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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
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askance
1 use
But the snail replied "Too far, too far!" and gave a look askance
 Said he thanked the whiting kindly, but he would not join the dance.
askance = with distrust or suspicion
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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condemn
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
was condemned to life in prison
I'll try the whole cause, and condemn you to death.
condemn = sentence (assign legal punishment)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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despair
1 use
Alice had no idea what to do, and in despair she put her hand in her pocket, and pulled out a box of comfits, (luckily the salt water had not got into it), and handed them round as prizes.
despair = desperation (feeling extreme worry)
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
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Book1 use
Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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diligent
1 use
they set to work very diligently to write out a history of the accident,
diligently = with hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
depart directly
So she swallowed one of the cakes, and was delighted to find that she began shrinking directly.†
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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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —2 uses as in:
directed her question to
'It isn't directed at all,' said the White Rabbit; 'in fact, there's nothing written on the OUTSIDE.'†
directed = addressed (written to)
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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Book2 uses
Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 12
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dismay
1 use
"Oh, I BEG your pardon!" she exclaimed in a tone of great dismay,
dismay = upset (by her error)
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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fidget
1 use
Here the Queen put on her spectacles, and began staring at the Hatter, who turned pale and fidgeted.
fidgeted = made small restless movements
DefinitionGenerally fidget means:
small restless movements
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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fluster
1 use
I'm a deal too flustered to tell you—all I know is, something comes at me like a Jack-in-the-box, and up I goes like a sky-rocket!
flustered = nervous or confused
DefinitionGenerally fluster means:
to be or cause to be nervous or upset
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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herald
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
announced by herald & trumpet
'herald, read the accusation!' said the King.
herald = announcer of important information
DefinitionGenerally this sense of herald means:
a person who announces important news — especially a king's representative
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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however
20 uses
1  —20 uses as in:
However, complications may...
'Cheshire Puss,' she began, rather timidly, as she did not at all know whether it would like the name: however, it only grinned a little wider.†
however = though (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on "idea 1" we might not expect "idea 2", but this is a way of saying that even though "idea 1" exists, we still have "idea 2."  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book20 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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impertinent
1 use
"Don't be impertinent," said the King, "and don't look at me like that!"
impertinent = rude or improperly bold
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impertinent means:
rude or improperly bold — especially toward someone more respected
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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incessant
1 use
you incessantly stand on your head
incessantly = continuously/annoyingly
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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inquire
1 use
"What was that?" inquired Alice.
inquired = asked
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Book1 use
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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insolent
1 use
But the insolence of his Normans—" How are you getting on now, my dear?"
insolence = rude disrespectful behavior or action
DefinitionGenerally insolent means:
rudely disrespectful
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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languid
1 use
at last the Caterpillar ... addressed her in a languid, sleepy voice.
languid = slow and lacking energy
DefinitionGenerally languid means:
lacking energy or relaxed or moving slowly
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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provoke
1 use
it was very provoking to find that...
provoking = causing an emotional reaction
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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tremulous
1 use
When the sands are all dry, he is gay as a lark,
And will talk in contemptuous tones of the Shark,
But, when the tide rises and sharks are around,
His voice has a timid and tremulous sound.
tremulous = quivering (shaky)
DefinitionGenerally tremulous means:
quivering (shaky) — usually from weakness or fear — especially of the voice
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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usurp
1 use
William the Conqueror, whose cause was favoured by the pope, was soon submitted to by the English, who wanted leaders, and had been of late much accustomed to usurpation and conquest.
usurpation = the act of seizing or taking control without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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vulgar
1 use
nasty, low, vulgar things!
vulgar = of bad taste — often crude or offensive
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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