2 the fury that I had seen at his house. warily, Wary: careful and suspicioussynonyms: leery, cautiousantonyms: impulsive, careless, heedless, unwary,forms: Noun: wariness Verb: OOAdjective: wary Adverb: warilyrelated words: beware, warnexpecting more ofStephenie Meyer, New MoonI watched his reactionthe fury that I had seen at his house.warily,and dangerous.John Steinbeck, The Pearlcautious, andSome animal thing was moving in him so that he wasRobert Cormier, I am the Cheeseagain, on guard, and mistrustful.He waswaryreluctant.Stephenie Meyer, TwilightHer eyes werewary,wary,Any form of the word wary will appear once in every 603 pages of text.
3 how he had done quite well in his Then I recollect remembersynonyms: recallantonyms: forgetforms: Noun: recollection, recollectionsVerb: recollect, recollects, recollected,recollectingAdjective: Adverb: 00related words: collectof her faceCharlotte Bronte, Jane Eyreand person are correct.She was pretty, too, if mylaw practice.Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Menhow he had done quite well in hisThen IAlexander Dumas, The Count of Monte CristoShe would invoke the past, recall oldrecollectedrecollectionsrecollections.flashed into his mind.Fyodor Dostoevsky, The IdiotA painfulrecollectionAny form of the word recollect will appear once in every 140 pages of text.
4 of getting along without magic. Ingenious: brilliantsynonyms: inventiveantonyms: dull, ignorantforms: Noun: ingenuity, ingeniousness Verb: OOAdjective: ingenious Adverb: ingeniouslyrelated words: geniousJ.K. Rowling, HP and the Chamber of Secretsof getting along without magic.really,l how many ways Muggles have foundIngenious,Edgar Allan Poe, The Purloined Letterthan bold.The method of theft was not lessSue Monk Kidd, The Secret Life of Beesmethod of ridding the house of roaches– cracker crumbs and marshmallows.I thought about explaining to her my mother’sdevices forJRR Tolkien, The Hobbittroubled the world, especially theThe invented some of the machines that have sincekilling large numbers of people at once.ingeniousingeniousingeniousAny form of the word ingenious will appear once in every 265 pages of text.
5 I glanced at him saw him looking at me with utter focus, Shrewd: having a sharp mind, able to see intopeople’s motivations, being able to make carefuland thoughtful decisions in one’s own interests,not likely to be fooledsynonyms: keen, astute, sharp, perceptive,calculatingantonyms: foolish, gullible, naïve, obtuse, denseForms: Noun: shrewdness Verb: 00Adjective: shrewd Adverb: shrewdlyhis eyes clear andI glanced at him saw him looking at me with utter focus,Jodi Piccault, Change of Hearteye.“Now Max,” said Nix, peering at him with aHenry H. Neff, The Fiend and the ForgeshrewdMy boys are young, but they are veryKhaled Hosseini, The Kite Runnereyessuddenly sharper.“Hold on, Wanda,” Jeb said, hisStephenie Meyer, The Hostshrewdshrewd.Any form of the word shrewd will appear once in every 326 pages of text.
6 carried her away from the goddess. Luke gathered up Annabeth’s Listless: having no energysynonyms: enervated, washed out, lazyantonyms: energetic, alert, livelyForms: Noun: listlessness Verb: 00Adjective: listless Adverb: listlesslybody andcarried her away from the goddess.Luke gathered up Annabeth’sRick Riordan, The Titan’s Curse“I don’t feel up to it,” said Dorian,Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian GrayThe muddy waters in the after-the-flood churnedRudolfo Anaya, Bless Me Ultimaand distracted.You smell like cigarettes when you come home, you’reSarah Dessen, Someone Like Youlistlesslistlessly.listlesslistlessly.Any form of the word listless will appear once in every 1,990 pages of text.
7 Fewer tears had been shed because the intensity of Wane: fade out; become lesssynonyms: diminish, weaken, wither, recedeantonyms: intensify, grow, waxForms: Noun: 00 Verb: wane, wanes, waningwanedAdjective: 00 Adverb: 00away.feeling between us hadFewer tears had been shed because the intensity ofNicholas Sparks, Dear Johngray light.It was dusk, and there were only a few minutes in theNicholas Sparks, Message in a Bottlenow and then, for mostadmit my attentionAllie was unable to recognize me at any time, and INicholas Sparks, The Notebookof my thoughts were of that day we had just met.wanedwaninglight, Julie’s features took on aIn thepale glow.Nicholas Sparks, GuardianwaningwanedAny form of the word wane will appear once in every 886 pages of text.
