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accord
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
All of us had an ample share of the treasure and used it wisely or foolishly, according to our natures.
according to = depending upon (in keeping with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
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Book6 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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calumny
1 use
They go the length of declaring that this honest creature would do anything for money, that the HISPANIOLA belonged to him, and that he sold it me absurdly high—the most transparent calumnies.†
calumnies = false accusations against a person
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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1st useChapter 7
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cease
8 uses
The captain, who had so long been a cause of so much discomfort, was gone where the wicked cease from troubling.
cease = to stop or discontinue
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 23
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comprehend
3 uses
I could not comprehend why the watchmen had taken no alarm.
comprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Book3 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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desist
1 use
It was my first thought to pluck forth the dirk, but either it stuck too hard or my nerve failed me, and I desisted with a violent shudder.†
desisted = stopped
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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1st useChapter 27
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detestable
1 use
The neighbourhood, to our ears, seemed haunted by approaching footsteps; and what between the dead body of the captain on the parlour floor and the thought of that detestable blind beggar hovering near at hand and ready to return, there were moments when, as the saying goes, I jumped in my skin for terror.†
detestable = deserving intense dislike
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1st useChapter 4
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duplicity
1 use
I had by this time taken such a horror of his cruelty, duplicity, and power that I could scarce conceal a shudder when he laid his hand upon my arm.
duplicity = deception — usually in a sustained manner
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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1st useChapter 12
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
The rocks of the Spy-glass re-echoed it a score of times; the whole troop of marsh-birds rose again, darkening heaven, with a simultaneous whirr; and long after that death yell was still ringing in my brain, silence had re-established its empire, and only the rustle of the redescending birds and the boom of the distant surges disturbed the languor of the afternoon.†
re-established = restored
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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1st useChapter 14
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perish
4 uses
But good did come of the apple barrel, as you shall hear, for if it had not been for that, we should have had no note of warning and might all have perished by the hand of treachery.†
perished = died, was destroyed, or ceased to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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perjury
1 use
And first, I'll give you a bit of hope; Silver, if we both get alive out of this wolf-trap, I'll do my best to save you, short of perjury."†
perjury = the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
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1st useChapter 30
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resolute
1 use
As soon as I remembered I was not defenceless, courage glowed again in my heart and I set my face resolutely for this man of the island and walked briskly towards him.
resolutely = with firm purpose or belief
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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sentry
5 uses
We'll have to do sentry-go and ease off a point or so on the rum.†
sentry = someone who stands guard
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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shirk
1 use
"Search him, some of you shirking lubbers, and the rest of you aloft and get the chest," he cried.†
shirking = avoiding
DefinitionGenerally shirk means:
to avoid something — such as a duty or responsibility
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1st useChapter 5
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spurn
1 use
Down went Pew with a cry that rang high into the night; and the four hoofs trampled and spurned him and passed by.†
spurned = rejected as not good enough
DefinitionGenerally spurn means:
reject as not good enough
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1st useChapter 5
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subsist
1 use
Had he not struck a bargain with the doctor, he and his mutineers, deserted by the ship, must have been driven to subsist on clear water and the proceeds of their hunting.†
subsist = to survive — especially without being able to manage comforts or luxuries
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1st useChapter 31
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trifle with
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a trifling matter
"A trifle more of that man," he would say, "and I shall explode."†
trifle = something of small importance; or a small quantity
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1st useChapter 7
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ungainly
1 use
He had pitched, as I have said, against the bulwarks, where he lay like some horrible, ungainly sort of puppet, life-size, indeed, but how different from life's colour or life's comeliness!†
ungainly = lacking grace in movement or posture; or difficult to handle or manage — especially because of shape
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1st useChapter 27
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vengeance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
vengeance is mine
Soon after, with a drink all round, we lay down to sleep, and the outside of Silver's vengeance was to put George Merry up for sentinel and threaten him with death if he should prove unfaithful.†
vengeance = the act of taking revenge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of vengeance means:
the act of taking revenge

(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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2  —1 use as in:
with a vengeance
"Drink and the devil had done for the rest," with a vengeance, although, to be sure, we were not quite in so bad a case as that other ship they sang about: With one man of her crew alive, What put to sea with seventy-five.†
with a vengeance = with intensity
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1st useChapter 34
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windward
2 uses
If you would on'y lay your course, and a p'int to windward, you would ride in carriages, you would.†
windward = the direction from which the wind is coming
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Book2 uses
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1st useChapter 11
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