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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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affront
1 use
We'll take these fellows to the tavern and affront them with t'other couple, and I reckon we'll find out SOMETHING before we get through.
affront = create a confrontational face-to-face exchange

(editor's note:  This is a less common sense of affront that is sometimes seen in classic literature. Today it more commonly references an intentional insult.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of affront means:
an intentional insult; or to intentionally insult
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aggravate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
he aggravates me
if we minded our business and didn't talk back and aggravate them, we would pull through
aggravate = annoy or irritate
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blithe
1 use
...and you never see a cabin as blithesome as Jim's was when...
blithesome = carefree and happy
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candid
1 use
This is a surprise to me which I wasn't looking for; and I'll acknowledge, candid and frank, I ain't very well fixed to meet it and answer it;
candid = honest and direct
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contrite
1 use
come with a broken spirit! come with a contrite heart! come in your rags and sin and dirt! the waters that cleanse is free, the door of heaven stands open—
contrite = regretful over a mistake
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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contrived
2 uses
Why, I spotted you for a boy when you was threading the needle; and I contrived the other things just to make certain.
contrived = made up (arranged)
DefinitionGenerally contrived means:
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to convene
But Tom, he WAS so proud and joyful, he just COULDN'T hold in, and his tongue just WENT it—she a-chipping in, and spitting fire all along, and both of them going it at once, like a cat convention;
convention = large conference or meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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desperado
1 use
At last she come and begun to ask me questions, but I COULDN'T answer them straight, I didn't know which end of me was up; because these men was in such a fidget now that some was wanting to start right NOW and lay for them desperadoes, and saying it warn't but a few minutes to midnight; and others was trying to get them to hold on and wait for the sheep-signal; and here was Aunty pegging away at the questions, and me a-shaking all over and ready to sink down in my tracks I was that...
desperadoes = bold outlaws
DefinitionGenerally desperado means:
a bold outlaw — especially from the American old west
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dismal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a dismal expression
If you think it ain't dismal and lonesome out in a fog that way by yourself in the night, you try it once—you'll see.
dismal = depressing or gloomy
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disposition   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a kind disposition
Everybody was sorry she died... But I reckoned that with her disposition she was having a better time in the graveyard.
disposition = normal mood or personality
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood or personality
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2  —1 use as in:
a disposition to learn
Gentlemen, I wish the money was there, for I ain't got no disposition to throw anything in the way of a fair, open, out-and-out investigation o' this misable business; but, alas, the money ain't there; you k'n send and see, if you want to.
disposition = inclination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
inclination (something someone or something is inclined to do)
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dissipate
1 use
In other bills he had a lot of other names and done other wonderful things, like finding water and gold with a "divining-rod," "dissipating witch spells," and so on.
dissipating = making them disappear
DefinitionGenerally dissipate means:
to gradually disappear; or to gradually waste
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domestic
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
domestic happiness
They had white domestic awnings in front, and the country people hitched their horses to the awning-posts.
domestic = relating to a home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of domestic means:
relating to a home or family
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nabob
1 use
He had the whitest shirt on you ever see, too, and the shiniest hat; and there ain't a man in that town that's got as fine clothes as what he had; and he had a gold watch and chain, and a silver-headed cane—the awfulest old gray-headed nabob in the State.
nabob = a rich or powerful person
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ornery
13 uses
I felt so ornery and low down and mean that I says to myself;  I'll hive that money for them or bust.
ornery = cranky (easily annoyed and quick to complain and argue)

(editor's note:  Twain also uses ornery to describe someone as "low down", "coarse", or "unrefined".)
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1st useChapter 3
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palaver
1 use
Don't stand there palavering all day, but out with you and see if there's a fish on the lines for breakfast.
palavering = talking (about nothing important)
DefinitionGenerally palaver means:
talk — typically empty talk or flattery
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remiss
1 use
"Well, Sally, I'm in fault, and I acknowledge it; I've been remiss; but I won't let to-morrow go by without stopping up them holes."
remiss = careless in not doing a duty well enough
DefinitionGenerally remiss means:
careless — especially with regard to a duty
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scoundrel
3 uses
After all this long journey, and after all we'd done for them scoundrels, here it was all come to nothing, everything all busted up and ruined, because they could have the heart to serve Jim such a trick as that, and make him a slave again all his life, and amongst strangers, too, for forty dirty dollars.
scoundrels = people without moral principles
DefinitionGenerally scoundrel means:
someone without moral principles
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tedious
2 uses
It was most pesky tedious hard work and slow,
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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temperance
3 uses
First they done a lecture on temperance; but they didn't make enough for them both to get drunk on.
temperance = discouraging the drinking of alcohol
DefinitionGenerally temperance means:
not drinking alcohol because it is thought to be harmful

or:

moderation (not doing something excessively) — such as not eating or drinking too much
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