toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

Henry VIII

Top-Ranked Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

instructions
abhor
2 uses
I abhor this dilatory sloth
abhor = hate or detest
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.4
Web Links
beseech
8 uses
I do beseech your Grace, for charity,
If ever any malice in your heart
Were hid against me, now to forgive me frankly.
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.2
Web Links
commend
4 uses
the King's Majesty commends his good opinion of you
commends = expresses (a favorable opinion — possibly in a message)
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 4.2
contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a contrary idea
A loyal and obedient subject is
Therein illustrate: The honour of it
Does pay the act of it, as i' the contrary,
The foulness is the punishment.
contrary = opposite

(editor's note:  BookCaps Study Guides translates this as:  "A loyal and obedient subject: the reward of loyalty is the honor of being loyal; and equally, being disloyal is punishment in itself.")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrary means:
different (perhaps opposite or mutually exclusive)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 3.2
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
on the contrary
The King's attorney on the contrary urged on the examinations, proofs, confessions of...
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
Web Links
3  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
...If they shall chance,
In charging you with matters, to commit you,
The best persuasions to the contrary
Fail not to use, and with what vehemency
The occasion shall instruct you.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of to the contrary means:
with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.1
Web Links
coronation
6 uses
There's order given for her coronation.
coronation = the ceremony of installing a new monarch (in this case, a queen)
DefinitionGenerally coronation means:
a ceremony of installing a new monarch (new king or queen)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 3.2
Web Links
disdain
2 uses
The Cardinal in his passage fixeth his eye on Buckingham, and Buckingham on him, both full of disdain.
disdain = a lack of respect (for the other)
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 2.4
Web Links
entreat
6 uses
I humbly do entreat your Highness' pardon; My haste made me unmannerly.
entreat = ask
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.1
Web Links
heed
6 uses
Thus it came; give heed to't:
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.2
Web Links
heresy
3 uses
I know he is, they know he is, A most arch heretic
heretic = someone with opinions or actions most people consider immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 5.3
Web Links
indifferent
1 use
no judge indifferent
indifferent = unbiased (without interest)
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 2.4
Web Links
integrity
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a person of high integrity
There's some of ye, I see, more out of malice than integrity, would try him to the utmost,
integrity = strong moral principles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of integrity means:
having strong moral principles — especially honesty
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useScene 5.3
Web Links
malicious
17 uses
More out of malice than integrity,
malice = wanting to see others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useScene 1.2
Web Links
pious
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
And is not this course pious?
pious = moral or reflecting religious principle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 2.2
Web Links
pretense
2 uses
the pretence for this is...
pretence = an appearance to help one pretend (in this case something said)

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
Web Links
revere
3 uses
Deserve we no more reverence?
reverence = respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useScene 4.2
Web Links
sovereign
6 uses
I Arrest thee of high treason, in the name of our most sovereign king.
sovereign = supreme (the highest power — not controlled by outside forces)
DefinitionGenerally sovereign means:
of a person:  a nation's ruler or head of state

of a political body:  not controlled by outside forces
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 1.1
Web Links
usurp
2 uses
The usurper Richard
usurper = one who seizes or takes control without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.1
Web Links
zeal
3 uses
Had I but serv'd my God with half the zeal
I serv'd my king, He would not in mine age
Have left me naked to mine enemies.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useScene 2.2
Web Links
Go to Book Menu
Take Pre-Reading Quiz
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.