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War and Peace
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 90 uses
1  —80 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book80 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —10 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
animate
95 uses
1  —95 uses as in:
animated by her strong belief
The right to pursue happiness is an animating principle of American government.
animating = inspiring people to action
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
Word Statistics
Book95 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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censure
9 uses
They censured him for bringing dishonor upon the Senate.
censured = formally criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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complacent
11 uses
He had become complacent after years of success.
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
I defer to her expertise.
defer = submit or yield
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7
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disdain
13 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
forage
11 uses
forage for firewood
forage = searched for and gathered
DefinitionGenerally forage means:
to search for and gather — often food and provisions
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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impetuous
11 uses
She regretted her impetuous promise.
impetuous = impulsive (made suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel advertising ideas.
novel = 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 15
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 15 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
2  —9 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 14
Web Links
3  —4 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
philanthropy
6 uses
Her primary interests are family and philanthropy.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
querulous
5 uses
He said it in a slightly querulous tone.
querulous = habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
refute
7 uses
The speaker refuted his opponent's arguments.
refuted = proved or argued that something is false
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to prove or attempt to prove that something is false
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
reproach
71 uses
She reproached him for being thoughtless and lazy.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
Word Statistics
Book71 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
resolute
53 uses
She stood resolute as some complained that she was asking too much of the team.
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book53 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
vacillate
3 uses
She was determined and did not vacillate in the least.
vacillate = to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
zeal
11 uses
She attacks each challenge with zeal.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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