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1984 (Nineteen Eighty-Four) by Orwell
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 19 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
a Party member called upon to make a political or ethical judgement should be able to spray forth the correct opinions as automatically as a machine gun spraying forth bullets. His training fitted him to do this, the language gave him an almost foolproof instrument, and the texture of the words, with their harsh sound and a certain wilful ugliness which was in accord with the spirit of Ingsoc, assisted the process still further.
accord = agreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book10 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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2  —9 uses as in:
done of her own accord
His courage seemed suddenly to stiffen of its own accord.
own accord = own mind (without trying)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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capitalism
21 uses
There is far less to-and-fro movement between the different groups than happened under capitalism or even in the pre-industrial age.
capitalism = an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment
DefinitionGenerally capitalism means:
an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment — with the belief that voluntary exchanges harness inborn self-interest in millions of decisions that benefit society
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Book21 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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continuous
24 uses
Since about that time, war had been literally continuous, though strictly speaking it had not always been the same war.
continuous = continuing without interruption
DefinitionGenerally continuous means:
continuing in time or space without interruption or irregularity
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Book24 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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deliberate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 16 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
deliberate insult
In so far as he had time to remember it, he was not troubled by the fact that every word he murmured into the speakwrite, every stroke of his ink-pencil, was a deliberate lie.
deliberate = intentional
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally
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Book15 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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2  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
He rose deliberately from his chair and came towards them across the soundless carpet.
deliberately = slowly with care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
done with great care — often slowly
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Book1 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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demonstrate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
It demonstrates my point.
The belief that nothing exists outside your own mind — surely there must be some way of demonstrating that it was false?
demonstrating = showing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
to show
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 18
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2  —8 uses as in:
demonstrate to protest
All over Oceania this morning there were irrepressible spontaneous demonstrations when workers marched out of factories and offices and paraded through the streets with banners voicing their gratitude to Big Brother for the new, happy life which his wise leadership has bestowed upon us.
demonstrations = public displays of support
DefinitionGenerally this sense of demonstrate means:
a public display supporting a cause — usually joining with others in a political protest
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Book8 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 21 uses
1  —16 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
As they walked back across the grass, she looked directly at him for the first time.
directly = straight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (clear and explicit — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book16 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
directed the jury to...
...then a rumour flew round that spies were directing the rocket bombs by means of wireless waves, and an old couple who were suspected of being of foreign extraction had their house set on fire and perished of suffocation.
directing = guiding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands (directions that must be followed)
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Book1 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 13
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3  —4 uses as in:
directed the movie
It was O'Brien who was directing everything. ... It was he who decided when Winston should scream with pain, when he should have a respite, when he should be fed, when he should sleep, when the drugs should be pumped into his arm.
directing = supervising
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise or administer (often while giving directions or orders)
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Book4 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
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forgery
6 uses
Even the written instructions which Winston received, and which he invariably got rid of as soon as he had dealt with them, never stated or implied that an act of forgery was to be committed: always the reference was to slips, errors, misprints, or misquotations which it was necessary to put right in the interests of accuracy.
forgery = falsifying papers
DefinitionGenerally forgery means:
something that is represented as real even though it is a fake; or the making of such a fake item
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Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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heresy
27 uses
In the old days he had hidden a heretical mind beneath an appearance of conformity.
heretical = characterized by opinions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book27 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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moreover
11 uses
Any sound that Winston made, above the level of a very low whisper, would be picked up by it, moreover, so long as he remained within the field of vision which the metal plaque commanded, he could be seen as well as heard.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
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orthodox
30 uses
Orthodoxy means not thinking — not needing to think.
orthodoxy = conforming to commonly accepted beliefs and behaviors
DefinitionGenerally orthodox means:
thinking and behavior that is (or was) commonly accepted
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Book30 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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prevail
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
prevailing attitude
The prevailing emotion was simply curiosity.
prevailing = most powerful or influential
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prevailing means:
most common, powerful, or influential
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Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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proletariat
12 uses
Or perhaps you have returned to your old idea that the proletarians or the slaves will arise and overthrow us.
proletarians = workers
DefinitionGenerally proletariat means:
a social class consisting of those who must work for wages to support themselves
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Book12 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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rectify
8 uses
The messages he had received referred to articles or news items which for one reason or another it was thought necessary to alter, or, as the official phrase had it, to rectify.
rectify = correct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
make right or correct
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Book8 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
All of the disputed territories contain valuable minerals, and some of them yield important vegetable products such as rubber which in colder climates it is necessary to synthesize by comparatively expensive methods.
yield = produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce something wanted; or the thing or amount produced
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 17
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2  —2 uses as in:
yield to pressure
It was filled with some kind of heavy, sand-like stuff which yielded wherever you touched it.
yielded = gave way (was pushed back)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 10
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