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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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apathy
1 use
She had sunk into a dreary apathy and would not be roused.
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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auspicious
1 use
Everything was auspicious.
auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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congregation
1 use
There was a rustling of dresses, and the standing congregation sat down.
congregation = group of people who worship together in the same building
DefinitionGenerally this sense of congregation means:
people who worship together in the same building
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Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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conspicuous
8 uses
Profound silence; silence so deep that even their breathings were conspicuous in the hush.
conspicuous = attracting attention by being easily heard
DefinitionGenerally conspicuous means:
easily noticed — typically attracting attention such as by being large, flashy, or unusual
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Forms of Political Government Compared and Contrasted
contrasted = compared to show differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 21
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credulous
1 use
Tom bent down close to it and said, "Lady-bug, lady-bug, fly away home, your house is on fire, your children's alone," and she took wing and went off to see about it —which did not surprise the boy, for he knew of old that this insect was credulous ... and he had practised upon its simplicity more than once.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 14
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diligent
4 uses
Diligence and attention soon gave him the knack of it,
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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dismal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a dismal expression
Everything was dismally still.
dismally = depressingly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dismal means:
depressing or gloomy
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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eloquent
6 uses
The mayor of the village, in delivering the prize to the author of it, made a warm speech in which he said that it was by far the most "eloquent" thing he had ever listened to,
eloquent = powerful use of language
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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furtive
7 uses
He worshipped this new angel with furtive eye, till he saw that she had discovered him;
furtive = an attempt to avoid notice
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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guile
2 uses
Aunt Polly asked him questions that were full of guile... for she wanted to trap him into damaging revealments.
guile = cunning and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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jubilant
4 uses
But although Tom's ear tingled, his heart was jubilant.
jubilant = full of high-spirited delight
DefinitionGenerally jubilant means:
full of happiness and joy — typically because of some triumph or success
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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melancholy
14 uses
all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit.
melancholy = sadness
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book14 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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perplex
7 uses
He scratched his head with a perplexed air,
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
There was a long silence, profound and unbroken;
profound = of great intensity
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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resolve
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Tom resolved that he would never trust a man like that again.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 11
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tedious
6 uses
Three dreadful days and nights dragged their tedious hours along,
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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tranquil
5 uses
Huck's face lost its tranquil content, and took a melancholy cast.
tranquil = calm and undisturbed
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —1 use as in:
trifle with her affections
The thing failed this time, however, so the boys shouldered their tools and went away feeling that they had not trifled with fortune, but had fulfilled all the requirements that belong to the business of treasure-hunting.
trifled with = treated thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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2  —14 uses as in:
a trifling matter
...at a point where the Mississippi River was a trifle over a mile wide,
trifle = little (of small quantity or importance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book14 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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