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The Count of Monte Cristo
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chateau
194 uses
As usual, a pilot put off immediately, and rounding the Chateau d'If, got on board the vessel between Cape Morgion and Rion island.
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
And Maximilian was patient, and employed himself in mentally contrasting the two girls,—one fair, with soft languishing eyes, a figure gracefully bending like a weeping willow; the other a brunette, with a fierce and haughty expression, and as straight as a poplar.
contrasting = pointing to differences between
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
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
"I was at the festival of my marriage, monsieur," said the young man, his voice slightly tremulous, so great was the contrast between that happy moment and the painful ceremony he was now undergoing;
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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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
His calm and serene look formed a singular contrast to Albert's grief-stricken face, who approached also, followed by the other four young men.
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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1st useChapter 89-90
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Morrel turned away to conceal the confusion of his countenance.
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 111-112
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defame
2 uses
...I think you are running a great risk of a prosecution for defamation of character.
defamation = the hurting of someone's reputation through false statements
DefinitionGenerally defame means:
to hurt someone's reputation through false statements
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1st useChapter 85-86
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immaterial
4 uses
"True," said Monte Cristo, "the loss of a sum of money becomes almost immaterial with a fortune such as you possess, and to one of your philosophic spirit."
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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1st useChapter 59-60
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Monsieur
171 uses
Monsieur Albert appears to me quite innocent of the treason
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
...he saw only a gray mass, which was veiled also by a cloud, which at that moment obscured the moon's feeble light.
obscured = hid
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
At this instant a bright light shot through the mind of Dantes, and cleared up all that had been dark and obscure before.
obscure = not clearly seen or understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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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 family began to get accustomed to their obscurity.
obscurity = the condition of being undistinguished
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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SATtop 2000
1st useChapter 17-18
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4  —7 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
Immediately afterwards the light expired, and the room was plunged in frightful obscurity,
obscurity = darkness
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
You perceive, then, that he is not happy?
perceive = to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
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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
He even thought he could perceive something on the ground at a distance;
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 73-74
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perfidy
2 uses
"Provided I understand your perfidy, sir, and succeed in making you understand that I will be revenged, I shall be reasonable enough," said Albert furiously.
perfidy = act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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1st useChapter 95-96
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prudent
35 uses
Prison had made Edmond prudent, and he was desirous of running no risk whatever.
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
I was made baron, and ... in return for services rendered,
rendered = given
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 45-46
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Your position as secretary to the minister renders your authority great on the subject of political news;
renders = makes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 53-54
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sagacious
5 uses
Morcerf asked leave to retire; he had to collect the documents he had long been preparing against this storm, which his sagacity had foreseen.
sagacity = wisdom
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
Fortunately, as regarded this circumstance at least, his painful past gave to his countenance an indelible sadness, and the glimmerings of gayety seen beneath this cloud were indeed but transitory.
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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