8 of memories of the night, and I felt with it a Deluge: flood Forms: Noun: delugeVerb: 00Synonym: inundation Adjective: deluged (by)Antonym: drought Adverb: 00of memories of the night, and I feltwith it aThe sound of his voice, serious and husky, broughtStephenie Meyer, Breaking Dawna blush color my face and neck.of mud.In autumn, on the other hand, we haveAlbert Camus, The Plagueof saliva in my mouth.behind my eyes and aThe mere thought of the word provoked a shot of painYann Martel, Life of PiThecontinues as if the Gamemakers areintent on washing us all away.Suzanne Collins, The Hunger GamesdelugedelugesdelugedelugeAny form of the word deluge will appear once in every 1,018 pages of text.
9 steely narrowing of her eyes, the heavy, enunciated Belittle: make someone feel small and worthlesssynonyms: berate, insult, discourageantonyms: flatter, boost, fawn over, compliment, praise, encourageForms: Noun: 00 Verb: belittle, belittles, belittling, belittledAdjective: 00 Adverb: 00sighs that could be sosteely narrowing of her eyes, the heavy, enunciatedYou just knew, by the expression of her face, by theSara Dessen, Just Listenthat words, any words,seemed preferable to him.their partners.Others were so full of themselves that theyRandy Pausch, The Last Lecturethe place where they were born.People oftenMitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heavenhis freckles andjacket, when sheShe had known all along, when she criticized the minkAmy Tan, The Joy-Luck Clubcomplained about his drinking habits.belittlebelittledbelittledbelittlingAny form of the word belittle will appear once in every 4,482 pages of text.
10 of pain was more than I could bear. The and sweat streamed Agony: severe, prolonged painForms: Noun: agony, agoniesVerb: agonize, agonizes, agonizedagonizingAdjective: 00 Adverb: 00of pain was more than I could bear.TheRudolfo Anaya, Bless Me Ultimaand sweat streameddown his face.His face contracted inS.E. Hinton, The Outsidersa yell of pain and a scream ofEverybody in the game knew the difference betweenDarren Shan, A Vampire’s AssistantHe groaned and twisted inDavid Almond, Skellegagonyagony,agony.agony.Any form of the word agony will appear once in every 193 pages of text.
11 was terrible; likewise was Wrath: angersynonyms: rage, furyForms: Noun: wrath Verb: 00Adjective: wrathful Adverb: wrathfullyyourself.Do it, or feel myJ.K. Rowling, HP and the Deathly HollowsGray Beaver’sJack London, White Fangwas terrible; likewise wasWhite Fang’s wrath.wrath.wrathof the dragons yet again?If you were to try, would that not yet again incur theJames A. Owen, Here There Be DragonsShe stood shivering beneath the torrent of her mother’sStephen Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streetswrathwrath.Any form of the word wrath will appear once in every 215 pages of text.
12 and yet the littlest things make such a Grandeur: great beauty and majesty, eithernatural or man-madesynonyms: ostentation, glory, magnificenceantonyms: simplicity, ordinarinessForms: Noun: grandeur Verb: 00Adjective: grand Adverb: grandlyand yet the littlest things make such aMy days are consumed by war--its awful scale andHenry H. Neff, The Maelstromdifference.The great hall was a sight, stunning in itsJames A. Owen, Here There Be Dragonsaspirations ofHow maddening it was to be born in a cotton field withMaya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Singsof the great fish.We watched in silence the beauty andRudolfo Anaya, Bless Me Ultimagrandeurgrandeur.grandeur--grandeur.Any form of the word grandeur will appear once in every 502 pages of text.
13 I stared at him, confused and Appalling: shocking, horrifyingsynonyms: mortifying, shameful, disgracefulantonyms: soothing, reassuring, gratifyingForms: Noun: 00 Verb: appall, appalls,appalled, appallingAdjective: 00 Adverb: appallinglyI stared at him, confused andStephenie Meyer, New Moonfar below.crash as they struck waterThere was anHenry H. Neff, The MaelstromAxe.completely shocked, and so wasHe wasMarcus Luttrell, Lone Survivorliar.And then you’re such anStephenie Meyer, The Hostappalled,appallingappallingappalled.Any form of the word appall will appear once in every 531 pages of text.
