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amiable
6 uses
Mrs. Penniman was truly amiable, but she now gave signs of temper.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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conciliatory
3 uses
They are more conciliating; they can persuade better.
conciliating = attempting to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
I will defer the telling.
defer = postpone (tell at a later time)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
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deference
6 uses
he listened to her with a sombre deference in which she found much to admire.
deference = politely respectful

(editor's note:  today we spell sombre as somber)
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 24
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discreet   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
discreet--not showy or gossipy
Then she saw a gentleman standing in the middle of the room, from which her aunt had discreetly retired.
discreetly = in a manner that is unlikely to attract attention or cause embarrassment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discreet means:
trustworthy with secrets and/or inconspicuous or unobtrusive
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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2  —3 uses as in:
discreet--not foolish
Well, I have been indiscreet, formerly; but I think I have got over it.
indiscreet = not sensible or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discreet means:
sensible and careful; possibly having good manners
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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discretion   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
You can trust her discretion.
She had told Morris Townsend that she would not mention him to her father, and she saw no reason to retract this vow of discretion.
discretion = keeping a secret (so that discomfort is not caused for another)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discretion means:
behavior that does not cause embarrassment or emotional discomfort — especially by not revealing secrets
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Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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2  —3 uses as in:
Parental discretion advised
I have not interfered, I have left you your liberty, I have remembered that you are no longer a little girl-that you have arrived at years of discretion.
discretion = good judgment
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discretion means:
good judgment or good taste
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 9
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eloquent
7 uses
My husband, as I have told you, was a distinguished clergyman; one of the most eloquent men of his day.
eloquent = expressing yourself readily, clearly, effectively
DefinitionGenerally eloquent means:
powerful use of language
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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embellish
4 uses
Mrs. Penniman took a discriminating view of her niece's journey; it seemed to her very proper that Mr. Townsend's destined bride should wish to embellish her mind by a foreign tour.
embellish = make something more attractive or interesting by adding to it
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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engender
1 use
Her trouble was terrible; but was it a thing of her imagination, engendered by an extravagant sensibility
engendered = caused
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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gratification
11 uses
Don't you care a little to gratify your daughter?
gratify = give pleasure or satisfaction
DefinitionGenerally gratification means:
great satisfaction (pleasure)
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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ingenious
6 uses
Mrs. Penniman desired to represent the ingenious Mr. Townsend as the hero.
ingenious = clever (inventive and skillful)
DefinitionGenerally ingenious means:
showing inventiveness and skill
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
...he almost never addressed his daughter save in the ironical form.
ironical = humorously saying one thing while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying or writing one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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narrate
5 uses
Dr. Sloper had travelled but little, and he took the liberty of not believing everything this anecdotical idler narrated.
narrated = told (a story)
DefinitionGenerally narrate means:
to tell a story-possibly as the main voice in a documentary or a character who speaks to the audience in a performance

(see word notes for a more detailed definition based upon context)
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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oblige   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
"The woman's an idiot," thought Morris; but he was obliged to say something different.
obliged = required (obligated) to do something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —4 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness.
I am really very much obliged to her.
obliged = grateful or indebted
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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obstinate
8 uses
"You are very obstinate," said the Doctor.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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reproach
6 uses
That fault is not what I am usually reproached with.
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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scrupulous
4 uses
her fortune is already more than sufficient to attract those unscrupulous adventurers...
unscrupulous = unethical
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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