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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

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aggravate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
she aggravates me
if we minded our business and didn't talk back and aggravate them, we would pull through†
aggravate = annoy or irritate
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1st useChapter 17
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blithe
1 use
...and you never see a cabin as blithesome as Jim's was when...
blithesome = carefree and happy
DefinitionGenerally blithe means:
carefree and happy — often unaware of or ignoring something that should be of concern
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1st useChapter 39
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capital
1 use
If I had capital and a theater, I wouldn't want a better lay-out than that—and here we've gone and sold 'cause for a song.
capital = money or other things of material value that could be used to create something else of value
DefinitionGenerally this sense of capital means:
material wealth — especially assets available for use in the production of further assets
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1st useChapter 27
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contrite
1 use
come with a broken spirit! come with a contrite heart! come in your rags and sin and dirt! the waters that cleanse is free, the door of heaven stands open—
contrite = regretful over a mistake
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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1st useChapter 20
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to convene
But Tom, he WAS so proud and joyful, he just COULDN'T hold in, and his tongue just WENT it—she a-chipping in, and spitting fire all along, and both of them going it at once, like a cat convention;
convention = large conference or meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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1st useChapter 42
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dismal
3 uses
If you think it ain't dismal and lonesome out in a fog that way by yourself in the night, you try it once—you'll see.
dismal = depressing or gloomy
DefinitionGenerally dismal means:
of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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domestic
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
domestic happiness
They had white domestic awnings in front, and the country people hitched their horses to the awning-posts.
domestic = relating to a home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of domestic means:
relating to a home or family
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1st useChapter 21
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grindstone
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
sharpen on a grindstone
There's a gaudy big grindstone down at the mill...
grindstone = a large stone shaped like a disk that spins and is used to grind grain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grindstone means:
a  disk shaped stone used to grind (as when wheat is ground to flour), or used to sharpen or polish (as when sharpening a knife)
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Book13 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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impudent
3 uses
you impudent young rascal
impudent = disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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1st useChapter 33
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meddle
6 uses
The duke told him to make himself free and easy, and if anybody ever come meddling around, he must hop out of the wigwam, and carry on a little, and fetch a howl or two like a wild beast, and he reckoned they would light out and leave him alone.
meddling = interfering
DefinitionGenerally meddle means:
interfere (in another's affairs or business); or handle (something that shouldn't be handled)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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ornery
14 uses
I felt so ornery and low down and mean that I says to myself;  I'll hive that money for them or bust.
ornery = easily annoyed and quick to complain and argue

(editor's note:  Twain also uses ornery to describe someone as "low down", "coarse", or "unrefined".)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ornery means:
cranky (easily annoyed and quick to complain and argue)
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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palaver
1 use
Don't stand there palavering all day, but out with you and see if there's a fish on the lines for breakfast.
palavering = talking (about nothing important)
DefinitionGenerally palaver means:
talk — typically empty talk or flattery
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1st useChapter 7
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pious
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
Why, before, he looked like the orneriest old rip that ever was; but now ... he looked ... good and pious...
pious = highly religious and moral
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 24
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premise
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
located on the premises
But it didn't matter much, because they was still on the premises somewheres.
premises = property
DefinitionGenerally this sense of premises means:
land and/or buildings — especially of a business or organization
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1st useChapter 39
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remiss
1 use
"Well, Sally, I'm in fault, and I acknowledge it; I've been remiss; but I won't let to-morrow go by without stopping up them holes."
remiss = careless in not doing a duty well enough
DefinitionGenerally remiss means:
careless — especially with regard to a duty
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1st useChapter 37
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resolution
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
And thus the native hue of resolution, like the poor cat i' the adage, Is sicklied o'er with care,
resolution = determination (firmness of purpose, or courage)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
determination (firmness of purpose)
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SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 21
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shoal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
run aground on a shoal
  "These uncles of yourn ain't no uncles at all; they're a couple of frauds—regular dead-beats.  There, now we're over the worst of it, you can stand the rest middling easy."
  It jolted her up like everything, of course; but I was over the shoal water now, so I went right along,
shoal = shallow

(editor's note:  A river that runs slowly in deep water, can get very fast in shallow areas.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of shoal means:
an area of shallow water — especially a navigation hazard, and often caused by a deposit of sand (sandbank)
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1st useChapter 28
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
Aunt Sally jumped for her, and most hugged the head off of her, and cried over her, and I found a good enough place for me under the bed, for it was getting pretty sultry for us, seemed to me.
sultry = hot and humid (figuratively)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sultry means:
hot and humid
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1st useChapter 42
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tedious
2 uses
It was most pesky tedious hard work and slow,
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
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wallow
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
wallow in self-pity
Then he went down on all fours and crawled off, begging them to let him alone, and he rolled himself up in his blanket and wallowed in under the old pine table, still a-begging; and then he went to crying.
wallowed = indulged in self-pity
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to excessively give into a desire (indulge)

(This is often said of something negative such as self-pity when no attempt is made to move beyond it. But it is also sometimes said without connotation just to indicate that someone is enjoying a lot of something such as luxury or rest.)
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1st useChapter 6
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