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abnegate
171 uses
no one in Abnegation would be so selfish;
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 and used so many 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
Book171 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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amity
121 uses
The Amity aren't supposed to argue.
amity = people to whom it is most important to be friendly and live in peace

(editor's note:  In this book, Amity is used as a proper noun to name people in the group (faction) to whom it is most important to be friendly and live in peace. Outside of this novel, amity is not capitalized  and refers to "a state of friendly relations".)
DefinitionGenerally amity means:
a state of friendly relations
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Book121 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
approached the city
The city is so quiet in the morning that the footsteps echo as they approach the bridge.†
approach = get near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book6 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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2  —2 uses as in:
use the best approach
Rather than waste any more time, Mr. Eaton, I thought I would take the most logical approach.†
approach = technique (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 29
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aptitude
22 uses
I am pleased, of course, because of your aptitude test results.
aptitude = natural ability
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Book22 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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candid
117 uses
1  —117 uses as in:
your candid opinion
The Candor sing the praises of the truth, but they never tell you how much it costs.
candor = people who most highly value honesty and directness

(editor's note:  In this book, Candor is used as a proper noun to name people in the group (faction) who most highly value honesty and directness. 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
Book117 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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conflict
18 uses
"I think my conflicted emotions confused the simulation," he says.
conflicted = in opposition to each other (feeling different or opposite ways at the same time)
DefinitionGenerally conflict means:
a struggle or disagreement
in various senses, including:
  • a serious disagreement — as in "political conflict"
  • the tension from two opposing ideas or feelings — as in "I'm conflicted about where I should go to college."
  • a violent fight or war — as in "the Israeli-Palestinian conflict"
  • an idiom that refers to tension between responsibilities to different entities — "conflict of interest"
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Book18 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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contrast
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
I expect the stream to stop, but more come from the next landing, a steady flow of blue-clad people in dim blue light, the whites of their eyes bright as lamps by contrast to everything else.
by contrast = a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 43
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
daunt
432 uses
It is maybe the first time I've seen Peter be truly Dauntless.
dauntless = fearless and determined

(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
Book432 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
I have never spoken to him directly, but the sound of his voice makes me shiver.†
directly = personally (person-to-person)
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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Book2 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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2  —2 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
"I don't have much time, so I'm going to be direct," he says.†
direct = straightforward (specific and to the point)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 27
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3  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
Yet she is extremely good at directing her thoughts and actions toward her goals.†
directing = focusing
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 29
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diverge
97 uses
My mother said people feared the Divergent because we couldn't be controlled.
divergent = people who are different

(editor's note:  In this book, Divergent is used as a proper noun to name people who are different because they don't fit neatly into any of the five groups of people (factions) into which the population is divided. Outside of this 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
Book97 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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faction
241 uses
It is important that we understand the extent of your loyalty to your chosen 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
Book241 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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focus   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 27 uses
1  —25 uses as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
I ignore the gun barrels pointed at my head and focus on Lynn's face, which is now yellowish instead of white.†
focus = concentrate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library75 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
The focus of our study is...
We each had to choose a research focus in Erudite initiation, and mine was the aptitude test simulation, so I know a lot about the way it's designed.†
focus = place where attention is directed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
where attention is concentrated or directed
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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initiate   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 36 uses
1  —1 use as in:
initiate discussions
I want him to fold me into his arms again, like he did after the last attack, but he doesn't, and I know better than to initiate it.
initiate = begin
DefinitionGenerally this sense of initiate means:
to cause (something) to begin
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 22
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2  —23 uses as in:
initiate into the fraternity
I didn't realize until that moment that Dauntless initiation had taught me an important lesson: how to keep going.
initiation = a formal process to become a member of a group (including training, testing, and a ceremony)

(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
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Book23 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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3  —12 uses as in:
She is a new initiate.
I feel like I am an initiate again, storming the stairs of the Hub right after the Choosing Ceremony.
initiate = someone who has formally started procedures to become a member or a group such as training, testing, and a ceremony
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
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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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simulate
171 uses
If she was good with computers, it was only as a hobby, and I doubt that a computer hobby would enable someone to fiddle with an Erudite simulation.
simulation = a non-real environment (made to seem real)

(editor's note:  In this novel, people in this non-real environment typically don't know things aren't real. Outside of the novel, any such environment is probably used for 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
Book171 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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