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alacrity
1 use
After a couple of minutes' unbroken silence, Henry, turning to Catherine for the first time since her mother's entrance, asked her, with sudden alacrity, if Mr. and Mrs. Allen were now at Fullerton?
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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amiable
9 uses
she need not fear to acknowledge some actual specks in the character of their father, who ... she did believe, upon serious consideration, to be not perfectly amiable.
amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 18 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
But you are not aware of the consequences; it will involve you in a very cruel embarrassment, and certainly bring on a disagreement between us.
consequences = results (things that will follow from it)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book8 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16
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2  —10 uses as in:
of little consequence
I dare say we could do very well without you; but you men think yourselves of such consequence.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 12
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Eleanor's countenance was dejected,
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The Clifton scheme had been deferred,
deferred = postponed (put off until another time)
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 13
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digress
2 uses
And, "I really have not patience with the general," was uttered twice after Mr. Allen left the room, without any relaxation of anger, or any material digression of thought.
digression = change of topic

(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 digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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duplicity
1 use
Her duplicity hurts me more than all; till the very last, if I reasoned with her, she declared herself as much attached to me as ever, and laughed at my fears.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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endeavor
19 uses
She said nothing; and Eleanor, endeavouring to collect herself and speak with firmness, but with eyes still cast down, soon went on.
endeavouring = trying or attempting

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use endeavoring.)
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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Book19 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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entreat
12 uses
Let me entreat you never to think of him again, my dear Catherine; indeed he is unworthy of you.
entreat = ask earnestly
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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guile
1 use
Open, candid, artless, guileless, with affections strong but simple, forming no pretensions, and knowing no disguise.
guileless = without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in guileless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
Catherine had neither time nor inclination to answer.
inclination = desire (an attitude favoring)

(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 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 10
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inquiry
14 uses
...he was on inquiry satisfied; for he had early in the evening taken pains to know who her partner was, and had been assured of Mr. Tilney's being a clergyman, and of a very respectable family in Gloucestershire.
inquiry = investigation
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Book14 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 34 uses
1  —22 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
I must be at Woodston on Monday to attend the parish meeting, and shall probably be obliged to stay two or three days.
obliged = required (obligated)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book22 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —7 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
Mrs. Hughes could not have applied to any creature in the room more happy to oblige her than Catherine.
oblige = grant a favor
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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3  —5 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
—she felt more obliged to the two young men for this simple praise than a true-quality heroine would have been for fifteen sonnets in celebration of her charms, and went to her chair in good humour with everybody, and perfectly satisfied with her share of public attention.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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recollect
18 uses
for the life of me, I cannot recollect it.
recollect = remember
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book18 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 20
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remonstrate
4 uses
Isabella, however, caught hold of one hand, Thorpe of the other, and remonstrances poured in from all three.
remonstrances = arguments in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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resolve
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
She resolved on not answering Isabella's letter, and tried to think no more of it.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 24
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trifle
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
a trifling matter
You should never fret about trifles.
trifles = unimportant things

(editor's note:  To fret is to worry.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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