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acclaim
2 uses
Neither of them had ever sampled the acclaimed sweets of the market bakery.†
acclaimed = popularly and enthusiastically praised
From page 19.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally acclaim means:
to praise enthusiastically and publicly — sometimes choosing without opposition or a formal vote
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.2, p.19.5
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alliance
23 uses
That's why the queen's witchy ambassador has been staying at the palace, so she can secure an alliance.†
alliance = association formed to support common interests
From page 42.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally alliance means:
an association formed to support common interests
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Book23 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4, p.42.9
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coincide
1 use
"I am honored," he began, "that my coronation coincides with our most revered holiday.†
coincides = to be similar — especially to happen at the same time or place
From page 310.3  Typical Usage
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4.31, p.310.3
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condolence
7 uses
She had not even thought to give Kai her condolences, or wishes for the emperor's return of health.†
condolences = expression of sympathy
From page 27.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally condolence means:
an expression of sympathy to another who is in sorrow — typically in grief over a death in the family
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2, p.27.9
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contradict
1 use
The prince listed his head, as if challenging her to contradict him.†
contradict = disagree
From page 11.1  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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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.1, p.11.1
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coronation
25 uses
The only other noteworthy tidbit was that Prince Kai's coronation had been scheduled for the same evening of the Peace Festival, to take place before the ball.†
coronation = a ceremony of installing a new monarch (new king or queen)
From page 158.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book25 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.16, p.141.2
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disdain
3 uses
She was sure she'd go mad if all the market shopkeepers looked at her with the same disdain as Chang Sacha did.†
disdain = a lack of respect
From page 10.5  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.1, p.10.5
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indifferent
3 uses
Cinder feigned indifference.†
indifference = without interest
From page 298.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4.30, p.298.8
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lucrative
1 use
She'd had no qualms dismissing her when she found a lucrative means to do it, a way that could keep her free of guilt because, after all, they needed to find an antidote.†
lucrative = profitable
From page 130.9  Typical Usage
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.15, p.130.9
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monstrosity
4 uses
Even if she did find dress gloves and slippers that could hide her metal monstrosities, her mousy hair would never hold a curl, and she didn't know the first thing about makeup.†
monstrosities = things that are ugly or terrible — typically large
From page 32.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally monstrosity means:
something that is ugly or terrible — typically large
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3, p.32.9
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naive
6 uses
He was too young, too stupid, too optimistic, too naive.†
naive = lacking experience or sophistication, and the understanding that comes from them — often too trusting or optimistic
From page 139.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.16, p.139.7
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nevertheless
4 uses
Nevertheless, we must proceed with our work.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
From page 167.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.19, p.167.6
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optimistic
2 uses
Thank you for the optimism.†
optimism = a tendency to expect and see the best in all things
From page 72.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally optimistic means:
expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.16, p.139.7
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primarily
1 use
These two chambers are made primarily of silicon, mixed with bio tissue.†
primarily = mainly
From page 117.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.13, p.117.9
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ratio
9 uses
We haven't run her diagnostics yet, but I think she's going to have a pretty high ratio.†
ratio = relative quantities
From page 71.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally ratio means:
the relative magnitudes of two quantities — often expressed as a:b (which could also be expressed as the fraction a/b)
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.7, p.70.6
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refute
2 uses
She wanted to refute Pearl's claim, to call her a liar.†
refute = disprove or argue against
From page 343.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4.34, p.343.2
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relevant
2 uses
Dr. Erland filled his lungs slowly, then released them all at once, changing the display to the more relevant diagram of the patient's body.†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
From page 69.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1.7, p.69.8
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simultaneous
7 uses
He dipped his head in polite farewell, simultaneously pulling the edges of the hood farther over his face.†
simultaneously = at the same time
From page 13.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1.1, p.13.9
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taut
7 uses
Adri's eyes widened, her temples pulling taut against her skull.†
taut = pulled or drawn tight;
or: subjected to great tension
From page 67.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book7 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1.6, p.67.2
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vary
1 use
Cinder ignored her, selecting an assortment of varying tools and arranging them on Iko's magnetic torso.†
varying = differing; or changing
From page 30.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.3, p.30.7
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