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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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candid
1 use
This is a surprise to me which I wasn't looking for; and I'll acknowledge, candid and frank, I ain't very well fixed to meet it and answer it;
candid = honest and direct
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1st useChapter 29
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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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dialect
4 uses
In this book a number of dialects are used,
dialects = regional varieties of a language
DefinitionGenerally dialect means:
a regional variety of a language
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1st useIntr.
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dismal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a dismal expression
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
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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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fraudulent
4 uses
You're a fraud, that's what you are!
fraud = someone who deceives others
DefinitionGenerally fraudulent means:
intentional deception — usually for financial gain or ego
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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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nabob
1 use
He had the whitest shirt on you ever see, too, and the shiniest hat; and there ain't a man in that town that's got as fine clothes as what he had; and he had a gold watch and chain, and a silver-headed cane—the awfulest old gray-headed nabob in the State.
nabob = a rich or powerful person
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ornery
13 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 = cranky (easily annoyed and quick to complain and argue)

(editor's note:  Twain also uses ornery to describe someone as "low down", "coarse", or "unrefined".)
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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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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 buildings together — especially of a business or organization
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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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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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1st useChapter 21
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scoundrel
3 uses
After all this long journey, and after all we'd done for them scoundrels, here it was all come to nothing, everything all busted up and ruined, because they could have the heart to serve Jim such a trick as that, and make him a slave again all his life, and amongst strangers, too, for forty dirty dollars.
scoundrels = people without moral principles
DefinitionGenerally scoundrel means:
someone without moral principles
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1st useChapter 31
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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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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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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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1st useChapter 38
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temperance
3 uses
And after supper he talked to him about temperance and such things till the old man cried, and said he'd been a fool, and fooled away his life;
temperance = not drinking alcohol because it is thought to be harmful
DefinitionGenerally temperance means:
not drinking alcohol because it is thought to be harmful

or:

moderation (not doing something excessively) — such as not eating or drinking too much
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1st useChapter 5
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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 indulge in an emotion or situation

(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 has a lot of something such as money or luxury.)
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