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Pride and Prejudice
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amiable
36 uses
He is perfectly amiable.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book36 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 42 uses
1  —29 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
But the misfortune of speaking with bitterness is a most natural consequence of the prejudices I had been encouraging.
consequence = result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (usually an undesired side effect)
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Book29 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 15
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2  —13 uses as in:
of little consequence
Oh! it is of no consequence.
consequence = importance or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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contrast   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
He was received by Mrs. Bennet with a degree of civility which made her two daughters ashamed, especially when contrasted with the cold and ceremonious politeness of her curtsey and address to his friend.
contrasted = compared to show differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 53
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2  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
Mr. Bingley had soon made himself acquainted with all the principal people in the room; he was lively and unreserved, danced every dance, was angry that the ball closed so early, and talked of giving one himself at Netherfield.  Such amiable qualities must speak for themselves.  What a contrast between him and his friend!  Mr. Darcy danced only once with Mrs. Hurst and once with Miss Bingley, declined being introduced to any other lady, and spent the rest of the evening in walking about the room, speaking occasionally to one of his own party.
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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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3
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3  —2 uses as in:
it is a contrast
Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, and ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a greater contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied.
contrast = something noticeably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Elizabeth admired the command of countenance with which...
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 28
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
...affording her their personal protection and countenance, is such a sacrifice to her advantage...
countenance = acceptance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
She has been allowed to dispose of her time in the most idle and frivolous manner, and to adopt any opinions that came in her way.
dispose = use up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to arrange, position, or use things
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 47
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
He paused in hopes of an answer; but his companion was not disposed to make any; and Elizabeth at that instant moving towards them, he was struck with the action of doing a very gallant thing, and called out to her: "My dear Miss Eliza, why are you not dancing?"
disposed = inclined (or motivated)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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disposition
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a kind disposition
She began now to comprehend that he was exactly the man who, in disposition and talents, would most suit her.
disposition = normal mood or personality
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood or personality
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 50
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endeavor
43 uses
"No, I thank you," she replied, endeavouring to recover herself.
endeavouring = trying or attempting
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book43 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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inclined
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
Mrs. Bennet had been strongly inclined to ask them to stay and dine there that day; but...
inclined = in the mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 56
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inquiry
33 uses
Elizabeth found the interest of the subject increase, and listened with all her heart; but the delicacy of it prevented further inquiry.
inquiry = questioning or investigating
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Book33 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 40 uses
1  —26 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
Mr. Bingley was obliged to be in town the following day, and, consequently, unable to accept the honour of their invitation, etc.
obliged = required (obligated) to do something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book26 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —10 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
The house, furniture, neighbourhood, and roads, were all to her taste, and Lady Catherine's behaviour was most friendly and obliging.
obliging = helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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3  —4 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness.
"I am much obliged to your ladyship for your kind invitation," replied Elizabeth, "but it is not in my power to accept it."
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 40 uses
1  —33 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
During their walk, it was resolved that Mr. Bennet's consent should be asked in the course of the evening.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book33 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 16
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2  —5 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
You are then resolved to have him?
resolved = determined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 39
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3  —2 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
You are each of you so complying, that nothing will ever be resolved on; so easy, that every servant will cheat you; and so generous, that you will always exceed your income.
resolved = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 52
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