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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 90 uses
1  —80 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
carefully prepared in accord with the modern science of...
accord = 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
Book80 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —10 uses as in:
done of her own accord
the horses began to tug at the reins of their own accord and increased their pace.
own accord = own mind (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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animate
95 uses
1  —95 uses as in:
animated by her strong belief
At the men's end of the table the talk grew more and more animated.
animated = lively
DefinitionGenerally this sense of animate means:
inspire, make more lively, or bring to life
Word Statistics
Book95 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
approached the city
The expression on all faces showed the tension people feel at the approach of those in authority.†
approach = coming
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
approached her with the proposal
But as a youth in love trembles, is unnerved, and dares not utter the thoughts he has dreamed of for nights, but looks around for help or a chance of delay and flight when the longed-for moment comes and he is alone with her, so Rostov, now that he had attained what he had longed for more than anything else in the world, did not know how to approach the Emperor, and a thousand reasons occurred to him why it would be inconvenient, unseemly, and impossible to do so.†
approach = begin communication with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to begin communication with someone about something — often a proposal or a delicate topic
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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armistice
4 uses
Break the armistice immediately and march on the enemy.
armistice = agreement to temporarily stop fighting a war
DefinitionGenerally armistice means:
an agreement to temporarily stop fighting a war — typically to discuss terms of peace
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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contempt
17 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
"Liberty and equality," said the vicomte contemptuously, as if at last deciding seriously to prove to this youth how foolish his words were,
contemptuously = with disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
But my clemency is always ready to descend upon the vanquished.†
descend = come suddenly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
It would be too painful to me to think that I might be a cause of sorrow or discord in the family that has been so good to me...
discord = conflict
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 12
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
diverse discordant sounds of disorder
discordant = sounds that don't sound right together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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disdain
13 uses
The unknown general looked disdainfully down at Kozlovski, who was rather short, as if surprised that anyone should not know him.
disdainfully = with a lack of respect
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
Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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dispose
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
In a minute I shall be at your disposal.†
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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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impetuous
11 uses
You were not right, not quite in the right, you were impetuous.
impetuous = impulsive (acting without adequate thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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indolent
7 uses
the view of life you mention, and which you think is the result of your own mental efforts, is the one held by the majority of people, and is the invariable fruit of pride, indolence, and ignorance.
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
Napoleon turned to him with a pleasant, though slightly ironic, smile. "They tell me this is the room the Emperor Alexander occupied? Strange, isn't it, General?"
ironic = as though amused that what happened is very different than what might have been expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
  "We had our hands full last night. However, I think the
regiment is not a bad one, eh?"
  The battalion commander perceived the jovial irony and laughed.
irony = saying one thing while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
Web Links
novel
2 uses
Pierre was greatly surprised by his wife's view, to him a perfectly novel one, that every moment of his life belonged to her and to the family.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 11
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pedantic
3 uses
He was continually traveling through the three provinces entrusted to him, was pedantic in the fulfillment of his duties, severe to cruelty with his subordinates, and went into everything down to the minutest details himself.
pedantic = excessive concern with formal rules and details
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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reproach
88 uses
Well, I don't think you need reproach yourself on his account.
reproach = criticize
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
Word Statistics
Book88 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5
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resolute
53 uses
She entered the room with resolute steps.
resolute = firm in purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book53 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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