toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books

And Then There Were None
Vocabulary

Top-Ranked Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

(click/touch triangles for details)
acquit
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
she was acquitted
So incredible that they acquitted her.
acquitted = found her "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
appreciate
4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I appreciate her efforts.
He remembered exactly how he had felt sitting there-listening, making notes, appreciating everything, tabulating every scrap of evidence that told against the prisoner.
appreciating = recognizing the importance of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appreciate means:
to recognize the value or importance of

and/or:

to be grateful for
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
contradict
3 uses
He can swear the body's been dead at least an hour and who's to contradict him?
contradict = disagree with
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree as in:
  • to say something is not true
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true
  • to be in conflict with
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 16
Web Links
contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
It was such a contrast to his restraint of a few minutes ago that Armstrong was quite taken aback.
contrast = something noticeably different
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
convention
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
conventional behavior
The mid-day meal had been duly eaten-but there had been no conventional formality about it.
conventional = normal or typical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
She was accused, together with her husband, of having deliberately murdered her former employer
deliberately = intentionally
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
It is established, I think, that there is a possibility of such a thing as I have outlined occurring.
established = shown or demonstrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
long established procedures
"Old established firm," he volunteered.
established = long-accepted or long-successful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
cause long-term acceptance, reputation, or success
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
exonerate
3 uses
...no one of us can be completely exonerated from suspicion.
exonerated = found free of blame
DefinitionGenerally exonerate means:
to free someone from blame

or more rarely:

to free someone from an obligation
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
grave
9 uses
The position is fraught with grave danger.
grave = serious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
mania
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
the mania of manic depression
He said in the famous "acid" tone that Counsel knew so well: "Do I understand you to assert that women are not subject to homicidal mania?"
mania = a mood disorder characterized by excitement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mania means:
a mood disorder characterized by excitement, rapidly changing ideas, and overactivity
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
nevertheless
8 uses
He was very ably defended and made a good impression on the jury in the witness box. Nevertheless, on the evidence, he was certainly guilty.
nevertheless = in spite of what was just said (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
perjury
4 uses
It's my opinion that he committed ... perjury in the Landor case.
perjury = the criminal offense of making false statements under oath
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
positive
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I reiterate my positive belief that of the seven persons assembled in this room one is a dangerous and probably insane criminal.
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 100
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
reflect   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
reflect in the mirror
He stood up and scrutinized himself anxiously in the glass. The face reflected there was of a slightly military cast with a moustache.
reflected = shown (back)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
show an image back (on a mirror or other shiny surface)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —4 uses as in:
I want to reflect on it.
Constance Culmington, he reflected to himself, was exactly the sort of woman who would buy an island and surround herself with mystery!
reflected = thought
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
think carefully — possibly aloud or in writing
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 14
Web Links
sheer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
sheer fun
May be sheer moonshine-just plain lunacy!
sheer = pure
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
Web Links
2  —2 uses as in:
a sheer cliff
...the cliffs fell sheer to the sea below,
sheer = steeply
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
so steep it is almost vertical
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
Web Links
stolid
3 uses
Maine went stolidly on with his list.
stolidly = having or revealing little emotion
DefinitionGenerally stolid means:
having or revealing little emotion — often thinking slowly

or:

of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
tone
11 uses
He had said in the same casual tone: "And you can't give me any further information?"
tone = general feeling or mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tone means:
the general feeling, mood, or attitude of something — especially of something said or written
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
Take Quiz
Return to Book Menu
Go to Large-Screen Version
(more words)