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Far from the Madding Crowd
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 49-51
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credulous
1 use
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 16-18
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deride
3 uses
Critics derided her as unprofessional.
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-33
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discern
14 uses
The second picture has more pixels, but the human eye can't discern the difference.
discern = to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePref.
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disdain
3 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
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 4-6
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dragoon
5 uses
He was one of the dragoons who accompanied Napoleon into Egypt.
dragoons = a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen
DefinitionGenerally dragoon means:
a member of a European military unit formerly composed of heavily armed cavalrymen

or:

force someone to do something; or subjugate by imposing troops
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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dubious
4 uses
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4-6
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incipient
5 uses
She dealt with her problem with alcohol while it was still in an incipient state.
incipient = beginning to come into existence
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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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 28-30
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 8 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 34-36
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2  —3 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
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 16-18
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3  —2 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
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 4-6
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
parish
35 uses
Are we talking about a governmental or a religious parish?
parish = a local church community

or in Louisiana:  a jurisdiction of government like a county
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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perplex
13 uses
Scientists are perplexed by the mystery.
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
Web Links
resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
This year I resolved to lose a pound a week for 5 weeks.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4-6
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
She never waivered in her resolve to attend a good college.
resolve = determination (firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 22-24
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stoic
4 uses
She suffered quietly, courageously, with a stoic acceptance of her illness.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-45
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superfluous
7 uses
Eliminate superfluous words.
superfluous = more than is needed, desired, or required
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
Web Links
trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 20 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
trifle with her affections
She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28-30
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2  —16 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
trifling = things of little importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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