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Gulliver's Travels
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accord
34 uses
1  —34 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
a noble structure, built according to the best rules of ancient architecture.
according to = in keeping with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book34 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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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1st useChapter 1
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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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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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credulous
1 use
I have perused several books of travels with great delight in my younger days; but having since gone over most parts of the globe, and been able to contradict many fabulous accounts from my own observation, it has given me a great disgust against this part of reading, and some indignation to see the credulity of mankind so impudently abused.
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useChapter 4
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digress
2 uses
To return from this digression.
digression = a wandering from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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1st useChapter 3
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diligent
6 uses
he desired "I would go on with my utmost diligence to learn their language,"
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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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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erudite
1 use
These were searched and sought out through the whole nation, by the prince and his wisest counsellors, among such of the priesthood as were most deservedly distinguished by the sanctity of their lives, and the depth of their erudition; who were indeed the spiritual fathers of the clergy and the people.
erudition = deep scholarly knowledge
DefinitionGenerally erudite means:
having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
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1st useChapter 2
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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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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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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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1st useChapter 2
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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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Book22 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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insipid
1 use
It was at first a very insipid diet,
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
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1st useChapter 4
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obsequious
1 use
...the most obsequious and subservient to the will and passions of their master.
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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1st useChapter 4
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obstinate
3 uses
Which two mighty powers have, as I was going to tell you, been engaged in a most obstinate war for six-and-thirty moons past.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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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1st useChapter 4
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servile
3 uses
But it is impossible to express his noble resentment at our savage treatment of the Houyhnhnm race; particularly after I had explained the manner and use of castrating horses among us, to hinder them from propagating their kind, and to render them more servile.
servile = submissive
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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1st useChapter 2
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species
31 uses
For now I could no longer deny that I was a real Yahoo in every limb and feature, since the females had a natural propensity to me, as one of their own species.
species = a similar group of animals or plants whose members can interbreed
DefinitionGenerally species means:
a similar group of animals or plants identified as separate from others because they can interbreed (create baby animals)  with each other
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Book31 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useIntr.
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sufficient
24 uses
the kennels of the females are larger, sufficient to hold two or three cubs.
sufficient = adequate without being abundant
DefinitionGenerally sufficient means:
adequate (enough — often without being more than is needed)
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Book24 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1
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venerate
6 uses
I had not yet been a year in this country before I contracted such a love and veneration for the inhabitants, that I entered on a firm resolution never to return to humankind,
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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