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Northanger Abbey
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alacrity
1 use
After a couple of minutes' unbroken silence, Henry, turning to Catherine for the first time since her mother's entrance, asked her, with sudden alacrity, if Mr. and Mrs. Allen were now at Fullerton?
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 17 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
But you are not aware of the consequences; it will involve you in a very cruel embarrassment, and certainly bring on a disagreement between us.
consequences = results (things that will follow from it)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (usually an undesired side effect)
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Book7 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 16
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2  —10 uses as in:
of little consequence
I dare say we could do very well without you; but you men think yourselves of such consequence.
consequence = importance or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 12
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Eleanor's countenance was dejected,
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The Clifton scheme had been deferred,
deferred = postponed (put off until another time)
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 13
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digress
2 uses
And, "I really have not patience with the general," was uttered twice after Mr. Allen left the room, without any relaxation of anger, or any material digression of thought.
digression = wandering from the main topic
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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duplicity
1 use
Her duplicity hurts me more than all; till the very last, if I reasoned with her, she declared herself as much attached to me as ever, and laughed at my fears.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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endeavor
19 uses
She said nothing; and Eleanor, endeavouring to collect herself and speak with firmness, but with eyes still cast down, soon went on.
endeavouring = trying or attempting
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book19 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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entreat
12 uses
Let me entreat you never to think of him again, my dear Catherine; indeed he is unworthy of you.
entreat = ask or attempt to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
Catherine had neither time nor inclination to answer.
inclination = desire (an attitude favoring)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 10
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inquiry
14 uses
...he was on inquiry satisfied; for he had early in the evening taken pains to know who her partner was, and had been assured of Mr. Tilney's being a clergyman, and of a very respectable family in Gloucestershire.
inquiry = investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Book14 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 4
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 33 uses
1  —22 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
I must be at Woodston on Monday to attend the parish meeting, and shall probably be obliged to stay two or three days.
obliged = required (obligated)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book22 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —6 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
Mrs. Hughes could not have applied to any creature in the room more happy to oblige her than Catherine.
oblige = grant a favor to someone
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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3  —5 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness.
—she felt more obliged to the two young men for this simple praise than a true-quality heroine would have been for fifteen sonnets in celebration of her charms, and went to her chair in good humour with everybody, and perfectly satisfied with her share of public attention.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
Henry and Eleanor, perceiving nothing in her situation likely to engage their father's particular respect, had seen with astonishment the suddenness, continuance, and extent of his attention;
perceiving = viewing in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
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Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 30
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2  —2 uses as in:
though blind, can perceive light
...she was suddenly roused by a touch on the shoulder, and turning round, perceived Mrs. Hughes directly behind her,
perceived = saw
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 5
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remonstrate
4 uses
Isabella, however, caught hold of one hand, Thorpe of the other, and remonstrances poured in from all three.
remonstrances = arguments in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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resolve
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
She resolved on not answering Isabella's letter, and tried to think no more of it.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 24
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sagacious
2 uses
I leave it to my reader's sagacity to determine how much of all this it was possible for Henry to communicate at this time to Catherine, how much of it he could have learnt from his father, in what points his own conjectures might assist him, and what portion must yet remain to be told in a letter from James.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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trifle with
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
a trifling matter
You should never fret about trifles.
trifles = unimportant things

(editor's note:  To fret is to worry.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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