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advocate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
an advocate supporting
Now, in this case, I, who am the right owner, lie under two great disadvantages: first, my lawyer, being practised almost from his cradle in defending falsehood, is quite out of his element when he would be an advocate for justice, which is an unnatural office he always attempts with great awkwardness, if not with ill-will.†
advocate = person who publicly speaks on behalf of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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2  —2 uses as in:
an advocate in court
Whether advocates and orators had liberty to plead in causes manifestly known to be unjust, vexatious, or oppressive?†
advocates = lawyers
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a lawyer or officer of the court in some jurisdictions in Europe, colonial America, and the military
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alacrity
1 use
...if I had then known the nature of princes and ministers, which I have since observed in many other courts, and their methods of treating criminals less obnoxious than myself, I should, with great alacrity and readiness, have submitted to so easy a punishment.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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censure
12 uses
I am not ignorant how much I have been censured for mentioning this last particular.
censured = criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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conjecture
27 uses
And although this were little better than conjecture, yet I resolved to steer my course eastward, hoping to reach the south-west coast of New Holland,
conjecture = opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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convey
14 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
convey her safely to
I was conveyed to his own house; and at my earnest request he led me up to the highest room backwards.†
conveyed = transported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
transport
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countenance
3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
giving countenance
I was weary of being confined to an island where I received so little countenance,
countenance = approval (in this case to show the favor of conversation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
The fountains, gardens, walks, avenues, and groves, were all disposed with exact judgment and taste...
disposed = arranged or placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to arrange, position, or use things
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
...she is more disposed to reward than to punish.
disposed = inclined (has a tendency to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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entreat
17 uses
After this decisive conclusion, I entreated to be heard a word or two.
entreated = requested
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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expedient
9 uses
this magnificent palace would have infallibly been burnt down to the ground, if, by a presence of mind unusual to me, I had not suddenly thought of an expedient.
expedient = an action that is speedy or practical — especially one that accepts tradeoffs due to circumstances
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a florid style
Their style is clear, masculine, and smooth, but not florid; for they avoid nothing more than multiplying unnecessary words, or using various expressions.
florid = elaborate (with much decorative detail)
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forbearance
22 uses
I could not forbear shaking my head, and smiling a little at his ignorance.
forbear = stop myself from (refrain from)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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passage
5 uses
To confirm what I have now said, and further to show the miserable effects of a confined education, I shall here insert a passage, which will hardly obtain belief.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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pedantic
1 use
stupid, proud pedants
pedants = people too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
So that controversies, wranglings, disputes, and positiveness, in false or dubious propositions, are evils unknown among the Houyhnhnms.†
positiveness = the state of being absolutely sure of something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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2  —1 use as in:
had a positive effect
...and they showed, with great strength of reason, "that the royal throne could not be supported without corruption, because that positive, confident, restiff temper, which virtue infused into a man, was a perpetual clog to public business."†
positive = good or beneficial
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prodigious
23 uses
And who knows but that even this prodigious race of mortals might be equally overmatched in some distant part of the world, whereof we have yet no discovery.
prodigious = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
My eldest uncle John had left me an estate in land, near Epping, of about thirty pounds a-year; and I had a long lease of the Black Bull in Fetter-Lane, which yielded me as much more; so that I was not in any danger of leaving my family upon the parish.†
yielded = produced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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2  —3 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Their mutton yields to ours, but their beef is excellent.†
yields = gives way (in claiming superiority)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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