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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
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Book6 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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atrocious
1 use
And as for riding down that black, atrocious miscreant, I regard it as an act of virtue, sir, like stamping on a cockroach.
atrocious = exceptionally bad, cruel, or ugly
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1st useChapter 6
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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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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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carouse
1 use
One was the great fire on shore, by which the defeated pirates lay carousing in the swamp.
carousing = having fun with others in a noisy manner while drinking alcohol
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1st useChapter 22
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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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Book8 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 23
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circumspect
1 use
This brought me near to where I had encountered Ben Gunn, the maroon; and I walked more circumspectly, keeping an eye on every side.
circumspectly = thoughtful of all circumstances and consequences
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1st useChapter 27
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comely
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!
comeliness = attractiveness
DefinitionGenerally comely means:
attractive — especially of a woman
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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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
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 6
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards him
"I thought you said you knowed the rules," returned Silver contemptuously.
contemptuously = with disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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coxswain
15 uses
And the coxswain, Israel Hands, was a careful, wily, old, experienced seaman who could be trusted at a pinch with almost anything.
coxswain = the person in charge of a boat (small ship)
DefinitionGenerally coxswain means:
the person in charge of a boat (small ship) — such as a boat used in rowing competition
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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dexterity
2 uses
His left leg was cut off close by the hip, and under the left shoulder he carried a crutch, which he managed with wonderful dexterity, hopping about upon it like a bird.
dexterity = adroitness (skill) — with the hands or mind
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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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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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elated
1 use
I was greatly elated with my new command, and pleased with the bright, sunshiny weather
elated = had a feeling of happiness and excitement
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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forage
1 use
Foraging about, I found a bottle with some brandy left, for Hands; and for myself I routed out some biscuit, some pickled fruits, a great bunch of raisins, and a piece of cheese.
foraging = searching for and gathering — often food and provisions
DefinitionGenerally forage means:
to search for and gather — often food and provisions
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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furtive
1 use
Silver leant back against the wall, his arms crossed, his pipe in the corner of his mouth, as calm as though he had been in church; yet his eye kept wandering furtively
furtively = cautiously or suspiciously
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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incessant
1 use
The ship was talking, as sailors say, loudly, treading the innumerable ripples with an incessant weltering splash
incessant = continuous/annoying
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
was obscure, but now bright
In the midst of all this the lamp still cast a smoky glow, obscure and brown as umber.
obscure = dark
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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pretense
1 use
Get the captain and squire down to the cabin, and then make some pretence to send for me.
pretence = an appearance or action to help one pretend
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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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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Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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