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The Son of Neptune

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advocate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to advocate
I can't advocate violence.
advocate = recommend
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support (someone or something)
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 22
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aura
13 uses
Even though he was beat up, dirty, and stooped with exhaustion, he'd had an aura of power.
aura = a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

(editor's note:  This book also uses aura in a paranormal or magical way to refer to a light that radiates from and surrounds a person—as in "Vitellius looked so mad, his purple aura glowed.")
DefinitionGenerally aura means:
a distinctive but intangible quality surrounding a person or thing

or:

paranormal:  a radiant light surrounding a person that is said to be seen by those sensitive to another's life force; or drawn around the head of a saint
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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bronze
12 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
He'd turned a pen into a 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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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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centaur
17 uses
She wondered if this was what it was like to be a centaur.
centaur = a mythical being that is half man and half horse
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Book17 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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convention
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to convene
THE NEXT MORNING, PERCY, HAZEL, AND FRANK ate breakfast early, then headed into the city before the senate was due to convene.
convene = gather for a meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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divert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
divert the traffic or funds
He diverted the waterfall straight into the giant's face.
diverted = changed the direction of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divert means:
to change the direction of something, or the purpose for which it is used
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 50
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endure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
The past four years, I've wanted to kill Percy Jackson for what he made us endure.
endure = suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Book1 use
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 31
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2  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
You will endure, Fai.
endure = continue to exist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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exasperated
3 uses
She sighed in exasperation. "My words are wasted on this young ox!"
exasperation = great annoyance

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally exasperated means:
greatly annoyed
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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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incredulous
3 uses
He said he can get us to the top.
Frank looked incredulous. "I thought the horse couldn't fly!"
incredulous = with disbelief; or with difficulty accepting something so unexpected
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 47
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lithe
1 use
Hylla was in her twenties, lithe and lean as a tiger.
lithe = thin with graceful and flexible body movement
DefinitionGenerally lithe means:
a graceful, flexible body — often implying thinness

or:

graceful, flexible body movement
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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malicious
2 uses
She remembered the cave in Resurrection Bay where she'd worked to raise Alcyoneus—the oppressive sense of malice and the constant boom, boom, boom, like Gaea's heartbeat.
malice = evil that seemed threatening
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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mortal
22 uses
1  —22 uses as in:
mortal body
You mortals and your short lives.
mortals = humans (especially merely humans)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book22 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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ogre
56 uses
Ella, it's not safe here with the ogres.
ogres = frightening giants that like to eat people
DefinitionGenerally ogre means:
fairy tales:  a frightening giant — especially one who likes to eat people

or:

an evil, hideous, and frightening person
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Book56 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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patron
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a patron of the arts
The quest has been issued by Mars Ultor, patron of Rome.
patron = someone who supports (helps)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of patron means:
someone who contributes money to an organization

or:

a supporter of an organization or person
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a positive attitude
Think positive, he told himself.†
positive = optimistically
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
optimistic (expecting or focusing good things); or agreeable
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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prophecy
58 uses
He's got the gift of prophecy, supposedly.
prophecy = (ability of) prediction of the future
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
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Book58 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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scrutiny
1 use
Reyna scrutinized him carefully.
scrutinized = looked at very carefully

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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simulate
4 uses
These are gluten-free, no-sugar-added, vitamin-enriched, soy-free, goat-milk-and-seaweed-based cupcake simulations.
simulations = imitations (not "real" cupcakes)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 21
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
She reached out tentatively, as if she wanted to take his hand but was afraid he might evaporate.
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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 27
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