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amiable
26 uses
he might have had amiable intentions.
amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 43-45
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capricious
7 uses
All this, instead of being as you now are, dependent on the mere caprice of Puffy!
caprice = impulsiveness or unpredictability
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22-24
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complacent
10 uses
Miss Flite received the compliment with complacency and dropped a general curtsy to us.
complacency = contented (unworried and happy)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13-15
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conciliatory
4 uses
She seemed to respect him and even to wish to conciliate him.
conciliate = build trust with
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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condescending
25 uses
He had no sense of the honour done him and his daughter by the lady's condescension;
condescension = the act of doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book25 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13-15
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
things yet to come of those long-deferred hopes
deferred = postponed (put off)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16-18
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
...he then defers to Miss Flite ... and at some length, she performs the courtly ceremony of presentation.
defers = submits or yields
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 46-48
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deride
1 use
expressive of derision and contempt
derision = critical disrespect — typically while laughing at or making fun of

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34-36
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diligent
7 uses
He was punctual and diligent;
diligent = characterized by 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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13-15
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disparage
10 uses
Heaven forbid that I should disparage my dear child, but he has—no deportment.
disparage = criticize
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 22-24
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empower
2 uses
If you would empower me to do it, I would do it for you with the greatest satisfaction!
empower = give authority to
DefinitionGenerally empower means:
give or delegate authority or power to

or:

give knowledge or confidence to someone that permits doing something
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-57
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expedient
4 uses
In consequence of Mrs. Snagsby looking deeply edified, Mr. Snagsby thinks it expedient on the whole to say amen, which is well received.
expedient = speedy or practical; or an action that is speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-3
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inflammable
1 use
Out of the court, and a long way out of it, there is considerable excitement too, for men of science and philosophy come to look, and carriages set down doctors at the corner who arrive with the same intent, and there is more learned talk about inflammable gases and phosphuretted hydrogen than the court has ever imagined.
inflammable = easily burned

(editor's note:  This word is often confused because in is often used as a prefix for not, but in this case the prefix means within. Today, most people just say flammable which has the same meaning and won't be confused.)
DefinitionGenerally inflammable means:
easily started on fire and burned
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-33
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prominent
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a prominent jaw
She was a formidable style of lady with spectacles, a prominent nose, and a loud voice, who had the effect of wanting a great deal of room.
prominent = protruding (sticking out and easily noticed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
sticking out and easily noticed
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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quibble
1 use
Act as if I was— shut my mouth up, tell me not to commit myself, keep circumstances back, chop the evidence small, quibble, and get me off perhaps!
quibble = argue about unimportant things
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue about unimportant things; or an argument or complaint about something unimportant
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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rectify
1 use
"If I have not," pursues Sir Leicester, "in the most emphatic manner, adjured you, officer, to exercise your utmost skill in this atrocious case, I particularly desire to take the present opportunity of rectifying any omission I may have made."
rectifying = correcting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 52-54
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recumbent
1 use
He is not expected there, for he has been recumbent this quarter of a century in the churchyard of St. Andrews, Holborn, with the waggons and hackneycoaches roaring past him all the day and half the night like one great dragon.
recumbent = lying down
DefinitionGenerally recumbent means:
lying down; or horizontal
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10-12
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remonstrate
21 uses
Mr. William Guppy, however, having got the advantage, cannot quite release it without a little more injured remonstrance.
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 55-57
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simile
1 use
...being some ten years older than I and a couple of inches taller, with his head thrown back like an old soldier, his stalwart chest squared, his hands like a clean blacksmith's, and his lungs!  There's no simile for his lungs.  Talking, laughing, or snoring, they make the beams of the house shake.
simile = a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-9
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succession
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
a succession of events
They meet again at dinner—again, next day— again, for many days in succession.
succession = a row (one after another)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of succession means:
series or sequence (one after another)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4-6
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