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Anne Of Green Gables
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Miss Barry put us in the spare room, according to promise.
according to = in keeping with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library42 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
Depend upon it, Marilla, she'll cool off in a week or so and be ready enough to go back of her own accord,
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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amiable
4 uses
"You'd think I ought to let Anne go to the moon if she took the notion, I've no doubt" was Marilla's amiable rejoinder.
amiable = friendly and kindly

(editor's note:  rejoinder is a synonym for reply.)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards him
Mrs. Rachel was not often sick and had a well-defined contempt for people who were;
contempt = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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contrite
3 uses
"I'm awfully sorry I made fun of your hair, Anne," he whispered contritely.
contritely = with a feeling sorrow or regret for having done something wrong
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...all questions and explanations might as well be deferred until he was safely back at Green Gables.
deferred = postponed (put off)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
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disdain
3 uses
"Ruby Gillis thinks of nothing but beaus," said Anne disdainfully.
disdainfully = with a lack of respect

(editor's note:  beaus means boyfriends)
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
doleful
2 uses
"I'll try to be a model pupil," agreed Anne dolefully.
dolefully = full of sorrow
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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dubious
4 uses
Marilla was not to be drawn from the safe concrete into dubious paths of the abstract.
dubious = doubtful (not to be relied upon)
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 26
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grave
7 uses
Anne knelt at Marilla's knee and looked up gravely.
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 500
1st useChapter 2
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inert
1 use
She had never seen Marilla sit limply inert like that.
inert = lethargic and without interest
DefinitionGenerally inert means:
unmoving, inactive, or unable to move

or: slow, lethargic, or without interest

or in chemistry/medicine:  chemically inactive/having no effect
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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kindred
16 uses
Matthew and I are such kindred spirits I can read his thoughts without words at all.
kindred = similar or related in quality or character
DefinitionGenerally kindred means:
similar or related in quality or character

or:

closely related — such as family or things with shared origin
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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obstinate
3 uses
There is nothing more to do except to pray and I haven't much hope that that'll do much good because, Marilla, I do not believe that God Himself can do very much with such an obstinate person as Mrs. Barry.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
penitent
3 uses
Mournful penitence appeared on every feature.
penitence = sorrow for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
In the preceding February he had resigned his charge and departed amid the regrets of his people,
resigned = quit (the job/position)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
Word Statistics
Book1 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 21
Web Links
2  —5 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
I am resigned to my fate now,
resigned = though not desired; have accepted as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
resolute
9 uses
"You mustn't sell Green Gables," said Anne resolutely.
resolutely = with firm purpose or belief
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
revere
8 uses
Anne walked through it on her way to school with reverent steps and worshiping eyes, as if she trod on holy ground.
reverent = with feelings of deep respect
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useChapter 7
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twilight
19 uses
It was nearly dark, for the full November twilight had fallen around Green Gables, and the only light in the kitchen came from the dancing red flames in the stove.
twilight = the light from the sky when the sun is just below the horizon (in this case, just after sunset; though in other instances, it could be just before sunrise)
DefinitionGenerally twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time

or:

a condition of decline following successes
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
wistful
11 uses
"If I had been the boy you sent for," said Anne wistfully, "I'd be able to help you so much now and spare you in a hundred ways."
wistfully = with longing or unfulfilled desire
DefinitionGenerally wistful means:
showing longing or unfulfilled desire
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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