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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
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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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
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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bestow
30 uses
Here, I thought, is one of those whose joy-imparting smiles are bestowed on all but me.
bestowed = given
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
His countenance expressed sympathy and compassion;
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 21
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disposition
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
a kind disposition
This man, whose name was Beaufort, was of a proud and unbending disposition and could not bear to live in poverty and oblivion in the same country where he had formerly been distinguished for his rank and magnificence.
disposition = normal personality
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood or personality
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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endeavor
56 uses
But success SHALL crown my endeavours.
endeavours = attempts
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
Word Statistics
Book56 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
While this strange dialogue continued, I perceived the crowd rapidly increase.
perceived = saw
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 20
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reflect   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 34 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
reflect in the mirror
Its fair lakes reflect a blue and gentle sky, and when troubled by the winds, their tumult is but as the play of a lively infant when compared to the roarings of the giant ocean.
reflect = show back (an image)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
show an image back (on a mirror or other shiny surface)
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 12
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2  —28 uses as in:
I want to reflect on it.
I paused some time to reflect on all he had related and the various arguments which he had employed.
reflect = think carefully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
think carefully — possibly aloud or in writing
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 23
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reflection   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 29 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
After reflection, I think...
Accordingly I hid myself in some thick underwood, determining to devote the ensuing hours to reflection on my situation.
reflection = careful thought
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflection means:
careful thought — sometimes concerning memories
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useIntr.
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2  —16 uses as in:
share my reflections about it
Pursuing these reflections, I thought that if I could bestow animation upon lifeless matter, I might in process of time (although I now found it impossible) renew life where death had apparently devoted the body to corruption.
reflections = thoughts
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflections means:
thoughts or memories
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
...a thousand conflicting emotions rendered her mute...
rendered = made
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 18
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered with, or rendered from
...the lake reflected the scene of the busy heavens, rendered still busier by the restless waves that were beginning to rise.
rendered = portrayed (made to look)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to portray or create something in a particular way; or to interpret, translate, or extract from

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 23
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 37 uses
1  —36 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
...and I resolved to remain silent.
resolved = definitely decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book36 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 10
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
He said little, but when he spoke I read in his kindling eye and in his animated glance a restrained but firm resolve not to be chained to the miserable details of commerce.
resolve = determination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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sublime
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
she is sublime
These sublime and magnificent scenes afforded me the greatest consolation that I was capable of receiving.
sublime = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sublime means:
wonderful — often beautiful or morally admirable
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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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wretched
24 uses
I relied on your innocence, and although I was then very wretched, I was not so miserable as I am now.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad, in various senses such as:
  • unfortunate or miserable
  • of poor quality
  • morally bad
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
It was a most beautiful season; never did the fields bestow a more plentiful harvest or the vines yield a more luxuriant vintage, but my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature.
yield = produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce something wanted; or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
yield to pressure
I fear that he will become an idler unless we yield the point and permit him to enter on the profession which he has selected.
yield = give up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3
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