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anxiety
2 uses
Startled as she was, Alice was more frightened for him than for herself at the moment, and watched him with some anxiety as he mounted again.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
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Book2 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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beckon
2 uses
the soup ladle was walking up the table towards Alice's chair, and beckoning to her impatiently to get out of its way.
beckoning = summoning (in this case, calling her away from the table so as to get her chair)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to summon (call to join) with a gesture, or to be desirable and inviting
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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beseech
1 use
"O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
The Walrus did beseech.
"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:"
beseech = request
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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bewilder
2 uses
said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered.
bewildered = confused
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
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Book2 uses
Library17 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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conjure
2 uses
It was just like a conjuring-trick, she thought.
conjuring = bringing something into existence as if by magic
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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consequence
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
when you've once said a thing, that fixes it, and you must take the consequences.
consequences = results (things that follow from it)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Tweedledum interrupted in a tone of great contempt.
contempt = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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dismay
2 uses
she exclaimed in a tone of dismay, as she put her hands up to something very heavy, and fitted tight all round her head.
dismay = to feel or cause sadness, worry, or discouragement — often in response to something surprising
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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grave
6 uses
"You know," he added very gravely, "it's one of the most serious things that can possibly happen to one in a battle—to get one's head cut off."
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book6 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
...feeling very much inclined to laugh.
inclined = in the mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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indignant
4 uses
'I never ask advice about growing,' Alice said indignantly.
indignantly = with anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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ingenuity
1 use
said Alice, surprised at her own ingenuity.
ingenuity = cleverness (smart creativity)
DefinitionGenerally ingenuity means:
the ability to solve problems in smart creative ways
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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inquire
4 uses
Alice inquired a little anxiously.
inquired = asked
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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melancholy
4 uses
'Only it is so VERY lonely here!' Alice said in a melancholy voice; and at the thought of her loneliness two large tears came rolling down her cheeks.
melancholy = sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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oblige   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I am obliged by law.
There was a Beetle sitting next to the Goat (it was a very queer carriage-full of passengers altogether), and, as the rule seemed to be that they should all speak in turn, HE went on with 'She'll have to go back from here as luggage!'
  Alice couldn't see who was sitting beyond the Beetle, but a hoarse voice spoke next. 'Change engines—' it said, and was obliged to leave off.
obliged = required (obligated) to do something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
So much obliged!
obliged = grateful or indebted
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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provoke
7 uses
'It's VERY provoking,' Humpty Dumpty said after a long silence, looking away from Alice as he spoke, 'to be called an egg—VERY!'
provoking = irritating (causing an angry reaction)
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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scorn
2 uses
'When "I" use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.'
scornful = with disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
solemn
5 uses
'It can talk,' said Haigha, solemnly.
solemnly = with seriousness and dignity
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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trifle with
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a trifling matter
...hoping to make them a LITTLE ashamed of fighting for such a trifle.
trifle = something of small importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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