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accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 82 uses
1  —73 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
to defend one's life, which is in accordance with natural and divine law;
accordance = in keeping (or in agreement)
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 or accordingly 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
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
Word Statistics
Book73 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.11-12
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2  —8 uses as in:
done of her own accord
...displayed them of their own accord and free will.
own accord = own mind (done voluntarily without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.37-38
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3  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
Thanks be to heaven for the favour it accords me,
accords = gives to (as special treatment)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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chivalry
138 uses
uphold the right, the truth, and true chivalry!
chivalry = the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak
DefinitionGenerally chivalry means:
the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak

or:

courtesy — especially of men towards women
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Book138 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7-8
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
a very forbidding countenance
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.17-18
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
his love for sowing dissensions and scattering discord everywhere
discord = conflict and disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.25-26
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
Then listen, not to dulcet harmony,
But to a discord wrung by mad despair
discord = unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.13-14
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dispose
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
...and if thou dost vanquish me, my head shall be at thy disposal, my arms and horse thy spoils, and the renown of my deeds transferred and added to thine.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.41-42
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engender
4 uses
If the poet be pure in his morals, he will be pure in his verses too; the pen is the tongue of the mind, and as the thought engendered there, so will be the things that it writes down.
engendered = created (caused)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.33-34
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entreat
101 uses
I want your worship to take it upon yourself to redress this wrong either by entreaty or by arms;
entreaty = earnest request
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book101 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9-10
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
He established a fixed rate for servants' wages, which were becoming recklessly exorbitant.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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2  —5 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
He longed for night and an opportunity of escaping from the house to go and see his good friend Lothario, and with him give vent to his joy over the precious pearl he had gained in having established his wife's purity.†
established = proven or demonstrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.3-4
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perfidy
5 uses
...with such wrath and fury did my heart burn that I scarcely restrained myself from rushing out into the streets, crying aloud and proclaiming openly the perfidy and treachery of which I was the victim;
perfidy = intentional betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.27-28
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prodigal
5 uses
Myself a prodigal I'll prove,
prodigal = recklessly wasteful
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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Book5 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.39-40
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prudent
24 uses
he found himself ill-matched as to arms, and did not think it prudent to come to blows with a madman,
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.9-10
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renegade
67 uses
He came to be the most cruel renegade I ever saw:
renegade = a traitor, rebel or outlaw
DefinitionGenerally renegade means:
a traitor, rebel or outlaw

or:

someone who is independent and unconventional is their outlook
Word Statistics
Book67 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.39-40
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
They approved of what Sancho proposed, and resolved to wait for him until he brought back word of having found his master.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.33-34
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2  —2 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
...I am determined and resolved to do such deeds that thou mayest deem thyself very fortunate in being found worthy to come and see them, and be an eyewitness of things that will with difficulty be believed.
resolved = having firm purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.7-8
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sagacious
7 uses
showing him sagacious in foreseeing the wiles of the enemy
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11-12
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
the author of my history was no sage, but some ignorant chatterer
sage = wise person
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3-4
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