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abhor
24 uses
Shall I not then hate them who abhor me?
abhor = hate
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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Book24 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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acquit   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
she was acquitted
She is to be tried today, and I hope, I sincerely hope, that she will be acquitted.
acquitted = officially found "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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2  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
Twice I actually hired myself as an under-mate in a Greenland whaler, and acquitted myself to admiration.
acquitted = handled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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ameliorate
1 use
I felt the greatest eagerness to hear the promised narrative, partly from curiosity and partly from a strong desire to ameliorate his fate if it were in my power.
ameliorate = improve
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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amiable
14 uses
During all that period she appeared to me the most amiable and benevolent of human creatures.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book14 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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benevolent
22 uses
This was then the reward of my benevolence!
benevolence = kindness or generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book22 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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conjecture
12 uses
This account rather alarmed us, and we continued to search for him until night fell, when Elizabeth conjectured that he might have returned to the house.
conjectured = guessed based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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contrast
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
there is a contrast
Harmony was the soul of our companionship, and the diversity and contrast that subsisted in our characters drew us nearer together.
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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despondent
12 uses
...his eyes and attitude expressed the utmost sadness and despondency.
despondency = depression
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 21 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
directed her question to
I was surprised that among so many men of genius who had directed their inquiries towards the same science, that I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret.
directed = targeted
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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2  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
...when I reflect that you are pursuing the same course, exposing yourself to the same dangers which have rendered me what I am, I imagine that you may deduce an apt moral from my tale, one that may direct you if you succeed in your undertaking and console you in case of failure.
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useIntr.
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
dogmatic
1 use
His gentleness was never tinged by dogmatism, and his instructions were given with an air of frankness and good nature that banished every idea of pedantry.
dogmatism = stating opinions as absolute truth
DefinitionGenerally dogmatic means:
prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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entreat
18 uses
My dear son, I entreat you never to make such an assertion again.
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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epithet
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
racial epithet
The child still struggled and loaded me with epithets which carried despair to my heart; I grasped his throat to silence him, and in a moment he lay dead at my feet.
epithets = insulting or abusive words or phrases
DefinitionGenerally this sense of epithet means:
an insulting or abusive word or phrase
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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implement
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a small implement
I have copies of these letters, for I found means, during my residence in the hovel, to procure the implements of writing; and the letters were often in the hands of Felix or Agatha.
implements = small tools or other useful objects
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implement means:
a small tool or other useful object
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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penury
2 uses
It contained but two rooms, and these exhibited all the squalidness of the most miserable penury.
penury = a state of extreme poverty or destitution
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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sagacious
2 uses
Besides, I found that my understanding improved so much with every day's experience that I was unwilling to commence this undertaking until a few more months should have added to my sagacity.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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transitory
4 uses
These feelings are transitory;
transitory = lasting a short time
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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vacillate
1 use
The poor woman was very vacillating in her repentance.
vacillating = changing one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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wretch
25 uses
But it is true that I am a wretch.
wretch = bad person
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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