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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Winston's working week was sixty hours, Julia's was even longer, and their free days varied according to the pressure of work and did not often coincide.
according to = depending upon (or in keeping with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
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Book6 uses
Library47 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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2  —9 uses as in:
done of her own accord
And yet the instant that he allowed his thoughts to wander, his feet had brought him back here of their own accord.
own accord = own mind (without his telling them to—as though they had a mind of their own)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
But in matters of vital importance — meaning, in effect, war and police espionage — the empirical approach is still encouraged, or at least tolerated.
approach = technique (way of doing something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
A week had gone by since she had first approached him.
approached = begun communication on a delicate topic
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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unquizzed meaning  —10 uses
Big Brother
78 uses
BIG BROTHER IS WATCHING YOU, the caption beneath it ran.
Big Brother = (of an) organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so

(That is the common meaning of the expression today. The expression was popularized by this novel where it references the government in the story.)
DefinitionGenerally Big Brother means:
a person or organization that attempts to exercise total control over people and that invades their privacy to do so
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Book78 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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denounce
12 uses
Katharine would unquestionably have denounced him to the Thought Police if she had not happened to be too stupid to detect the unorthodoxy of his opinions.
denounced = informed against him (turned him in)
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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didactic
1 use
'It was a common punishment in Imperial China,' said O'Brien as didactically as ever.
didactically = describing someone excessively inclined to instruct
DefinitionGenerally didactic means:
describing something intended to instruct; or someone excessively inclined to instruct
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1st useChapter 22
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digress
2 uses
"All this is a digression," he added in a different tone.
digression = not about the main topic

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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dissemble
1 use
To dissemble your feelings, to control your face, to do what everyone else was doing, was an instinctive reaction.
dissemble = hide or disguise the truth of
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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1st useChapter 1
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doctrine
10 uses
Except where it touched upon her own life she had no interest in Party doctrine.
doctrine = a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
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Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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fallacy
3 uses
Had it not been exposed long ago as a fallacy?
fallacy = a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning
DefinitionGenerally fallacy means:
a misconception resulting from incorrect reasoning; or a common form of incorrect reasoning
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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invariably
10 uses
Books, also, were recalled and rewritten again and again, and were invariably reissued without any admission that any alteration had been made.
invariably = almost always (said in exaggeration)
DefinitionGenerally invariably means:
never changing; or always the same
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Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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minuteness   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
The scientist of today is either a mixture of psychologist and inquisitor, studying with real ordinary minuteness the meaning of facial expressions, gestures, and tones of voice, and testing the truth-producing effects of drugs, shock therapy, hypnosis, and physical torture; or he is chemist, physicist, or biologist concerned only with such branches of his special subject as are relevant to the taking of life.
minuteness = attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
But there were other days when they settled down to their work almost eagerly, making a tremendous show of entering up their minutes and drafting long memoranda which were never finished — when the argument as to what they were supposedly arguing about grew extraordinarily involved and abstruse, with subtle haggling over definitions, enormous digressions, quarrels threats, even, to appeal to higher authority.†
minutes = formal notes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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1st useChapter 23
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repudiate
1 use
to repudiate morality while laying claim to it,
repudiate = strongly reject
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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servile
1 use
'Are you guilty?' said Winston.
"Of course I'm guilty!" cried Parsons with a servile glance at the telescreen. "You don't think the Party would arrest an innocent man, do you? ... Thoughtcrime is a dreadful thing,"
servile = so excessively submissive and eager to please that he seems to have no self-respect
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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strata
1 use
But this was concrete evidence; it was a fragment of the abolished past, like a fossil bone which turns up in the wrong stratum and destroys a geological theory.
stratum = layer

(editor's note:  Strata, the plural form of this word is used much more commonly than the singular form. Many Latin words that end in "um" are made plural by changing the "um" to "a"—such as stratum to strata, bacterium to bacteria, and millennium to millennia. In modern writing, changing the "um" to "ums" is also accepted for many Latin words ending in um, but not for any of those listed above.)
DefinitionGenerally strata means:
layers

or:

levels, classes, or groups into which people or other things are divided
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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tarnish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
tarnished silver
In the window there were trays of nuts and bolts, worn-out chisels, penknives with broken blades, tarnished watches that did not even pretend to be in going order, and other miscellaneous rubbish.†
tarnished = undesired loss of shine or spotting on a metal surface
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1st useChapter 8
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
All of the disputed territories contain valuable minerals, and some of them yield important vegetable products such as rubber which in colder climates it is necessary to synthesize by comparatively expensive methods.
yield = produce
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
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2  —2 uses as in:
yield to pressure
It was filled with some kind of heavy, sand-like stuff which yielded wherever you touched it.
yielded = gave way (was pushed back)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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