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Wuthering Heights
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affirm
27 uses
The servants affirmed they had not seen her.
affirmed = stated
DefinitionGenerally affirm means:
a firm statement that something is true

or:

expressing emotional support or encouragement for someone
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Book27 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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assiduous
1 use
'I'm sorry for it, Miss Catherine,' was my response; and I proceeded assiduously with my occupation.
assiduously = diligently (with care and persistent effort)
DefinitionGenerally assiduous means:
diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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aversion
14 uses
As lads they had an aversion to each other,
aversion = dislike
DefinitionGenerally aversion means:
dislike that leads to avoidance
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 1
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compel
25 uses
She wanted to run, breathless as she was, up-stairs to Mr. Linton's room; but I compelled her to sit down on a chair, and...
compelled = forced
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 2
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 21 uses
1  —16 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your presence is a moral poison that would contaminate the most virtuous: for that cause, and to prevent worse consequences, I shall deny you hereafter admission into this house, and give notice now that I require your instant departure.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (usually an undesired side effect)
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 10
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2  —5 uses as in:
of little consequence
A man's life is of more consequence than one evening's neglect of the horses:
consequence = importance or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
The father launched towards his son a glance of bitter contempt.
contempt = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
I couldn't bear to witness her sorrow:  to see her pale, dejected countenance, and heavy eyes:
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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credulous
1 use
What use were anger and protestations against her silly credulity?
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 22
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...he did not like to defer the pleasure...
defer = postpone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 20
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entreat
17 uses
I entreated, and finally attempted to force her to retire.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
...I was inclined to believe ... that conscience had turned his heart to an earthly hell.
inclined = had a tendency
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 33
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perceive
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
...as soon as he perceived her vacant seat, he sent me to call her.
perceived = become aware of (in this case by seeing)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 33
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
provoke
21 uses
she has provoked me when I could not bear it;
provoked = angered
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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refute
2 uses
"I didn't touch you, you lying creature!" cried she, her fingers tingling to repeat the act, and...
"What's that, then?" I retorted, showing a decided purple witness to refute her.
refute = prove or argue that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or attempt to prove that something is false
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 15
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resolve
21 uses
1  —21 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I thought her conduct odd; and having remained alone a long while, I resolved on going and inquiring whether she were better, and asking her to come and lie on the sofa, instead of up-stairs in the dark.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 12
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scorn
24 uses
harsh words of scorn and intolerance
scorn = disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2
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vex
17 uses
But I have been vexed, because you wouldn't come.
vexed = annoyed
DefinitionGenerally vex means:
to annoy or disturb
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 17 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
...a wealthy soil, that might yield luxuriant crops under other and favourable circumstances.
yield = produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce something wanted; or the thing or amount produced
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 18
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2  —15 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Even you, Nelly, if we have a dispute sometimes, you back Isabella at once; and I yield like a foolish mother: I call her a darling, and flatter her into a good temper.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 19
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