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advocate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
an advocate supporting
Now, in this case, I, who am the right owner, lie under two great disadvantages: first, my lawyer, being practised almost from his cradle in defending falsehood, is quite out of his element when he would be an advocate for justice, which is an unnatural office he always attempts with great awkwardness, if not with ill-will.†
advocate = person who publicly speaks on behalf of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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2  —2 uses as in:
an advocate in court
Whether advocates and orators had liberty to plead in causes manifestly known to be unjust, vexatious, or oppressive?†
advocates = lawyers
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a lawyer or officer of the court in some jurisdictions in Europe, colonial America, and the military
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alacrity
1 use
...if I had then known the nature of princes and ministers, which I have since observed in many other courts, and their methods of treating criminals less obnoxious than myself, I should, with great alacrity and readiness, have submitted to so easy a punishment.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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censure
15 uses
I am not ignorant how much I have been censured for mentioning this last particular.
censured = criticized
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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conjecture
27 uses
And although this were little better than conjecture, yet I resolved to steer my course eastward, hoping to reach the south-west coast of New Holland,
conjecture = opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
appearances of uneasiness in his countenance
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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2  —2 uses as in:
giving countenance
I was weary of being confined to an island where I received so little countenance,
countenance = approval (in this case to show the favor of conversation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
The fountains, gardens, walks, avenues, and groves, were all disposed with exact judgment and taste...
disposed = arranged or placed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
...she is more disposed to reward than to punish.
disposed = inclined (has a tendency to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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disposition   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a kind disposition
whereupon I rose up, with as melancholy a disposition as ever I had in my life.
disposition = mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or typical way of behaving
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2  —1 use as in:
strategic troop disposition
and giving them a sudden turn, the whole disposition of the words was entirely changed.
disposition = the arrangement or position
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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divert
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
divert the traffic or funds
But I endeavoured to divert him from this design, by many arguments drawn from the topics of policy as well as justice;
divert = turn (change direction of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divert means:
to change the direction of something, or the purpose for which it is used
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entreat
17 uses
After this decisive conclusion, I entreated to be heard a word or two.
entreated = requested
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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passage
5 uses
To confirm what I have now said, and further to show the miserable effects of a confined education, I shall here insert a passage, which will hardly obtain belief.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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pedantic
1 use
stupid, proud pedants
pedants = people too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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prodigious
23 uses
And who knows but that even this prodigious race of mortals might be equally overmatched in some distant part of the world, whereof we have yet no discovery.
prodigious = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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sagacious
4 uses
I durst make no return to this malicious insinuation, which debased human understanding below the sagacity of a common hound, who has judgment enough to distinguish and follow the cry of the ablest dog in the pack, without being ever mistaken.
sagacity = wisdom / intelligence
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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simile
1 use
In poetry, they must be allowed to excel all other mortals; wherein the justness of their similes, and the minuteness as well as exactness of their descriptions, are indeed inimitable.
similes = expressions that highlight similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
My eldest uncle John had left me an estate in land, near Epping, of about thirty pounds a-year; and I had a long lease of the Black Bull in Fetter-Lane, which yielded me as much more; so that I was not in any danger of leaving my family upon the parish.†
yielded = produced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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2  —3 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Their mutton yields to ours, but their beef is excellent.†
yields = gives way (in claiming superiority)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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