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To Kill a Mockingbird
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
"She wants to talk to you about the family and what it's meant to Maycomb County through the years, so you'll have some idea of who you are, so you might be moved to behave accordingly," he concluded at a gallop.
accordingly = in keeping with what was just stated (in this case, "who you are" as a member of your family)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13, p.178.10
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
I remembered something Jem had once explained to me when he went through a brief period of psychical research: he said if enough people—a stadium full, maybe—were to concentrate on one thing, such as setting a tree afire in the woods, that the tree would ignite of its own accord.
own accord = own mind (on its own) (in this case, without anyone lighting it on fire)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21, p.281.4
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acquit
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
she was acquitted
"You think they'll acquit him that fast?" asked Jem.
acquit = officially declare "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23, p.294.18
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congregation
1 use
One by one, the congregation came forward and dropped nickels and dimes into a black enameled coffee can.
congregation = people who worship together in the same building
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Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.162.60
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
...he had thought that up to make me understand he wasn't afraid of Radleys in any shape or form, to contrast his own fearless heroism with my cowardice.
contrast = point to the difference between
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 4, p.51.46
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2  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
As Atticus's fists went to his hips, so did Jem's, and as they faced each other I could see little resemblance between them: Jem's soft brown hair and eyes, his oval face and snug-fitting ears were our mother's, contrasting oddly with Atticus's graying black hair and square-cut features, but they were somehow alike.
contrasting = drawing attention to an unmissable difference when seen side-x-side
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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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 15, p.203.80
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cross-examination
6 uses
Never, never, never, on cross-examination ask a witness a question you don't already know the answer to, was a tenet I absorbed with my baby-food.
cross-examination = re-questioning a witness who has already been questionied by the other side in court
DefinitionGenerally cross-examination means:
the re-questioning of a witness who has already been questioned by the other side in court
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6, p.68.75
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defendant
15 uses
The defendant is not guilty, but somebody in this courtroom is.
defendant = a person legally accused in court
DefinitionGenerally defendant means:
a person or institution legally accused or sued in court
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15, p.193.6
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone.
He returned to Saint Stephens only once, to find a wife, and with her established a line that ran high to daughters.
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create or start
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1, p.4.52
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Hitler
16 uses
But it's okay to hate Hitler?
Hitler = German Nazi dictator during World War II who murdered millions of Jews and others
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Hitler means:
German Nazi dictator during World War II; murdered millions of Jews and others who were not of the Aryan race (1889-1945)
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Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26, p.327.79
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immaterial
3 uses
"Can't see what witness's literacy has to do with the case, irrelevant'n'immaterial."
immaterial = not important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of immaterial means:
not important, or not relevant
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17, p.236.48
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impair
2 uses
His speech was miraculously unimpaired by his cigar.
unimpaired = not made worse
DefinitionGenerally impair means:
make worse or less effective
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19, p.261.75
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narrator
1 use
Our only duties, as far as I could gather from our two rehearsals, were to enter from stage left as Mrs. Merriweather (not only the author, but the narrator) identified us.
narrator = a character who talks directly to the audience in a movie, play, or other performance
DefinitionGenerally narrator means:
someone who tells a story—especially the main voice in a documentary, or a character who talks directly to the audience in a movie, play or other performance
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 27, p.338.95
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novel
1 use
The idea that she had a separate existence outside our household was a novel one, to say nothing of her having command of two languages.
novel = new
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 12, p.167.20
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positive
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
You are positive that he took full advantage of you?
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt)
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 6, p.68.5
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reflect   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
reflect American Values
Atticus was feeble: he was nearly fifty. When Jem and I asked him why he was so old, he said he got started late, which we felt reflected upon his abilities and manliness.
reflected = showed or demonstrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
represent, demonstrate, or express
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 10, p.118.12
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2  —4 uses as in:
I want to reflect on it.
I was wearing my pink Sunday dress, shoes, and a petticoat, and reflected that if I spilled anything Calpurnia would have to wash my dress again for tomorrow.
reflected = thought
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
think carefully — possibly aloud or in writing
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9, p.113.2
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3  —1 use as in:
reflect the light/heat/sound
He was a thin leathery man with colorless eyes, so colorless they did not reflect light.
reflect = shine (bounce back)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
bounce back (rather than absorbing)
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Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1, p.14.68
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testify
8 uses
Tate testified that her right eye was blackened, that she was beaten around the...
testified = said
DefinitionGenerally testify means:
provide evidence of something — especially to say something under oath in a court of law
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16, p.220.81
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The following week the knot-hole yielded a tarnished medal.
yielded = produced
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 7, p.81.7
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