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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

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abide
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abide by her decision
I never could abide figures! (where figures refers to math)
abide = tolerate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to tolerate or put up with something
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
'You!' said the Caterpillar contemptuously. 'Who are YOU?'
contemptuously = with disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
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 = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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 this sense of 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
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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dispute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
their border dispute
Alice began to feel very uneasy: to be sure, she had not as yet had any dispute with the Queen, but she knew that it might happen any minute, 'and then,' thought she, 'what would become of me?'
dispute = disagreement, argument, or conflict
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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earnest
2 uses
'Take some more tea,' the March Hare said to Alice, very earnestly.
earnestly = sincerely
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book2 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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entangled
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
entangled in the branches
Alice crouched down among the trees as well as she could, for her neck kept getting entangled among the branches, and every now and then she had to stop and untwist it.
entangled = caught and twisted
DefinitionGenerally this sense of entangled means:
caught in

or:

twisted together into a confusing mass
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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grave
6 uses
Alice thought the whole thing very absurd, but they all looked so grave that she did not dare to laugh;
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book6 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
the Dodo had paused as if it thought that SOMEBODY ought to speak, and no one else seemed inclined to say anything.
inclined = in the mood (to have an attitude favoring)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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indignant
5 uses
said Alice indignantly.
indignantly = with anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book5 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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melancholy
6 uses
Alice replied in a very melancholy voice.
melancholy = sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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oblige
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
'And that's the jury-box,' thought Alice, 'and those twelve creatures,' (she was obliged to say 'creatures,' you see, because some of them were animals, and some were birds,) 'I suppose they are the jurors.'
obliged = required (to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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persist
2 uses
the Mock Turtle persisted.
persisted = continued despite difficulties
DefinitionGenerally persist means:
to continue — often despite difficulty
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Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
...said the sage, as he shook his grey locks,
sage = person known for being wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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serpent
12 uses
Serpent, I say again!
serpent = snake
DefinitionGenerally serpent means:
a snake
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Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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solemn
7 uses
the Gryphon replied very solemnly.
solemnly = with seriousness and dignity
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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Book7 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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suppress
5 uses
Here the other guinea-pig cheered, and was suppressed.
suppressed = tried to keep under control
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
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Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
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

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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