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accord
49 uses
1  —49 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
we must try to re-arrange our lives in accordance with that fact.
accordance = in keeping with (or in agreement with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
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Book49 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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aesthetic
1 use
Celia was playing an "air, with variations," a small kind of tinkling which symbolized the aesthetic part of the young ladies' education,
aesthetic = appreciation of beauty
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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agitate
45 uses
she was in a state of agitation which could not be hidden.
agitation = emotional unrest
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up — emotionally (such as anxiety) or physically (such as shaking)
Word Statistics
Book45 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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anxiety
48 uses
Bulstrode went away now without anxiety as to what Raffles might say in his raving,
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Book48 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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apparent
40 uses
Bulstrode carried his candle to the bedside of Raffles, who was apparently in a painful dream.
apparently = obviously
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Book40 uses
Library55 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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capricious
7 uses
And all this was to have come ... in the shape of an old gentleman's caprice.
caprice = impulsive action
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
invited to step from the labor and discord of the street into a paradise where everything is given to you
discord = conflict (or unpleasant noise)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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imply
48 uses
he put out his hand, as if to imply that the conversation was closed.
imply = communicate the idea without saying it directly that
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book48 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 1
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incantation
2 uses
...as Voltaire said, incantations will destroy a flock of sheep if administered with a certain quantity of arsenic.
incantations = the saying of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
she had had no inclination to fetch them from the library.
inclination = desire (tendency; or attitude favoring)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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2  —2 uses as in:
on an incline or incline his head
and chin seeming to follow his hat-brim in a moderate inclination upwards,
inclination = angle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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indecision
1 use
"I shall stay with Christy," observed Jim; as much as to say that he had the advantage of those simpletons; whereupon Letty put her hand up to her head and looked with jealous indecision from the one to the other.
indecision = inability to make a decision due to uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally indecision means:
leaving a decision unmade due to uncertainty; or a general tendency to leave decisions unmade
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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indifferent
39 uses
I would rather have a good second husband than an indifferent first.
indifferent = disinterested (having no interest)
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book39 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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indignant
40 uses
However just her indignation might be, her ideal was not to claim justice, but to give tenderness.
indignation = anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book40 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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inevitable
26 uses
He could not help remembering that he had lately made some debts, but these had seemed inevitable,
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Book26 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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novel
1 use
He pronounced the last truly admirable word with the accent on the last syllable, not as unaware of vulgar usage, but feeling that this novel delivery enhanced the sonorous beauty which his reading had given to the whole.
novel = pleasantly new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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ostentatious
8 uses
nothing is more offensive than this ostentation of reform, where there is no real amelioration.
ostentation = actions intended to attract notice and impress others
DefinitionGenerally ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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philanthropy
12 uses
I believe he is a sort of philanthropist,
philanthropist = someone who helps others — especially by donating money to worthy causes
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book12 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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sensuous
4 uses
Riding was an indulgence which she allowed herself in spite of conscientious qualms; she felt that she enjoyed it in a pagan sensuous way, and always looked forward to renouncing it.
sensuous = relating to pleasure from the body's senses rather than from the mind
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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venerate
5 uses
he leaned on her young trust and veneration, he liked to draw forth her fresh interest in listening, as a means of encouragement to himself
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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