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abnegate
163 uses
Abnegation discourages anything done strictly for my own enjoyment,
abnegation = the group of people that practice self-denial

(editor's note: Outside of this novel, abnegation is not capitalized and is rarely used. But you may as well learn it since it is an important concept in this novel where the word is used 163 times. When seen outside of the novel, it means "renunciation or rejection—often of comforts or luxuries" and is often seen as "self-abnegation".)
DefinitionGenerally abnegate means:
to renounce or reject
The exact meaning of abnegate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "to abnegate his responsibilities as a father" — to reject or ignore a duty
  • "to practice self-abnegation" — to deny oneself (voluntarily give something up such as a luxury)
  • "to abnegate her faith" — to reject a belief
  • "to abnegate her legal rights" — to give up a claim, title, or position of power
Word Statistics
Book163 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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amity
33 uses
The kindness of Amity will comfort us for a while, though we can't stay there forever.
amity = the group of people to whom it is most important to be friendly and live in peace

(editor's note: Outside of this novel, amity is not capitalized and refers to "a state of friendly relations".)
DefinitionGenerally amity means:
a state of friendly relations
Word Statistics
Book33 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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aptitude
35 uses
So you have no idea what my aptitude is?
aptitude = natural ability
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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candid
61 uses
1  —61 uses as in:
your candid opinion
I'm surprised he can stop himself from responding, after speaking his mind all his life in Candor,
candor = the group of people who most highly value honesty and directness

(editor's note: Outside of this novel, candor is not capitalized and means "honesty and directness".  It is most commonly seen as an adjective in the form candid—meaning "honest and direct".)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book61 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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chasm
38 uses
I imagine my feet dangling over the chasm and bite my lip.
chasm = a deep drop-off into which someone could fall
DefinitionGenerally chasm means:
a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface; or (more rarely) any large gap

or:

a very large difference — often of opinion
Word Statistics
Book38 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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daunt
368 uses
I used to think the Dauntless were fearless.
dauntless = the group of people who most prize bravery

(editor's note: Outside of this novel, dauntless is not capitalized and means "never discouraged or intimidated". The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without. Dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
Word Statistics
Book368 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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demonstrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
Four names a few different punches, demonstrating each one as he does, first against the air and then against the punching bag.
demonstrating = showing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
The exact meaning of this sense of demonstrate can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "I will demonstrate how to throw a Frisbee." — show how to do something
  • "I will demonstrate how much quicker the new computer is than the old one." — show how something works
  • "Her questioned demonstrated that she was listening and thinking deeply about what was said." — showed to be true or proved
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
I pick up a gun and a holster and a belt, copying Will, who is directly in front of me.
directly = close
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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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2  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
And Four doesn't often challenge Eric directly.
directly = in a straightforward manner (clearly without any ambiguity)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 13
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3  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
I hope it isn't another article, because I'm not sure I can handle any more hostility directed at me.
directed = aimed (intended for)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 21
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diverge
50 uses
...and my mother warned me about, the danger of being Divergent.
divergent = different

(editor's note:  In this novel, Divergent is capitalized and refers to "people who are different because they don't fit neatly into any of the five groups of people into which the population is divided." Outside the novel, divergent is not capitalized and means "different". It is more commonly encountered as the verb diverge—meaning "to move apart or become different.")
DefinitionGenerally diverge means:
to move apart; or be or become different
Word Statistics
Book50 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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evaluate
3 uses
Anyway, in the first stage of initiation, we keep transfers and Dauntless-born initiates separate, but that doesn't mean you are evaluated separately.
evaluated = judged
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 31
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faction
184 uses
We're in the same faction!
faction = a group with some interests not shared by everyone

(editor's note:  In this novel faction is used specifically to refer to one of the five groups of people into which all people are divided.)
DefinitionGenerally faction means:
a sub-group with some interests not shared by the entire group
Word Statistics
Book184 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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incredulous
1 use
"I hope it's Four's landscape."
"Why?" I ask. The question comes out too incredulous.
incredulous = unbelieving (skeptical)
DefinitionGenerally incredulous means:
unbelieving; or having difficulty accepting something so unexpected
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 27
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initiate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 166 uses
1  —48 uses as in:
initiate into the fraternity
...and we will become members if we complete initiation.
initiation = the process of being accepted into an organization

(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 this sense of initiate means:
to accept someone's membership into an organization — typically in a ceremony — sometimes including a period of instruction and/or test
Word Statistics
Book48 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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2  —118 uses as in:
She is a new initiate.
We are not called members yet; our decisions today will make us initiates,
initiates = people going through a process that leads to formal acceptance into a group
DefinitionGenerally this sense of initiate means:
someone who has formally started in an organization, or been introduced to or attained some expertise in a particular field
Word Statistics
Book118 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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interpret
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her interpretation of the data
I don't know if he means that no one can help him, or if I, specifically, can't help him, but I would not be okay with either interpretation.
interpretation = understanding (of something in a particular way)

(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 this sense of interpret means:
to understand or explain something in a particular way — often the meaning or significance of something
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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 21
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reflection
17 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
my reflection in the mirror
Sorry, I've just never been allowed to stare at my reflection for this long.
reflection = image
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflection means:
an image (seen on a mirror or other shiny surface)
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Book17 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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simulate
115 uses
Simulations aren't real; they pose no real threat to me, so logically, I shouldn't be afraid of them, but my reaction is visceral.
simulations = non-real environments (made to seem real)

(editor's notes:  To say "my reaction is visceral" is like saying "I feel it in my gut." In this novel, people in such non-real environments typically don't know things aren't real. Outside of the novel, any such environment is probably used for a game or a training exercise—as when a pilot practices flying a particular type of aircraft without ever leaving the ground.)
DefinitionGenerally simulate means:
make an imitation or representation of
Word Statistics
Book115 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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vary
4 uses
It's easy to allocate resources when everyone gets the same thing, but everything is more varied at the Dauntless compound.
varied = different (not all the same)
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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