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Oliver Twist
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acquiesce
6 uses
'So it is,' acquiesced Mr. Claypole.
acquiesced = reluctantly agreed
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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alacrity
3 uses
The girl jumped up, with great alacrity; poured it quickly out, but with her back towards him; and held the vessel to his lips, while he drank off the contents.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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alternative
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
an alternative plan
This flood of tears left Mr. Sowerberry no alternative. If he had hesitated for one instant to punish Oliver most severely, it must be quite clear to every experienced reader that he would have been, according to all precedents in disputes of matrimony established, a brute, an unnatural husband, an insulting creature, a base imitation of a man, and...
alternative = other possibility
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
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benevolent
8 uses
In fact, if it had not been for a good-hearted turnpike-man, and a benevolent old lady ... he would most assuredly have fallen dead upon the king's highway.
benevolent = kind and generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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complacent
7 uses
He looked tired and worn, but there was the same complacent repose upon his features that they always wore:
complacent = contented (unworried and happy)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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condescending
8 uses
...with a condescending smile.
condescending = a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
He had listened to their taunts with a look of contempt;
contempt = disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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contrast
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
there is a contrast
CHAPTER XXXVII IN WHICH THE READER MAY PERCEIVE A CONTRAST, NOT UNCOMMON IN MATRIMONIAL CASES
contrast = difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 39
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countenance
2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
...and was shaking her fist at him with a furious countenance.
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 2
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
desist
2 uses
Notwithstanding the evidently useless nature of their search, they did not desist until the coming on of night rendered its further prosecution hopeless; and even then, they gave it up with reluctance.
desist = to not do something
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
Having disposed of these evil-minded persons for the night,
disposed = finished with them for the evening (settled things so they no longer required attention)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
...she was disposed to be too communicative,
disposed = inclined (had a tendency)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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engender
3 uses
the perspiration which his rage had engendered
engendered = caused
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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expedient
7 uses
Such brains are fertile in expedients.
expedients = actions that are speedy or practical (in this case, implying the actions have tradeoffs that would not be accepted by a more high-minded person)
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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impetuous
7 uses
all undertaken with his characteristic impetuosity.
impetuosity = impulsiveness (the trait of acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book7 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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obscure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
it obscured my view
and pulling the collar up over his ears so as completely to obscure the lower part of his face:
obscure = hide (make less visible)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 8
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2  —5 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
Just pausing to observe which appeared the most crowded streets, and consequently the most to be avoided, he crossed into Saint John's Road, and was soon deep in the obscurity of the intricate and dirty ways, which, lying between Gray's Inn Lane and Smithfield, render that part of the town one of the lowest and worst that improvement has left in the midst of London.
obscurity = the condition of being unknown to most people and undistinguished
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 42
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obstinate
9 uses
There's a obstinate pauper for you!'
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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prudent
8 uses
He advanced as near as he considered prudent, and kept on the opposite side of the street, the better to observe her motions.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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remonstrate
12 uses
At any other time, this remonstrance, and the tone in which it was delivered, would have had the desired effect; but the girl being really weak and exhausted, dropped her head over the back of the chair, and fainted, before...
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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