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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
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Book80 uses
Library46 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 — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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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
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Book95 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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complacent
11 uses
Several of our men fell, among them the round-faced officer who had marched so gaily and complacently.
complacently = in a satisfied manner — without any concern (often to a fault)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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desist
2 uses
"Lise, I beg you to desist," said Prince Andrew still more emphatically.
desist = to not do something
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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forage
11 uses
Denisov, who had been losing at cards all night, had not yet come home when Rostov rode back early in the morning from a foraging expedition.
foraging = searching for and gathering — often food and provisions
DefinitionGenerally forage means:
to search for and gather — often food and provisions
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses 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
Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 15 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
Whatever question arose, a swarm of these drones, without having finished their buzzing on a previous theme, flew over to the new one and by their hum drowned and obscured the voices of those who were disputing honestly.
obscured = made harder to hear and understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
2  —9 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
Met by this difficulty historians of that class devise some most obscure, impalpable, and general abstraction which can cover all conceivable occurrences, and declare this abstraction to be the aim of humanity's movement.
obscure = hard to understand
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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3  —4 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
...would lift him from the ranks of obscure officers and offer him the first step to fame!
obscure = undistinguished
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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philanthropy
6 uses
In regard to philanthropy, the greatest virtue of crowned heads, Napoleon also did all in his power.
philanthropy = helping others
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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querulous
5 uses
Princess Mary well knew this mood of quiet absorbed querulousness, which generally culminated in a burst of rage, and she went about all that morning as though facing a cocked and loaded gun and awaited the inevitable explosion.
querulousness = habitual complaining
DefinitionGenerally querulous means:
habitually complaining — especially in a high-pitched whiny voice
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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reprehensible
2 uses
And Pierre, anxiously trying to remember whether he had done anything reprehensible, looked round with a blush.
reprehensible = bad and unacceptable
DefinitionGenerally reprehensible means:
bad and unacceptable — deserving severe criticism
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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reproach
71 uses
Well, I don't think you need reproach yourself on his account.
reproach = criticize
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism
Word Statistics
Book71 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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vacillate
3 uses
The vacillation between the various plans that were proposed had even increased after the Emperor had been at headquarters for a month.
vacillation = changing one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas
DefinitionGenerally vacillate means:
to change one's mind back and forth between conflicting ideas

or:

to sway back and forth
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
zeal
11 uses
When they understood that order the servants set to work at this new task with pleasure and zeal.
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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