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Don Quixote
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accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 82 uses
1  —73 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book73 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11-12
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2  —8 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.37-38
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3  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
They expect to be accorded the same respect as any other nuclear armed nation.
accorded = given special treatment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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chivalry
138 uses
Don Quixote was chivalrous, but delusional.
chivalrous = practiced the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak
DefinitionGenerally chivalry means:
courtesy — especially towards women

or:

the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak
Word Statistics
Book138 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7-8
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.17-18
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disdain
10 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1.0
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entreat
101 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book101 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9-10
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extol
12 uses
She extolled passage of the law as a victory for all Americans.
extolled = praised, glorified, or honored
DefinitionGenerally extol means:
praise, glorify, or honor
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.17-18
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel advertising ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2.25-26
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
She finally perceived the futility of her protest.
perceived = viewed in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2.31-32
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2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = become aware of
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 2.61-62
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perfidy
5 uses
She is guilty of perfidy if not treason.
perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.27-28
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prodigal
5 uses
The rainforest is filled with a prodigal variety of vegetation.
prodigal = abundant (many, many kinds)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.39-40
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prudent
28 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.21-22
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renegade
67 uses
renegade soldiers stole the supplies
renegade = rebel or outlaw
DefinitionGenerally renegade means:
a traitor, rebel or outlaw

or:

someone who is independent and unconventional is their outlook
Word Statistics
Book67 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.39-40
Web Links
resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.33-34
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.7-8
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
Some call Warren Buffett the "Sage of Omaha".
sage = someone known for being wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3-4
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
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 1.11-12
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2  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
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 1.35-36
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