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Betrayed: A House of Night Novel

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abhor
3 uses
They abhor us.
abhor = hate or detest
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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1st useChapter 18
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apprehension
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehension about finals
Frigid air and snow swirled in little mini-tornadoes into the barn, making me shiver, although it was more from nerves and apprehension than from the cold.
apprehension = worry or concern about what will happen
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehension means:
worry about what is to come
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1st useChapter 28
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
The tattoos on my face, back, and shoulders stood out in stark, sapphire contrast to the white of my skin and the rust-colored smears of blood that covered my body.†
contrast = difference (in brightness or tone)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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1st useChapter 23
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converge
2 uses
I only had about a second to feel like that before my friends converged on me, all talking at once about...
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 20
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diligent
1 use
So, if it's not too personal, may I ask what you're working so diligently on?
diligently = with 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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1st useChapter 3
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disdain
1 use
I waited for the disdainful looks and the sarcasm that the jocklike guys tended to throw at Damien and the few other openly gay kids at the school,
disdainful = full of disrespect
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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1st useChapter 14
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exasperated
3 uses
He sounded totally exasperated.
exasperated = greatly annoyed
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1st useChapter 12
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fledgling
110 uses
After a little practice, you can tell what year a fledgling is without checking the crest on her jacket.
fledgling = a person that is inexperienced; or a bird that just recently developed the feathers that it uses to fly

(editor's note:  In this book, fledgling takes a more specific meaning based on these generally accepted definitions.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fledgling means:
inexperienced; or a person or organization that is inexperienced
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1st useChapter 1
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goad
3 uses
I floundered, trying to put the instinct that so often whispered to me and goaded me to do, or not to do, things into words.
goaded = encouraged

(editor's note:  The word goaded is more commonly used to indicate that someone is "provoked (encouraged) to do something bad.")
DefinitionGenerally goad means:
to a human:  to provoke or encourage someone to do something — usually something bad and often provoking in an annoying manner

to an animal:  to prod with a pointed stick to make it move
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1st useChapter 14
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integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
From here on the Dark Daughters and Sons will be a group filled with integrity and purpose, and...
integrity = strong moral principles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of integrity means:
having strong moral principles — especially honesty
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1st useChapter 21
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
Ironically, Dracula had been one of my favorite books since I read it when I was thirteen.
ironically = an interesting coincidence

(editor's note:  More rigorously, situational irony describes a situation where what happens is very different than what might have been expected, but it is also often used just to describe an amusing or interesting 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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1st useChapter 18
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manifest
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
manifest destiny
Just be together, manifest your elements, and think about me.
manifest = show or demonstrate (make obvious)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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1st useChapter 20
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meander
3 uses
I meandered off the sidewalk a little, heading toward the old trees that lined the eastern side of the thick wall surrounding the school grounds.
meandered = moving slowly in an indefinite direction
DefinitionGenerally meander means:
to move slowly in a winding or indefinite direction — (often said of a river, or path, or conversation)
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1st useChapter 5
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
Low clouds obscured the sun and a light, constant drizzle made everything look blurred.
obscured = made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
I scribbled down the Dewey Decimal Number for the book and found it up on an obscure shelf, dusty and lonely.
obscure = not used by many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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1st useChapter 15
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resolute
4 uses
"I have to see Neferet," I said resolutely and stood up, surprised at how steady my knees had become.
resolutely = with firm purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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1st useChapter 5
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revere
1 use
We may not be revered as we were in ancient days, but never again will humans be able to hunt and destroy us.
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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1st useChapter 7
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somber
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a somber mood
I was especially glad to see Deino meet my gaze steadily and nod somberly—maybe she wasn't so "terrible" after all.
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 22
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suppress
3 uses
You'll see I grinned, barely able to suppress my excitement.
suppress = keep under control
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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1st useChapter 26
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
Erik laughed and tentatively touched the newly tattooed skin of my back.
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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1st useChapter 32
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