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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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ambiguous
2 uses
The sums are the scoundrel's share, and where he feared an ambiguity, you see he added something clearer.
ambiguity = unclear — because open to two or more interpretations
DefinitionGenerally ambiguous means:
unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
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1st useChapter 6
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bulwark
10 uses
Hands, who was not so far up, was in consequence nearer to the ship and fell between me and the bulwarks.
bulwarks = the part of a ship's side that  is above the upper deck
DefinitionGenerally bulwark means:
something that offers protection — especially a defensive wall or embankment, or a sea wall

or (especially in classic literature):  the part of a ship's side that  is above the upper deck
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1st useChapter 22
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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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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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1st useChapter 34
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doleful
1 use
And I thought it was a ditty rather too dolefully appropriate for a company that had met such cruel losses in the morning.
dolefully = full of sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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1st useChapter 23
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ebb
10 uses
By this time the tide was beginning to ebb, and the ship was swinging round to her anchor.
ebb = gradually fall
DefinitionGenerally ebb means:
decline — typically gradually as with the height of the tide
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1st useChapter 13
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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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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 = release from entanglement or difficulty
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1st useChapter 14
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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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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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1st useChapter 5
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incongruous
2 uses
I could just make out that he had a book as well as a knife in his hand, and was still wondering how anything so incongruous had come in their possession when...
incongruous = lacking in compatibility or appropriateness
DefinitionGenerally incongruous means:
out of place; or lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
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1st useChapter 15
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obsequious
1 use
And there was Silver, sitting back almost out of the firelight, but eating heartily, prompt to spring forward when anything was wanted, even joining quietly in our laughter—the same bland, polite, obsequious seaman of the voyage out.
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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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
And I was a civil, pious boy, and could rattle off my catechism that fast, as you couldn't tell one word from another.
pious = behaving in a highly moral manner
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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1st useChapter 15
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plateau
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
found on the plateau
...we began to ascend the slope towards the plateau.
plateau = high land that is reasonably flat
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1st useChapter 31
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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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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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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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1st useChapter 32
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