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The Count of Monte Cristo
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chateau
194 uses
She restored the chateau and turned it into a small hotel.
chateau = an impressive country house (or castle) in France
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Book194 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-2
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contrast   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 14 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
Contrast winter in Panama with winter in Alaska.
contrast = point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 10
1st useChapter 57-58
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2  —8 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The contrast in their leadership styles is striking. Olivia motivated people with fear. Isabella motivated them with praise.
contrast = notable 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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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 33-34
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3  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
College is quite a contrast to high school.
contrast = something notably 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 89-90
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
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 111-112
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defame
2 uses
He threatened legal action if she continued to defame him in her articles.
defame = to hurt someone's reputation through false statements
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 85-86
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immaterial
4 uses
For political reasons, most senators had to vote for the bill. The fine print was immaterial to the final vote.
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 59-60
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Monsieur
171 uses
Monsieur and Madame Curie studied radium.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "sir" in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book171 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 67-68
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obscure   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 15 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The stars are obscured by the clouds.
obscured = hidden or made 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 33-34
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2  —3 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For some obscure reason that goes back many years, they don't like each other.
obscure = not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 9-10
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3  —2 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The obscure battle is hardly mentioned in history books.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 17-18
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4  —7 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
The once shiny silver was now tarnished and obscure.
obscure = dark, dingy, or inconspicuous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-8
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
She finally perceived the futility of her protest.
perceived = viewed 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
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 111-112
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2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
I could perceive the ship coming over the horizon.
perceive = become aware of
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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Book1 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 73-74
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perfidy
2 uses
She is guilty of perfidy if not treason.
perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 95-96
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prudent
35 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book35 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 51-52
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render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
We're waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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Book1 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 45-46
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made (caused to become)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 53-54
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sagacious
5 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9-10
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transitory
1 use
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23-24
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