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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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1st useChapter 10
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audible
1 use
some of the other birds tittered audibly.
audibly = in a manner that could be heard
DefinitionGenerally this sense of audible means:
capable of being heard
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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 (and sometimes to death)

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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cunning
1 use
"I'll be judge, I'll be jury," Said cunning old Fury:
cunning = clever
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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
Library16 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 to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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Book2 uses
Library36 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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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
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:
to make small restless movements
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Library11 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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however
20 uses
1  —20 uses as in:
However, complications may...
However, 'jury-men' would have done just as well.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
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
Library61 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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Library2 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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Library5 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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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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inquisitive
1 use
The Mouse looked at her rather inquisitively,
inquisitively = curiously (with a desire to learn about)
DefinitionGenerally inquisitive means:
interested in learning about things — often asking many questions
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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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Library4 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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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longitude
2 uses
Alice had no idea what Latitude was, or Longitude either, but thought they were nice grand words to say.
longitude = a measure of east/west (relative to the Prime Meridian) on the earth — calculated by using imaginary vertical circles on the surface of the earth that pass through the north and south poles and at right angles to the equator
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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positive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
Indeed, she had quite a long argument with the Lory, who at last turned sulky, and would only say, 'I am older than you, and must know better'; and this Alice would not allow without knowing how old it was, and, as the Lory positively refused to tell its age, there was no more to be said.†
positively = absolutely (used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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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
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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