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Nicholas Nickleby
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complacent
17 uses
Having settled the question in this way, and being most complacently satisfied that in this, and in all other instances, her conjecture could not fail to be the right one, Mrs Nickleby dismissed it from her thoughts, and inwardly congratulated herself on being so shrewd and knowing.
complacently = without concern — often to a fault
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book17 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 18
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 33 uses
1  —28 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
'Yes, I have,' replied Nicholas, 'by that man Squeers, and I have beaten him soundly, and am leaving this place in consequence.'
consequence = a result of something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (usually an undesired side effect)
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Book28 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 10
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2  —5 uses as in:
of little consequence
'Never mind it, my dear,' observed Squeers in a soothing manner; 'it's of no consequence.'
consequence = importance or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
with the faintest trace of a grin lingering 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 28
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2  —2 uses as in:
giving countenance
...would render him no countenance or assistance.
countenance = approval (or show of favor)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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1st useChapter 46
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credulous
2 uses
Seek no mercy from me, sir, in behalf of the fellow who has imposed upon your childish credulity, but let him expect the worst that I can do.'
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useChapter 59
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
I will not defer it for an hour.
defer = postpone (delay)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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1st useChapter 53
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engender
2 uses
poverty should engender an honest pride, that it may not lead and tempt us to unworthy actions,
engender = cause
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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1st useChapter 2
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 7 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
it obscured my view
Newman gave a nod, put it in his hat, and was shuffling away, when Gride, whose doting delight knew no bounds, beckoned him back again, and said, in a shrill whisper, and with a grin which puckered up his whole face, and almost obscured his eyes: 'Will you—will you take a little drop of something—just a taste?'
obscured = hid
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 52
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2  —2 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
This wife died a year and a half ago ... in some obscure place, where she was housekeeper in a family.
obscure = not known to many people and undistinguished
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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1st useChapter 20
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3  —1 use as in:
was obscure, but now bright
Newman followed—he would have followed head first, but for the timely assistance of Nicholas—and, taking his hand, led him through a stone passage, profoundly dark, into a back-kitchen or cellar, of the blackest and most pitchy obscurity, where they stopped.
obscurity = dark or dingy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 40
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prudent
11 uses
If my brother had been a man of activity and prudence, he might have left you a rich woman, ma'am:
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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remonstrate
28 uses
She might object, remonstrate, shed tears, talk of his being too old, and plead that her life would be rendered miserable.
remonstrate = argue in protest or opposition
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Book28 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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render   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
How base would it be of me to take advantage of the circumstances which placed her here, or of the slight service I was happily able to render her,
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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1st useChapter 61
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
he was rendered restless and uncomfortable by the presence of the unseen person;
rendered = made
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 60
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3  —1 use as in:
rendered with, or rendered from
I myself ... will render it an act of greater baseness, meanness, and cruelty in him if he still dares to force this marriage on.
render = interpret (consider)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to portray or create something in a particular way; or to interpret, translate, or extract from

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 54
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retort
82 uses
"Don't tell me a lie," retorted the schoolmaster.
retorted = quickly replied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book82 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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sanguine
12 uses
thinking himself, perhaps with good reason, very fortunate to be endowed with so buoyant and sanguine a temperament.
sanguine = confidently optimistic and cheerful
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Book12 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 23 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
trifle with her affections
I must know it sooner or later; and what purpose can be gained by trifling with the matter for a few minutes, when half the time would put me in possession of all that has occurred?
trifling with = treating thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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2  —20 uses as in:
a trifling matter
The very staircase nearly down to the hall-door, was crammed with beautiful and luxurious things, as though the house were brimful of riches, which, with a very trifling addition, would fairly run over into the street.
trifling = something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book20 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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