14 I did not want any of that kind of trouble, and to keep a Cordial: politesynonyms: courteous, friendly, warmantonyms: rude, boorish, uncouth, aloofForms: Noun: cordiality Verb: 00Adjective: cordial Adverb: cordiallyOrigin: cord: heartdistance would be best.I did not want any of that kind of trouble, and to keep aMargaret Atwood, Alias Graceto everybody—a sophisticated and ultimately false front.He learned to beDavid Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedarsour meeting will be anything less thanThere is, of course, no reason at all to suppose thatKazuo Ishiguro, Remains of the Daycordialprofessional handling of this situation.And thank you so much for yourSarah Dessen, The Lullabycordial,cordialcordialAny form of the word cordial will appear once in every 280 pages of text.
15 It was understandably a nightmare, a monster of the Grisly: horrifyingly bloody,sickeningly violentsynonym: gruesome, macabreantonyms: pleasant, gentle, softkind.It was understandably a nightmare, a monster of theThe Eclipse, Stephenie Meyerthat I couldn’t bear it.The pictures in my head had turned soThe Host, Stephenie Meyersights, the ward was peaceful.Despite suchThe Maelstrom, Henry H. NeffgrislygrislyThemurders--”I turned away from theKiss the Girls, James PattersonTV coverage and I had to sigh out loud.grislygrisliestThe word grisly will appear once in every 3,296 pages of text.
16 I knew he was feeling that this was just more Illustrious: famous and repected; highly accomplishedsynonym: reveredantonym: disgraced, lowlyEtymology: from lustr-, meaning light or shineI knew he was feeling that this was just moreThe Ultimate Gift, Jim Stovallfather’s expectations?time failed to live up to hisThat was probably true, for my husband was ofNot Without My Daughter, Betty Mahmoodyimplicit even in his name.lineage in his homeland, a factYourJ.D. Robb, Glory in Deathassociate Morse is drooling downmy neck.illustriousillustriousillustriousAnd here is ourRobert Ludlum, The Bourne Ultimatumrelative from Boston…illustriousThe word illustrious appears once in every in 427 pages of text.
17 now, and they throb during most of my waking hours. Grotesque: horribly abnormalsynonym: distortedantonym: normal, beautifulForms: Noun: 00 Verb: 00Adjective: grotesqueAdverb: grotesquelyThe Notebook, Nicholas Sparksnow, and they throb during most of my waking hours.My hands are misshapen andgrotesquegrotesquegrotesqueThe Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albomshade, a fading blueberry.His skin was aHoles, Louis Sacharface.No one even dared to look at hisHP and the Order of the Phoenix, J.K. Rowlingface, his mouth saggingMalfoy made aopen and his eye rolling.grotesqueThe word grotesque will appear once in every 640 pages of text.
18 out to the car, muttering Charlie Saunter: walk in a slow, casual, leisurely waysynonym: amble, strollantonym: marchForms: Noun: OO Verb: saunter, saunters, saunteredsaunteringAdjective: Adverb: 00Eclipse, Stephenie Meyerout to the car, mutteringCharlieabout impatience.saunteredThrough the Looking Glass, Lewis Carrollby them, with his hands in his pockets.At this moment the UnicornInherit the Wind, Robert E. Lee and Jerome Lawrenceon, chewing on an apple.HORNBECKIdentical, Ellen Hopkinsup the stage steps.Totally guilt free, IsaunterssauntersaunteredAny form of the word saunter will appear once in every 1,004 pages of text.
19 -tossed and storm-torn, As they watched, the Tempest: stormForms: Noun: tempest, tempests Verb: 00Adjective: Adverb: 00Nine Princes in Amber, Roger ZelaznyWe wereas the poets say.-tossed and storm-torn,Eragon, Christopher PaoliniAs they watched, thewrath struck him like a hammer blow.tempesttempest’sChristopher Paolini, Brisingrroared: a whirlwind ofIn his mind aflashing blades and severed limbs .Dune, Frank HerbertPaul took a deep breath, trying to still thewithin him.tempesttempestAny form of the word tempest will appear once in every 374 pages of text.
