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Middlemarch
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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
Word Statistics
Book49 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
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
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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
Word Statistics
Book48 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
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
Word Statistics
Book40 uses
Library50 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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
Word Statistics
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 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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impetuous
18 uses
she burst forth in her most impetuous manner.
impetuous = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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
Word Statistics
Book48 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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
Word Statistics
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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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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
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
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 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
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 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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reticent
13 uses
She showed her usual reticence to her parents, and only said, that if Lydgate had done as she wished he would have left Middlemarch long ago.
reticence = reluctance to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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scrupulous
16 uses
You have not implied to me that the symptoms which—I am bound to testify—you watched with scrupulous care, were those of a fatal disease.
scrupulous = diligent (attention to detail)
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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 uses 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
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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