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allude
17 uses
There was no attitude in which his pride did not feel its bruises; and in all behavior toward him, whether kind or cold, he detected an allusion to the change in his circumstances.
allusion = indirect reference
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5.5
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 23 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
A vague idea of going to prison, as a consequence of debt, was the shape his fears had begun to take.
consequence = result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book19 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.6
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2  —4 uses as in:
of little consequence
She began to dislike Mr. Riley; it was evident he thought her silly and of no consequence.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.3
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discern
14 uses
Now superficial people never discern that...
discern = to notice or understand something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.6
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
...was a source of discord between himself and his parishioners,
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7.5
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
...he felt inclined to make the piano shriek in utter discord.
discord = unpleasant sound
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.7
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entreat
23 uses
"Don't you ask it, mum," said Bob, entreatingly.
entreatingly = in a pleading or persuading manner
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book23 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.6
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hypothesis
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
There was something rather bold in Miss Tulliver's direct gaze, and something undefinably coarse in the style of her beauty, which placed her, in the opinion of all feminine judges, far below her cousin Miss Deane; for the ladies of St. Ogg's had now completely ceded to Lucy their hypothetic claims on the admiration of Mr. Stephen Guest.†
hypothetic = possibly real, but not known for sure to be real
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.7
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impetuous
13 uses
"Leave me to myself, if you please," she said, with impetuous haughtiness, "and for the future avoid me."
impetuous = impulsive (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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Book13 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.3
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melancholy
19 uses
"I'm not going to stay a minute longer in this house. ..."
  "Dear heart, dear heart!" said Mr. Glegg in a melancholy tone, as he followed his wife out of the room.
melancholy = sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book19 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 37 uses
1  —32 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
Plain sewing was the only thing I could get money by, so I was obliged to try and do it well.
obliged = required (obligated) to do something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book32 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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2  —3 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
...he was a man of very obliging manners.
obliging = helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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3  —2 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
"Oh yes, thank you," said Maggie, "I'm very much obliged to you."
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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obstinate
13 uses
Tom's always very compliant to me; I don't think he's so obstinate.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.12
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parish
27 uses
Did ever anybody hear the like i' this parish?
parish = a local church community

or in Louisiana:  a jurisdiction of government like a county
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Book27 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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remonstrate
15 uses
said Lucy, in a tone of remonstrance, "I don't believe a word of that."
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue in protest or opposition
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Book15 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.11
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reproach
38 uses
But the reproach was the unendurable thing; the one thing worse than parting with her was, that she should feel he had acted unworthily toward her.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book38 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.1
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resolute
13 uses
Poor Tom bore his severe pain heroically, and was resolute in not "telling" of Mr. Poulter more than was unavoidable;
resolute = firm in purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.5
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resolution   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a New Year's resolution
We have failed to keep our resolutions;
resolutions = firm decisions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
a firm decision to do something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6.14
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
At one time you take pleasure in a sort of perverse self-denial, and at another you have not resolution to resist a thing that you know to be wrong.
resolution = determination (steadfastness; or firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
determination (firmness of purpose)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6.4
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