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The Hound of the Baskervilles

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

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amiable
5 uses
an elderly gentleman of a very amiable disposition
amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
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audacious
4 uses
It's the man himself, by all that's wonderful and audacious!
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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benevolent
2 uses
I have not finally made up my mind whether it is a benevolent or a malevolent agency which is in touch with us
benevolent = kind or good
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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bronze
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
He grazed his cattle on these slopes, and he learned to dig for tin when the bronze sword began to supersede the stone axe.
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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conjecture
4 uses
He knew our number, knew that Sir Henry Baskerville had consulted me, spotted who I was in Regent Street, conjectured that I had got the number of the cab and would lay my hands on the driver
conjectured = concluded 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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cunning
1 use
You perceive the devilish cunning of it, for really it would be almost impossible to make a case against the real murderer.
cunning = cleverness
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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daunt
2 uses
A dim line of ancestors, in every variety of dress, from the Elizabethan knight to the buck of the Regency, stared down upon us and daunted us by their silent company.
daunted = discouraged or intimidated
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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discern
3 uses
I seemed to discern some signs of emotion upon the butler's white face.
discern = to see something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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dissent
1 use
shook his head in strong dissent.
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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eccentric
1 use
Sir Charles was a widower, and a man who may be said to have been in some ways of an eccentric habit of mind.
eccentric = unconventional or strange
DefinitionGenerally eccentric means:
unconventional or strange; or a person with such traits
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efface
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
efface the memory
The fresh beauty of the following morning did something to efface from our minds the grim and gray impression which had been left upon both of us by our first experience of Baskerville Hall.
efface = remove (or erase)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of efface means:
remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing
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forbearance
1 use
I counsel you by way of caution to forbear from crossing the moor in those dark hours when the powers of evil are exalted.
forbear = refrain (hold back)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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furtive
2 uses
He looked round him with a furtive and stealthy air, as one who dreads pursuit.
furtive = cautious
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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immutable
1 use
When I thought of the heavy rains and looked at the gaping roof I understood how strong and immutable must be the purpose which had kept him in that inhospitable abode.
immutable = not susceptible to change
DefinitionGenerally immutable means:
unchangeable
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incessant
2 uses
He spoke unconcernedly, but his small light eyes glanced incessantly from the girl to me.
incessantly = continuously
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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mitigate
2 uses
The man was a danger to the community, an unmitigated scoundrel for whom there was neither pity nor excuse.
unmitigated = complete (not diminished) — usually used to say that something that is harmful or unpleasant is not in any way made less bad

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unmitigated means not and reverses the meaning of mitigated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
had a negative effect
I have made some inquiries myself in the last few days, but the results have, I fear, been negative.†
negative = unsuccessful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
bad or harmful
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pugnacious
1 use
The latter was a small, alert, dark-eyed man about thirty years of age, very sturdily built, with thick black eyebrows and a strong, pugnacious face.
pugnacious = appearing combative (as though ready to fight or argue)
DefinitionGenerally pugnacious means:
quick to fight or argue
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reproach
2 uses
That Sir Henry should have been exposed to this is, I must confess, a reproach to my management of the case, but we had no means of foreseeing the terrible and paralyzing spectacle which the beast presented, nor could we predict the fog which enabled him to burst upon us at such short notice.
reproach = a criticism; or to express criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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1st useChapter 9
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specious
1 use
He then, by a specious argument, prevented her from going, and so had the chance for which he had waited.
specious = insincere, but seemingly good
DefinitionGenerally specious means:
seemingly good, but without merit

or:

insincere, but seemingly good
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