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allude
1 use
The rest of the note went on to talk about Wells's frustrations with officer training, then ended with a few cryptic allusions to something about Clarke.†
allusions = indirect references
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAll, p.237.59
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anguish
7 uses
She remembered the anguished look Wells had given her as the guards were escorting her out of the Council chambers.†
anguished = extreme distress of body or mind
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.6.81
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
He has a very different approach to .... governing.†
approach = way of doing something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAll, p.92.68
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banish
6 uses
A few months of military rations weren't enough to banish the specter of malnutrition that haunted the Colony's poor outer ships, Walden and Arcadia.†
banish = expel or get rid of
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of
in various senses, including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
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Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.251.37
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confide
3 uses
In a moment of weakness, Clarke had confided a secret that wasn't hers to share.†
confided = told with the understanding that what was told would be kept secret
DefinitionGenerally confide means:
tell with the understanding that what is told will be kept secret
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAll, p.96.16
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contradict
1 use
Her voice was firm, and there was a fire in her eyes that made him hesitate to contradict her.†
contradict = disagree
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAll, p.304.77
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crescendo
1 use
That harmony built into a crescendo of colors as yellow and then pink added their voices to the chorus.†
crescendo = gradual increase in intensity; or maximum intensity
DefinitionGenerally crescendo means:
a gradual increase in intensity; or the time of maximum intensity — especially in the loudness of music
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.68.70
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curt
2 uses
"I spend most of the day in the infirmary tent, anyway," she said curtly.†
curtly = in a manner that is brief to the point of rudeness
DefinitionGenerally curt means:
brief to the point of rudeness
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.198.27
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deluge
1 use
Guilty and terrified, Wells had spent the past week desperate to find Clarke, but his deluge of messages had gone unanswered, and when he went to her flat, he found it sealed off by guards.†
deluge = an overwhelming amount; or to overwhelm — especially said of water
DefinitionGenerally deluge means:
a large amount of something — especially water

or:

to overwhelm with a large amount of something — especially water
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.261.20
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evaluate
2 uses
After that Clarke girl had finished evaluating Octavia and determined she only had a sprained ankle, Bellamy had carried her over toward the trees where they'd spent the night.†
evaluating = thinking carefully and making a judgment about
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAll, p.118.70
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grave
3 uses
"A chastity belt," Luke said gravely.†
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAll, p.125.2
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
"Let's go this way," he said, inclining his head.†
inclining = to be at an angle or to bend
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAll, p.158.66
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indignant
8 uses
"No, sir," Wells said, biting back his indignation.†
indignation = anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAll, p.11.16
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infirmary
19 uses
Clarke slipped through the flap of the designated infirmary tent and stepped into the clearing.†
infirmary = a small facility where patients receive treatment
DefinitionGenerally infirmary means:
a small facility where patients receive treatment — such as a room or two at a school as contrasted to a busy hospital or medical clinic
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.95.12
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mitigate
1 use
But even the truth would do little to mitigate his father's confusion.†
mitigate = make less harmful or unpleasant
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAll, p.11.39
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quell
2 uses
"Then what are you doing here?" she asked, unable to quell the panic creeping into her voice.†
quell = suppress or stop completely
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.5.66
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ration
13 uses
A few months of military rations weren't enough to banish the specter of malnutrition that haunted the Colony's poor outer ships, Walden and Arcadia.†
rations = fixed portions of something that is allotted — especially food for military personnel
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
to restrict the amount of something people can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage

or:

a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.253.96
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revoke
2 uses
If he wakes up and has any reason, any reason at all, to revoke your pardon, he will.†
revoke = void, cancel, or take back
DefinitionGenerally this sense of revoke means:
to void, cancel, or take back — especially to do so in an official manner
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.234.34
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superficial
1 use
It was becoming harder and harder to convince himself that his father was fine, that the bullet wound was only superficial.†
superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAll, p.137.84
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suppress
7 uses
Bellamy barely suppressed a snort.†
suppressed = kept or tried to 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)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.23.48
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