20 And when I lost, I was filled with growing dread, and Prodigy: a a child with extraordinary talent in a specific area, usuallythe arts, mathematics, science, or sportsRelated to: produce, prodigious (fruitful, producing a great amount)The Joy-Luck Club, Amy TanAnd when I lost, I was filled with growing dread, andthen terror that I was no longer alost the gift and had turned into something ordinary.that I hadNineteen Minutes, Jodi Piccaultmust have been a childIs that my cue to say something like, you?prodigyprodigy,A Living Nightmare, Darren Shanremarkable child, a trueI said to myself, ‘Larten, there goes a mostprodigy.Lord of Light, Roger Zelaznyand a weapons master.You were a mechanicalprodigyAny form of the word prodigy will appear once in every 474 pages of text.
21 looked around for some sign of Fleur. junction Junction: point of intersectionRelated words: juncture, conjunctionEtymology: junct, meaning joiningHe paused as aof two paths andlooked around for some sign of Fleur.J.K. Rowling, HP and the Goblet of Firejunctionand tail brush.was shaded by a row of treesThe trialTim O’Brien, The Things They Carriedof the stairs.feel the ache of true exhaustion in her legs and armsShe limped down the corridor--she was beginning toCassandra Clare, City of Bonesjunctionmarking aThe truck headed toward an intersection that had signsJames Patterson, The Angel Experimentjunction.junctionAny form of the word junction will appear once in every 718 pages of text.
22 It explains any number of massacres, Massacre: an event in which multiple people arebrutally murderednear-synonym: slaughterAnd Billy had seen the greatest massacre in human history, which was thebombing of Dresden.Kurt Vonnegut, Slaugherhouse-Fivewars, executions.It explains any number ofDon Delillo, White Noisemassacres,thisJanice shouted through her hands, “Someone stopChang-Rae Lee, Native SpeakerAnd Billy had seen the greatestin human history, which was the bombing of Dresden.Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-FivemassacreIt was nothing less than aMarcus Lutrell, Lone Survivormassacre.massacre!”Any form of the word massacre will appear once in 477 pages of text.
23 like measles or tenanus or TB. died of Ailment: sickness, disease, painSynonym: maladyForms: Noun: ailment, ailmentsVerb: ail, ails, ailed, ailingAdjective: 00 Adverb: 00like measles or tenanus or TB.died ofNot surprisingly, they tended to shrug when patientsTracy Kidder, Mountains Beyond Mountainsailmentsbut it was unsightly, to say the least.A benign cyst, it was not a life-threateningNicholas Sparks, Nights in Rodantheailment?Next, she offered: What herb cures allChristopher Paolinni, Eldestailmentsabout theirThe benches are always packed with people talkingFrank McCourt, Angela’s Ashesailments.Any form of the word ailment will appear once in 1,438 pages of text.
24 There were three splotches of blood below the Laceration: cut in the skin; woundForms: Noun: laceration, lacerationsVerb: lacerate, lacerates, lacerated, laceratingAdjective: 00 Adverb: 00knuckles.There were three splotches of blood below thekeyhole from hisStephen King, The Shiningkidney, and I’ll stillfractured skull, aYou suffered thirteen wounds, a broken shoulder, aHenry H. Neff, The Maelstromwager that you recover within a week.twice as deep as the others.jaggedThe knife swerved as a result, leaving her with a long,Chrisopher Paolini, Brisingrlaceratedwas on your upper lip.The worstKhalid Hosseini, Kite RunnerlacerationlacerationlaceratedAny form of the word laceration will appear once in every 2,928 pages.
25 menace who lived to cause Havoc: a state of massive violence and confusionSynonym: mayhemAntonym: tranquility, peace, serenityExpression: to wreak (reek) havocmenace who lived to causePeeves was the school poltergeist, a grinning, airborneJ.K. Rowling, HP and the Chamber of Secretsand distress.in the world.they were wreakingThe folk he’d made were evil, they’d gone all wrong,David Almond, ClaywreakingSince they have moved into the open, they have beenJ.K. Rowling, HP and the Half-Blood Princeand then died somewhere overland on the Gulf.The storms have always raged across Florida, wreakingDavid Eggers, Zeitounhavoc,havochavoc.havocThe word havoc will appear once in every 1,324 pages of text.