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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
illness and accompanying symptoms
Some act of God—a typhoon perhaps, or the storm that had accompanied his own arrival—had banked sand inside the lagoon so that there was a long, deep pool in the beach with a high ledge of pink granite at the further end.
accompanied = occurred at the same time as
From page 12.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to be present with at the same time and/or location
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1, p.12.7
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apex
1 use
Then, at the apex, the grass was thick again because no one sat there.
apex = highest point
From page 77.8  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally apex means:
the highest point of something
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1st useChapter 5, p.77.8
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bastion
3 uses
This side of the castle, perhaps a hundred feet high, was the pink bastion they had seen from the mountain-top.
bastion = defensive fortification (like a castle wall)
From page 104.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally bastion means:
defense or defensive fortification — such as people who defend a principle or fortifications that defend people from attack (especially the projecting part of a castle wall or rampart)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.29.3
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Jack settled the question for them with that contempt in his voice that could sound so funny and so final.
contempt = complete lack of respect
From page 85.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.30.9
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deride
4 uses
Piggy once more was the center of social derision...
derision = ridicule (made fun of and treated as inferior and unworthy of respect)

(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.)
From page 149.6  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9, p.149.6
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differentiate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
differentiate between right/wrong
The air moved a little faster and became a light wind, so that leeward and windward side were clearly differentiated.
differentiated = recognized as different

(editor's note:  In this context, windward means facing the wind and leeward is facing the opposite direction.)
From page 41.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of differentiate means:
to recognize difference
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1st useChapter 2, p.41.7
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effigy
1 use
At first he was a silent effigy of sorrow; but then the lamentation rose out of him, loud and sustained as the conch.
effigy = a model or image

(editor's notes:  In this context, lamentation is a synonym for sorrowful cry, sustained means lasting a long time, and conch refers to the shell the boys use as a horn,.)
From page 87.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of effigy means:
a model or other representation — typically of a person — often of someone hated, so that it can be mocked an abused
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1st useChapter 5, p.87.1
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foliage
6 uses
Then he was crashing through foliage and small boughs and was hidden by the forest.
foliage = plant leaves
From page 181.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.9.7
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inarticulate
2 uses
"We could be sort of..." Simon became inarticulate in his effort to express mankind's essential illness.
inarticulate = at a loss for words
From page 89.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally inarticulate means:
unable to communicate clearly (or to use words)

or (more rarely): a feeling or idea that is not expressed

The exact meaning of inarticulate depends upon its context. For example:
  • unable to find good words to express oneself — as in "She gets inarticulate when she's nervous."
  • verbally expressing a feeling without words — as in "She uttered an inarticulate cry of despair."
  • unable to make oneself heard and understood — as in "She mumbled inarticulately."
  • unable to speak — as in "She was inarticulate with rage."
  • a feeling or idea that is not expressed — as in "We shared an inarticulate fear."
  • inability to express or understand feelings or ideas — as in "She is emotionally inarticulate, " or "Her symphony is inarticulate."
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5, p.89.4
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interpose
1 use
The shell was interesting and pretty and a worthy plaything; but the vivid phantoms of his day-dream still interposed between him and Piggy, who in this context was an irrelevance.
interposed = came (were between)
From page 16.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally interpose means:
to insert between other elements; or to interrupt or stop action by others
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1, p.16.1
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lament
2 uses
...then the lamentation rose out of him, loud and sustained as the conch.
lamentation = sorrowful cry

(editor's notes:  In this context, sustained means lasting a long time, and conch refers to the shell the boys use as a horn .)
From page 87.1  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5, p.87.1
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parody
3 uses
"Just you wait—" Jack mimicked the whine and scramble. ... Piggy and the parody were so funny that the hunters began to laugh.
parody = imitation of somebody's style in a humorous way
From page 72.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally parody means:
imitation of somebody's style in a humorous way

or:

a very poor imitation of somebody's style
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4, p.72.2
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pinnacle
3 uses
There was the neck of land, the ledge skirting the rock, up there were the red pinnacles.
pinnacles = high points
From page 174.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally pinnacle means:
the highest point
in various senses, including:
  • the best stage of development — as in "I met her at the pinnacle of her success."
  • a high pointed rock formation or mountain peak — as in "The eagle circled the rocky pinnacle."
  • a pointed tower at the top of a building — as in "With the pinnacle, it is the highest building in the city."
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11, p.174.4
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sheer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a sheer cliff
So they proceeded after that as if they were climbing a dangerous mountain, until the rocks became an uncompromising cliff, overhung with impossible jungle and falling sheer into the sea.
sheer = so steeply as to be almost vertical
From page 117.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
so steep it is almost vertical
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7, p.117.1
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2  —1 use as in:
sheered to the left
...and when one tried to get the thing straight the argument sheered off, bringing up fresh, unpleasant matter.
sheered = abruptly changed direction
From page 88.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5, p.88.9
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subside
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
her anger subsided
His voice subsided to a mutter.
subsided = became less intense
From page 41.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subside means:
become less intense, less severe, or less active — perhaps going away entirely
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2, p.41.3
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sustain   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
The crying went on, breath after breath, and seemed to sustain him upright as if he were nailed to it.
sustain = support
From page 87.3  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5, p.87.3
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2  —1 use as in:
sustained through the ages
...then the lamentation rose out of him, loud and sustained as the conch.
sustained = continuing through time

(editor's notes:  In this context, lamentation refers to a sorrowful cry, and conch refers to the shell the boys use as a horn.)
From page 87.1  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to continue through time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5, p.87.1
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utter   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
utter stupidity
He looked over his shoulder as Jack had done at the close ways behind him and glanced swiftly round to confirm that he was utterly alone.
utterly = completely
From page 56.9  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
complete or total (used as an intensifier—typically when stressing how bad something is)
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Book2 uses
Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3, p.56.9
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2  —2 uses as in:
utter a sound
The savage stopped fifteen yards away and uttered his cry.
uttered = made a sound with the voice
From page 198.8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of utter means:
make a sound with the voice
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12, p.195.8
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