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acquiesce
1 use
Poor old fellow, he had not uttered one word of surprise, complaint, fear, or even acquiescence from the very beginning of our troubles till now, when we had laid him down in the log-house to die.
acquiescence = reluctant compliance
DefinitionGenerally acquiesce means:
reluctant or unenthusiastic compliance, consent, or agreement
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1st useChapter 18
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condescending
1 use
"Come in, Mr. Dance," says he, very stately and condescending.
condescending = treating others as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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1st useChapter 6
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
"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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1st useChapter 29
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deride
4 uses
asked Silver derisively.
derisively = with treatment as inferior and unworthy of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
laugh at or make fun of—while showing a lack of respect
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1st useChapter 11
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diversity
1 use
It was a strange collection, like Billy Bones's hoard for the diversity of coinage, but so much larger and so much more varied that I think I never had more pleasure than in sorting them.
diversity = the condition of variety
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 34
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
an elaborate wink
And with an elaborate sea-salute, this fellow ... stepped coolly towards the door and disappeared out of the house.
elaborate = exaggerated (possibly with much detail and complexity)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
to exaggerate an action
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1st useChapter 28
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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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1st useChapter 25
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extricate
1 use
Instantly I began to extricate myself and crawl back again, with what speed and silence I could manage, to the more open portion of the wood.
extricate = free or remove from constraint or difficulty
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1st useChapter 14
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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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1st useChapter 25
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forbearance
1 use
His looks were not quite friendly, and I was so revolted at these constant changes that I could not forbear whispering, "So you've changed sides again."
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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1st useChapter 33
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formidable
3 uses
That formidable seafaring man with one leg has at last gone clean out of my life;
formidable = intimidating or impressive
DefinitionGenerally formidable means:
intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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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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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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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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1st useChapter 25
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obstinate
2 uses
But my mother, frightened as she was, would not consent to take a fraction more than was due to her and was obstinately unwilling to be content with less.
obstinately = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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1st useChapter 4
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pious
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
I've thought it all out in this here lonely island, and I'm back on piety. ... I'm bound I'll be good, and I see the way to.
piety = highly moral behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useChapter 15
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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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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prodigious
3 uses
"Hawkins, I put prodigious faith in you," added the squire.
prodigious = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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1st useChapter 6
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
...it shall be kept secret even from me and Mr. Arrow. Otherwise I would ask you to let me resign.
resign = quit (from his job)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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revere
2 uses
came forward with another flag and reverently spread it on the body.
reverently = a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 32
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