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A Tale of Two Cities
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alacrity
1 use
"I willingly obey the orders of my Chief," said The Vengeance with alacrity, and kissing her cheek.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.14
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complacent
4 uses
Sydney Carton looked at his punch and looked at his complacent friend;
complacent = contented (unworried and happy)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.16
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contempt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
looked down upon him with the loftiest contempt.
contempt = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.22
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deference
5 uses
with less internal deference than he made an outward show of
deference = polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.10
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denounce
20 uses
I denounce them to Heaven and to earth.
denounce = to strongly criticize or accuse publicly
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book20 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.8
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despondent
5 uses
Up one minute and down the next; now in spirits and now in despondency!
despondency = depression
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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dubious
4 uses
Mr. Cruncher was soothed, but shook his head in a dubious and moral way.
dubious = doubtful or suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.12
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engender
5 uses
Physical diseases, engendered in the vices and neglects of men, will seize on victims of all degrees;
engendered = caused
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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latent
5 uses
The latent uneasiness in Darnay's mind was roused to vigourous life by this letter.
latent = potentially existing but not presently active
DefinitionGenerally latent means:
potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.24
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Monsieur
126 uses
Good day, monsieur.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "sir" in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book126 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.15
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obscure   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 12 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
Haunted by her feverish apprehensions, she could not bear to have her sight obscured for a minute at a time by the dripping water, but constantly paused and looked round to see that there was no one watching her.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 2.23
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2  —2 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Troubled as the future was, it was the unknown future, and in its obscurity there was ignorant hope.
obscurity = the condition of being unseen or unknown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 3.1
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3  —2 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
From the farmer-general of seventy, whose riches could not buy his life, to the seamstress of twenty, whose poverty and obscurity could not save her.
obscurity = the condition of not being famous or distinguished
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 2.12
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4  —6 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
The mildewy inside of the coach, with its damp and dirty straw, its disagreeable smell, and its obscurity, was rather like a larger dog-kennel.
obscurity = darkness (making it hard to see)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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remonstrate
6 uses
sufficiently disturbing the darkness to elicit loud remonstrance from an owl
remonstrance = protest
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
As the clock struck two, she was there, and at four she turned resignedly away.
resignedly = with acceptance that things are not as she hoped
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3.5
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sagacious
4 uses
If your sagacity, knowledge, and experience, could put me on the right track, I might be able to do so much; unenlightened and undirected, I can do so little.
sagacity = wisdom — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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ubiquitous
2 uses
...as if he had never heard of ubiquitous Jacques in his time.
ubiquitous = being present everywhere
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.14
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
Sow the same seed of rapacious license and oppression over again, and it will surely yield the same fruit according to its kind.
yield = produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce something wanted; or the thing or amount produced
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3.15
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2  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
An hour or two hence, and the low companions and low habits that I scorn but yield to, will render me less worth such tears as those, than any wretch who creeps along the streets.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2.13
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