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abhor
24 uses
Shall I not then hate them who abhor me?
abhor = hate
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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Book24 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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acquit   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
she was acquitted
She is to be tried today, and I hope, I sincerely hope, that she will be acquitted.
acquitted = officially found "not guilty"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
officially find "not guilty" of criminal charges
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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2  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
Twice I actually hired myself as an under-mate in a Greenland whaler, and acquitted myself to admiration.
acquitted = handled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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ameliorate
1 use
I felt the greatest eagerness to hear the promised narrative, partly from curiosity and partly from a strong desire to ameliorate his fate if it were in my power.
ameliorate = improve
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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benevolent
22 uses
This was then the reward of my benevolence!
benevolence = kindness or generosity
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book22 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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direct   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 21 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
As I was in a state of extreme debility, I resolved to sail directly towards the town, as a place where I could most easily procure nourishment.
directly = straight (without delay or interruption)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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2  —1 use as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
But it refreshed me and filled me with such agreeable sensations that I resolved to prolong my stay on the water, and fixing the rudder in a direct position, stretched myself at the bottom of the boat.†
direct = straight (along a straight line)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book1 use
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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3  —17 uses as in:
directed her question to
I was surprised that among so many men of genius who had directed their inquiries towards the same science, that I alone should be reserved to discover so astonishing a secret.
directed = targeted
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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4  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
Not that, like a magic scene, it all opened upon me at once: the information I had obtained was of a nature rather to direct my endeavours so soon as I should point them towards the object of my search than to exhibit that object already accomplished.†
direct = instruct
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useIntr.
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dogmatic
1 use
His gentleness was never tinged by dogmatism, and his instructions were given with an air of frankness and good nature that banished every idea of pedantry.
dogmatism = stating opinions as absolute truth
DefinitionGenerally dogmatic means:
prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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entreat
18 uses
My dear son, I entreat you never to make such an assertion again.
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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epithet
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
racial epithet
The child still struggled and loaded me with epithets which carried despair to my heart; I grasped his throat to silence him, and in a moment he lay dead at my feet.
epithets = insulting or abusive words or phrases
DefinitionGenerally this sense of epithet means:
an insulting or abusive word or phrase
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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illustrate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
As the circumstances of his marriage illustrate his character, I cannot refrain from relating them.†
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 4
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implement
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a small implement
I have copies of these letters, for I found means, during my residence in the hovel, to procure the implements of writing; and the letters were often in the hands of Felix or Agatha.
implements = small tools or other useful objects
DefinitionGenerally this sense of implement means:
a small tool or other useful object
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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penury
2 uses
It contained but two rooms, and these exhibited all the squalidness of the most miserable penury.
penury = a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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sagacious
2 uses
Besides, I found that my understanding improved so much with every day's experience that I was unwilling to commence this undertaking until a few more months should have added to my sagacity.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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transitory
4 uses
These feelings are transitory;
transitory = lasting a short time
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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vacillate
1 use
The poor woman was very vacillating in her repentance.
vacillating = changing one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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wretch
25 uses
But it is true that I am a wretch.
wretch = bad person
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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yield
8 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
It was a most beautiful season; never did the fields bestow a more plentiful harvest or the vines yield a more luxuriant vintage, but my eyes were insensible to the charms of nature.
yield = produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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