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Gulliver's Travels
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affectation
3 uses
no pride, vanity, or affectation
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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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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Book27 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 26 uses
1  —18 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
The flying or floating island is exactly circular, its diameter 7837 yards, or about four miles and a half, and consequently contains ten thousand acres.
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (usually an undesired side effect)
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Book18 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3
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2  —8 uses as in:
of little consequence
The cottagers and labourers keep their children at home, their business being only to till and cultivate the earth, and therefore their education is of little consequence to the public:
consequence = importance or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useIntr.
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contrived
38 uses
The queen commanded her own cabinet-maker to contrive a box, that might serve me for a bedchamber,
contrive = devise (or arrange or invent)
DefinitionGenerally contrived means:
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
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Book38 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
appearances of uneasiness in his countenance
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —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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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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discourse
36 uses
This was my sincere endeavour in those many discourses I had with that monarch,
discourses = conversations
DefinitionGenerally discourse means:
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic
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Book36 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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disposition   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a kind disposition
whereupon I rose up, with as melancholy a disposition as ever I had in my life.
disposition = mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood or personality
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1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
a disposition to learn
But what I chiefly admired ... was the strong disposition I observed in them towards news and politics,
disposition = inclination (in this case, a tendency to have an interest)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
inclination (something someone or something is inclined to do)
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1st useChapter 3
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3  —1 use as in:
strategic troop disposition
and giving them a sudden turn, the whole disposition of the words was entirely changed.
disposition = the arrangement or position
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3
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endeavor
24 uses
I endeavoured to stop them as well as I could.
endeavoured = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book24 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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inhabitant
34 uses
It contains above eighty thousand houses, and about six hundred thousand inhabitants.
inhabitants = people that live in a particular place
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
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Book34 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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malicious
22 uses
they are cunning, malicious, treacherous, and revengeful.
malicious = wanting to see others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book22 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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metropolis
22 uses
The first request I made, after I had obtained my liberty, was, that I might have license to see Mildendo, the metropolis;
metropolis = large city
DefinitionGenerally metropolis means:
a large city — especially one that is considered important
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Book22 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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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Book23 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 18 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I was weary of being confined to an island where I received so little countenance, and resolved to leave it with the first opportunity.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book15 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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2  —3 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
I ate no other supper, being resolved to spare my provisions as much as I could.
resolved = determined (with firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useIntr.
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sagacious
4 uses
I durst make no return to this malicious insinuation, which debased human understanding below the sagacity of a common hound, who has judgment enough to distinguish and follow the cry of the ablest dog in the pack, without being ever mistaken.
sagacity = wisdom / intelligence
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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utmost
24 uses
it was with the utmost difficulty that I...
utmost = greatest
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Book24 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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