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affectation
3 uses
no pride, vanity, or affectation
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 26 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
The flying or floating island is exactly circular, its diameter 7837 yards, or about four miles and a half, and consequently contains ten thousand acres.
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book17 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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2  —9 uses as in:
of little consequence
The cottagers and labourers keep their children at home, their business being only to till and cultivate the earth, and therefore their education is of little consequence to the public:
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useIntr.
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contrived
38 uses
The queen commanded her own cabinet-maker to contrive a box, that might serve me for a bedchamber,
contrive = devise (or arrange or invent)
DefinitionGenerally contrived means:
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
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Book38 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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credulous
1 use
I have perused several books of travels with great delight in my younger days; but having since gone over most parts of the globe, and been able to contradict many fabulous accounts from my own observation, it has given me a great disgust against this part of reading, and some indignation to see the credulity of mankind so impudently abused.
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book1 use
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1st useChapter 4
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digress
2 uses
To return from this digression.
digression = a wandering from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 48 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
While she was absent, and out of hearing, a small white spaniel that belonged to one of the chief gardeners, having got by accident into the garden, happened to range near the place where I lay: the dog, following the scent, came directly up, and taking me in his mouth, ran straight to his master wagging his tail, and set me gently on the ground.†
directly = immediately
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —22 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
I would have pursued my journey, but he placed himself directly in the way, yet looking with a very mild aspect, never offering the least violence.†
directly = straight (exactly where stated)(used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book22 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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3  —7 uses as in:
directed her question to
But those objects against which their envy seems principally directed, are the vices of the younger sort and the deaths of the old.†
directed = focused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object — such as
  • to aim a gun or comment at someone
  • to point in a particular direction
  • to focus attention on a particular object
  • to guide or give directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • to send someone to a particular place
  • to steer a car, boat, etc.
  • to send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book7 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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4  —17 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
To this the king returned some answer, which, although I could not understand, yet I replied as I had been directed:†
directed = ordered
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book17 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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5  —1 use as in:
directed the movie
...being left to debate the matter between themselves within the space of one skull, would soon come to a good understanding, and produce that moderation, as well as regularity of thinking, so much to be wished for in the heads of those, who imagine they come into the world only to watch and govern its motion: and as to the difference of brains, in quantity or quality, among those who are directors in faction, the doctor assured us, from his own knowledge, that "it was a perfect trifle."†
directors = supervisors (people in charge)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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discourse
36 uses
This was my sincere endeavour in those many discourses I had with that monarch,
discourses = conversations
DefinitionGenerally discourse means:
a serious speech, writing, or conversation on a particular topic
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Book36 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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 inclination
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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inhabitant
34 uses
It contains above eighty thousand houses, and about six hundred thousand inhabitants.
inhabitants = people that live in a particular place
DefinitionGenerally inhabitant means:
a person who lives in a particular place
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Book34 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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metropolis
22 uses
The first request I made, after I had obtained my liberty, was, that I might have license to see Mildendo, the metropolis;
metropolis = large city
DefinitionGenerally metropolis means:
a large city — especially one that is considered important
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Book22 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 18 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I was weary of being confined to an island where I received so little countenance, and resolved to leave it with the first opportunity.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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2  —3 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
I ate no other supper, being resolved to spare my provisions as much as I could.
resolved = determined (with firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useIntr.
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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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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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servile
3 uses
But it is impossible to express his noble resentment at our savage treatment of the Houyhnhnm race; particularly after I had explained the manner and use of castrating horses among us, to hinder them from propagating their kind, and to render them more servile.
servile = submissive
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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1st useChapter 2
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