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Through the Looking-Glass
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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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 6
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ballad
1 use
As the Knight sang the last words of the ballad, he ...
ballad = a song that tells a story
DefinitionGenerally ballad means:
a song (or poem) that tells a story
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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brandish
1 use
and a Knight dressed in crimson armor came galloping down upon her, brandishing a great club.
brandishing = aggressively waving (in this case, waving a club)
DefinitionGenerally brandish means:
the act of waving something or exhibiting something aggressively
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Book1 uses
Library3 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
Library7 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 (usually an undesired side effect)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 9
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
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
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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demure
1 use
Kitty sat very demurely on her knee
demurely = quietly
DefinitionGenerally demure means:
modest, quiet, and shy; or pretending such in a playful way
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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entangled
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
entangled in the branches
The brush has got entangled in it!
entangled = caught (twisted together)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of entangled means:
caught in

or:

twisted together into a confusing mass
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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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

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 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
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 4
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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
Library8 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 uses
Library4 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 uses
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
Library9 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
SATtop 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
Library21 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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vex
4 uses
He looked so vexed at the idea, that Alice changed the subject hastily.
vexed = annoyed
DefinitionGenerally vex means:
to annoy or disturb
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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