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abstract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abstract thought
"The vision is still too abstract," Neferet told me quickly,
abstract = of a concept or idea not associated with any specific instance
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 26
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alternative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an alternative plan
When the alternative is death, blood drinking doesn't seem so bad.
alternative = other possibility
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 26
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arrogant
2 uses
"Hubris," Stevie Rae explained, "having godlike arrogance."
arrogance = an excessive sense of superiority

(editor's note:  Hubris is commonly associated with someone whose overconfidence leads to spectacular failure.)
DefinitionGenerally arrogant means:
having an excessive sense of superiority
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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aversion
1 use
I wasn't feeling a sudden and unfortunate aversion to soap and water,
aversion = dislike that leads to avoidance
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1st useChapter 1
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blasphemy
1 use
God's knowledge surpasses science, and it's blasphemous for you to say otherwise, young lady.
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 3
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bronze
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a bronze tan
I smudged the line, added mascara, brushed some bronzing power over my face, and put on lip gloss (to hide the fact that I'd been nervously picking at my lips).†
bronzing = tan-colored (reddish brown)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a reddish-brown or yellowish-brown color like that of one of the metals with the same name — often used to refer to a suntan or a dark glowing complexion
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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dominate
2 uses
Vampyres dominated the arts,
dominated = were most influential or powerful (in the area of)
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, abundant, important, or conspicuous
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Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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hypocrite
1 use
Hello—can you say hypocrites?
hypocrites = people who violate moral standards they claim to hold
DefinitionGenerally hypocrite means:
someone who violates claimed moral standards
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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impair
2 uses
I'm crappy at math, but K's math impairment makes me look like a genius.
impairment = a condition of being less effective (in this case, not good at math)
DefinitionGenerally impair means:
make worse or less effective
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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irony
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
I especially love Count Chocula—yet another vampyre irony.
irony = an amusing coincidence
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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listless
2 uses
Listlessly, I started following the wall back.
listlessly = with a lack of energy and normal enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally listless means:
lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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lithe
1 use
Free the power within us so that, like the mighty felines of the wild, we know the lithe suppleness of our animal brethren and we are not bound by human chains or caged by their ignorant weaknesses.
lithe = moving and bending with ease
DefinitionGenerally lithe means:
a graceful, flexible body — often implying thinness

or:

graceful, flexible body movement
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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mundane
2 uses
This is a time when the veil between the mundane world and the strange and beautiful realms of the Goddess become[s] thin indeed.
mundane = belonging to this earth or world—not a heavenly world
DefinitionGenerally mundane means:
ordinary or lacking interest or excitement — possibly to the point of being boring

or more rarely:

belonging to this earth or world; not ideal or heavenly
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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nonchalant
4 uses
I tried to sound normal and nonchalant.
nonchalant = calm and unconcerned
DefinitionGenerally nonchalant means:
calm in manner — appearing unconcerned
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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oblivious
2 uses
Thankfully, Stevie Rae was oblivious to my thoughts, and kept on talking.
oblivious = unaware of
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
The moon that earlier had been mostly obscured by clouds was now shining silver-white in an unexpectedly clear sky.
obscured = hidden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 27
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prodigious
3 uses
"Yeah, the circle was prodigious," Erin said.
prodigious = enormous
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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revere
1 use
Professor Penthesilea (whose name I now recognized from Vamp Soc class as belonging to the most revered of all the Amazons, and who everyone called Prof P) was like something out of the movies (well, the ones on the Sci-Fi Channel).
revered = deeply respected and admired
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
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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serene
3 uses
Her voice was serene, but filled with commanding strength.
serene = calm and untroubled
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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sloth
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sloth in the tree
Elliott slouched by us, moving more quickly than I believed possible for someone so sloth-like.
sloth = a type of animal that seldom moves and is very slow when it does move

(editor's note:  The word sloth is also commonly used to describe a person who avoids anything requiring effort.)
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1st useChapter 13
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