
yield to pressure
"Yield!" the monster roared.†
yield = surrender (give up)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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