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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 55 uses
1  —52 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
arranged in exact accordance with the wishes of your guardian
accordance = agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book52 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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2  —3 uses as in:
done of her own accord
The lady said, of her own accord and not of his seeking, that her name was an assumed one.
own accord = own mind (voluntarily without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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allegory
10 uses
"Good night!" says Mr. Tulkinghorn, and goes home to Allegory and meditation.
allegory = a fictional story whose characters, items, or events are symbolic to express a deeper meaning
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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amiable
26 uses
he might have had amiable intentions.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book26 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-45
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condescending
25 uses
He had no sense of the honour done him and his daughter by the lady's condescension;
condescension = the act of doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book25 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 60 uses
1  —54 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
If you get into debt, you must pay your debts or take the consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (usually an undesired side effect)
Word Statistics
Book54 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4-6
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2  —6 uses as in:
of little consequence
It is not an illness of any serious consequence, Sir Leicester.
consequence = importance or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7-9
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
things yet to come of those long-deferred hopes
deferred = postponed (put off)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 16-18
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
...he then defers to Miss Flite ... and at some length, she performs the courtly ceremony of presentation.
defers = submits or yields
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 46-48
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deport   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 43 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deport from the U.S.
I'd deport him!
deport = force (him) to leave the country
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deport means:
force someone to leave a country
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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2  —42 uses as in:
deport herself with dignity
deporting himself so beautifully
deporting = behaving (in a manner)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deport means:
behave in a certain manner
Word Statistics
Book42 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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entreat
35 uses
I beg and entreat of you not to do it.
entreat = attempt to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 66 uses
1  —27 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
"I am sorry, ladies," he said, standing bare-headed at the carriage-door when all was ready, "that I am obliged to conduct you nearly two miles out of the way."
obliged = required (obligated) to do something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book27 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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2  —10 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
"Why this," returns George, not able to be very conciliatory at first, "is Matthew Bagnet, who has obliged me in that matter of ours, you know."
obliged = granted a favor to
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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3  —29 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness.
I am much obliged to you for one of the pleasantest evenings I ever spent in my life.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book29 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
...and no human creature could render her any aid.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
I was rendered motionless.
rendered = made (caused to become)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 34-36
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sagacious
10 uses
But of course I said nothing in reply except that I would do my best, though I feared (I realty felt it necessary to repeat this) that he thought me much more sagacious than I was.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
trifle with her affections
My Lady trifles with the screen and makes them glitter more, again with that expression which in other times might have been so dangerous to the young man of the name of Guppy.
trifles with = treats thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22-24
Web Links
2  —10 uses as in:
a trifling matter
And when it came to creditors making rows at the office and to people that the office dealt with making complaints about dirty trifles of borrowed money, why there was an end of that connexion.
trifles = things of small importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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