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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

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sions", 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 discussions from discuss, explosions from explode, and revisions from revise.)
From page 237.6  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAll, p.237.6
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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 pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
From page 6.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book7 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.6.8
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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
From page 92.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAll, p.92.7
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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
From page 2.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.251.4
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brusque
2 uses
"Good luck, son," Wells's father said, assuming his trademark brusqueness.†
brusqueness = abruptness (quickness without taking the time to be  friendly)

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
From page 19.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally brusque means:
abrupt (sudden and quick — without taking the time to be friendly)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.19.7
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conscious
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
environmentally conscious
Glass brought her hand up self-consciously, grimacing slightly when she realized that her hair had fallen out of her hat.†
self-consciously = with nervousness or discomfort felt by someone due to concern about what others will think of them
From page 269.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conscious means:
aware or concerned about something
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Book2 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.84.2
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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
From page 304.8  Typical Usage
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."
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAll, p.304.8
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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 uses few words or is abrupt and perhaps discourteous or rude
From page 198.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally curt means:
brief to the point of rudeness
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.198.3
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
He'd been the undisputed champion of the hand-to-hand combat course during officer training.†
undisputed = not challenged, argued about, or fought over

(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in undisputed means not and reverses the meaning of disputed. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
From page 57.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useAll, p.57.2
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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
From page 71.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally evaluate means:
to think carefully and make a judgment about something
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAll, p.118.7
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grave
3 uses
"A chastity belt," Luke said gravely.†
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
From page 125  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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
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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAll, p.125
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indignant
8 uses
"No, sir," Wells said, biting back his indignation.†
indignation = anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong

(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.)
From page 11.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book8 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAll, p.11.2
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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
From page 95.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.95.1
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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
From page 11.4  Typical Usage
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useAll, p.11.4
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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
From page 5.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.5.7
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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
From page 2.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
verb:  to restrict the amount of something each person can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage, or when more is wanted than is available

or:

noun:  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
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Book13 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.253.9
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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
From page 205.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of revoke means:
to void, cancel, or take back — especially to do so in an official manner
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.234.3
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suppress
7 uses
Bellamy barely suppressed a snort.†
suppressed = kept or tried to keep under control
From page 23.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.23.5
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twinge
5 uses
He felt a twinge of guilt for being such a jerk to her the night before.†
twinge = a sudden, short-lived feeling of pain or emotion
From page 76.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.76.7
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utter
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
utter stupidity
It felt utterly worthless without Luke there to see her in it.†
utterly = completely or totally
From page 35.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useAll, p.35.9
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