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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
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Book17 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 5.5
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 18 uses
1  —14 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 (usually an undesired side effect)
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Book14 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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 or significance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1.3
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...slowly, as if he were trying to defer the moment of a painful parting.
defer = postpone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 5.2
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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 uses
Library1 uses 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 uses
Library1 uses 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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Euclid
17 uses
With the same unerring instinct Mr. Stelling set to work at his natural method of instilling the Eton Grammar and Euclid into the mind of Tom Tulliver.
Euclid = Greek mathematician known as the Father of Geometry (3rd century BC)
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Book17 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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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 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.3
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inclined
3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
...he checked his inclination to laugh, and said quietly...
inclination = tendency (desire)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2.3
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?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
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
Library4 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
Library4 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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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
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.1
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privation
10 uses
People who seem to enjoy their ill temper have a way of keeping it in fine condition by inflicting privations on themselves.
privations = things that are lacking which are needed to live in a satisfactory manner
DefinitionGenerally privation means:
lack of basic things needed to live in a satisfactory manner
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Book10 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.12
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renounce
30 uses
Put your hand on this Bible, and say, 'I renounce all private speech and intercourse with Philip Wakem from this time forth.'
renounce = to formally give up
DefinitionGenerally renounce means:
to formally reject, give up, or turn away from

(as in to give up the power of a monarch, to change belief , behavior, support, or association)
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Book30 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.9
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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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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
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 6.4
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resolve
7 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
that they were glad enough to offer him a share in the business; that was what Tom resolved "he" would do.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 3.5
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?  —3 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
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