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allude
7 uses
He mumbled a few words, but I could only catch some allusion to a rat.
allusion = indirect reference
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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amiable
6 uses
He was still smiling in the most amiable manner.
amiable = friendly and kindly
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Book6 uses
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1st useChapter 1
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aversion
2 uses
she had an unreasoning aversion to her stepmother.
aversion = dislike that leads to avoidance
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1st useChapter 5
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candid
1 use
my poor little reputation, such as it is, will suffer shipwreck if I am so candid.
candid = honest and direct
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1st useChapter 2
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conjecture
8 uses
My whole examination served to turn my conjecture into a certainty.
conjecture = a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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Book8 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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deduction
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
logical deduction
Now, when you see that a young lady, otherwise neatly dressed, has come away from home with odd boots, half-buttoned, it is no great deduction to say that she came away in a hurry.
deduction = logical conclusion
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deduction means:
a logical conclusion; or reasoning from the general to the particular
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1st useChapter 3
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deference
2 uses
"Oh, if you say so, Mr. Jones, it is all right," said the stranger with deference.
deference = polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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1st useChapter 2
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diversity
1 use
"Come," cried the inspector, laughing; "it's a very pretty diversity of opinion."
diversity = variety
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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dubious
1 use
And yet there was but one woman to him, and that woman was the late Irene Adler, of dubious and questionable memory.
dubious = doubtful or suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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1st useChapter 1
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eccentric
4 uses
After all, if these people had strange fads and expected obedience on the most extraordinary matters, they were at least ready to pay for their eccentricity.
eccentricity = unconventional or strange behavior
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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florid
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
florid color
I had called upon my friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, one day in the autumn of last year and found him in deep conversation with a very stout, florid-faced, elderly gentleman with fiery red hair.
florid = red
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
a reddish color — (especially about someone's complexion or in various medical contexts)
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1st useChapter 2
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formidable
7 uses
"It is nothing very formidable," he said,
formidable = intimidating or impressive
DefinitionGenerally formidable means:
intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
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Book7 uses
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1st useChapter 1
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hydraulic
11 uses
Mr. Jeremiah Hayling, aged twenty-six, a hydraulic engineer.
hydraulic = relating to something moved or operated by pressurized liquid
DefinitionGenerally hydraulic means:
relating to liquid — often describing machinery as moved by pressurized liquid
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Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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morose
3 uses
Ferguson appeared to be a morose and silent man
morose = unhappy, often withdrawn personality
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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obstinate
3 uses
It was in vain to argue with him, for he was a very obstinate man.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolute
3 uses
Did I not tell you how quick and resolute she was?
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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specious
1 use
No, sir, but the facts might be met speciously enough.
speciously = seemingly to indicate something, but not really proving it
DefinitionGenerally specious means:
seemingly good, but without merit

or:

insincere, but seemingly good
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1st useChapter 6
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tenable
1 use
I ask you now, is such a theory tenable?
tenable = possible to defend
DefinitionGenerally tenable means:
defensible — especially of an opinion or a position
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1st useChapter 11
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trite
1 use
I found her more interesting than her little problem, which, by the way, is rather a trite one.
trite = small (lacking impact or uninteresting)
DefinitionGenerally trite means:
lacking impact — typically because it is common or overused
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1st useChapter 3
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vacuous
2 uses
Again a startled look came over the somewhat vacuous face of Miss Mary Sutherland.
vacuous = lacking intelligent thought
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1st useChapter 3
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