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The Hound of the Baskervilles
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alternative
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
an alternative plan
There is no alternative, I assure you.
alternative = other possibility
DefinitionGenerally this sense of alternative means:
something available as another possibility
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
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amiable
5 uses
an elderly gentleman of a very amiable disposition
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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audacious
4 uses
It's the man himself, by all that's wonderful and audacious!
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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benevolent
2 uses
I have not finally made up my mind whether it is a benevolent or a malevolent agency which is in touch with us
benevolent = kind or good
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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conjecture
4 uses
He knew our number, knew that Sir Henry Baskerville had consulted me, spotted who I was in Regent Street, conjectured that I had got the number of the cab and would lay my hands on the driver
conjectured = concluded based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
There could not have been a greater contrast between brother and sister, for Stapleton was neutral tinted, with light hair and gray eyes, while she was darker than any brunette whom I have seen in England—slim, elegant, and tall.
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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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 7
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2  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
There is something tropical and exotic about her which forms a singular contrast to her cool and unemotional brother.
contrast = something noticeably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 8
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corroborate
2 uses
Their evidence, corroborated by that of several friends, tends to show that Sir Charles's health has for some time been impaired,
corroborated = supported
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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cunning
8 uses
You perceive the devilish cunning of it, for really it would be almost impossible to make a case against the real murderer.
cunning = cleverness and deception
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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Book8 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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discern
3 uses
I seemed to discern some signs of emotion upon the butler's white face.
discern = to see something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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dogged
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dogged by problems
A stranger then is still dogging us, just as a stranger dogged us in London.
dogging = following
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dogged means:
followed; or persistently annoyed
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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inquiry
13 uses
No, sir; I have made inquiry all over the hotel, but I can hear no word of it.
inquiry = investigation and questions
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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melancholy
10 uses
To his eyes all seemed beautiful, but to me a tinge of melancholy lay upon the country-side
melancholy = sadness
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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mitigate
2 uses
The man was a danger to the community, an unmitigated scoundrel for whom there was neither pity nor excuse.
unmitigated = complete (not diminished) — usually used to say that something that is harmful or unpleasant is not in any way made less bad
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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narrative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Narrative of the Life of...
I shall soon be in the position of being able to put into a single connected narrative one of the most singular and sensational crimes of modern times.
narrative = story
DefinitionGenerally this sense of narrative means:
a story
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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peasant
8 uses
Oh, you know the stories that the peasants tell about a phantom hound, and so on.
peasants = a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock

(editor's note:  Though commonly used in this past, the word peasants is seldom used today except possibly in relation to a very poor country.)
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book8 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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presumption   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
presumption of innocence
...presuming that all our conjectures are correct —
presuming = assuming (this is true even though I don't have proof)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of presumption means:
something thought of as true without proof
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Book1 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 12
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2  —1 use as in:
he is presumptuous
You will, I am sure, excuse my presumption
presumption = exercise of social privileges to which one might not entitled (in this case introducing himself)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of presumptuous means:
exercising privileges to which one is not entitled — such as being too familiar or too bossy
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Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7
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prosaic
2 uses
Had the prosaic finding of the coroner not finally put an end to the romantic stories which have been whispered in connection with the affair, it might have been difficult to find a tenant for Baskerville Hall.
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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revere
3 uses
He stood now gazing with great reverence at the famous detective.
reverence = deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 13
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