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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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congregation
1 use
There was a rustling of dresses, and the standing congregation sat down.
congregation = group of people who worship together in the same building
DefinitionGenerally this sense of congregation means:
people who worship together in the same building
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Forms of Political Government Compared and Contrasted
contrasted = compared to show differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 21
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
Judge Thatcher sent messages of hope and encouragement from the cave, but they conveyed no real cheer.†
conveyed = communicated or expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 30
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
The window went up, a maid-servant's discordant voice profaned the holy calm, and a deluge of water drenched the prone martyr's remains!
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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dismal
12 uses
Everything was dismally still.
dismally = depressingly
DefinitionGenerally dismal means:
of terrible quality or depressing; or dark and dreary (as when bad weather blocks the sun or when it is drizzly)
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Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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furtive
7 uses
He worshipped this new angel with furtive eye, till he saw that she had discovered him;
furtive = an attempt to avoid notice
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
The minister related many a touching incident in the lives of the departed, too, which illustrated their sweet, generous natures, and the people could easily see, now, how noble and beautiful those episodes were, and remembered with grief that at the time they occurred they had seemed rank rascalities, well deserving of the cowhide.†
illustrated = helped make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 17
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indifferent
8 uses
grew weary at last, and then indifferent and absent-minded.
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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Book8 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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melancholy
14 uses
all gladness left him and a deep melancholy settled down upon his spirit.
melancholy = sadness
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book14 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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negative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
negative feedback from customers
  "...did you tear this book?" A denial. Another pause. ...
  "Susan Harper, did you do this?" Another negative.†
negative = indicating an answer of "no"
DefinitionGenerally this sense of negative means:
to express criticism or disagreement, or (especially when talking over a radio or in a military setting) to say "no"
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 20
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ostentatious
3 uses
yielded up the pewter medal which he had worn with ostentation for months.
ostentation = an action intended to attract notice and impress others

(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 ostentatious means:
intended to attract notice and impress others — especially with wealth in a vulgar way
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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passage
1 use
However, they worried through, and each got his reward—in small blue tickets, each with a passage of Scripture on it; each blue ticket was pay for two verses of the recitation.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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perceptible
4 uses
By and by, out of the stillness, little, scarcely perceptible noises began to emphasize themselves.
perceptible = noticeable
DefinitionGenerally perceptible means:
capable of being noticed — typically because it is different enough or large enough
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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perplex
7 uses
He scratched his head with a perplexed air,
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book7 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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resolve
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Tom resolved that he would never trust a man like that again.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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stolid
3 uses
And the poor creature dropped on his knees before the stolid murderer, and clasped his appealing hands.
stolid = unemotional
DefinitionGenerally stolid means:
having or revealing little emotion — sometimes indicating qualities of not changing or being dependable

or (much more rarely):

of an object:  not interesting — often large and unmoving
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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trifle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
a trifling matter
...at a point where the Mississippi River was a trifle over a mile wide,
trifle = little (of small quantity or importance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
trifle with her affections
The thing failed this time, however, so the boys shouldered their tools and went away feeling that they had not trifled with fortune, but had fulfilled all the requirements that belong to the business of treasure-hunting.
trifled with = treated thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
  Yet shame I not to bear an o'er-full heart,
  Nor blush to turn behind my tearful eyes;
  'Tis from no stranger land I now must part,
  'Tis to no strangers left I yield these sighs.†
yield = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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2  —7 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Huck started sorrowfully away, and Tom stood looking after him, with a strong desire tugging at his heart to yield his pride and go along too.†
yield = give up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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