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The Count of Monte Cristo
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advocate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to advocate
The only difference consists in the opposite character of the equality advocated by these two men; one is the equality that elevates, the other is the equality that degrades; one brings a king within reach of the guillotine, the other elevates the people to a level with the throne.
advocated = recommended
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
to recommend or publicly support someone or something
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5-6
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2  —1 use as in:
an advocate supporting
Still, marquise, it has been so with other usurpers—Cromwell, for instance, who was not half so bad as Napoleon, had his partisans and advocates.†
advocates = public supporters
DefinitionGenerally this sense of advocate means:
a person who publicly supports and works to advance a cause

or more rarely:

someone acting in the role of a defense lawyer in England's past and in some jurisdictions today
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1st useChapter 5-6
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augment
10 uses
as you may suppose, all this, instead of lessening, only augments his sorrows.
augments = increases
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25-26
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capricious
24 uses
but it is ridiculous thus to yield to the caprices of an old man, and I shall, therefore, act according to my conscience.
caprices = impulsive acts
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book24 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33-34
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Morrel turned away to conceal the confusion of his countenance.
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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1st useChapter 111-112
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
Compelled, as they were, to await a night sufficiently dark to favor their flight, they were obliged to defer their final attempt till that auspicious moment should arrive;
defer = postpone
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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1st useChapter 17-18
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explicit
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
explicit instructions
But let it be done explicitly and positively.†
explicitly = clearly and specifically
DefinitionGenerally this sense of explicit means:
clear and with enough detail so there is no confusion
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1st useChapter 75-76
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fallacious
2 uses
"Alas," said Edmond, smiling, "these are the treasures the cardinal has left; and the good abbe, seeing in a dream these glittering walls, has indulged in fallacious hopes."
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect information or belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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1st useChapter 23-24
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focus   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Turn your focus to question #2.
Captivity has brought my mental faculties to a focus; and you are well aware that from the collision of clouds electricity is produced—from electricity, lightning, from lightning, illumination.†
focus = a state of concentration
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
verb: to concentrate, look at, or pay attention to

noun: the act of concentration, or the ability to concentrate

(to concentrate is to direct attention or effort towards a single thing)
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1st useChapter 17-18
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2  —1 use as in:
The focus of our study is...
Philosophers may well say, and practical men will always support the opinion, that money mitigates many trials; and if you admit the efficacy of this sovereign balm, you ought to be very easily consoled—you, the king of finance, the focus of immeasurable power.†
focus = center
DefinitionGenerally this sense of focus means:
where attention is concentrated or directed
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1st useChapter 103-104
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hypothesis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
"He is worn out," said Debray; "besides, he could not well appear in public, since he has been the dupe of the Cavalcanti, who, it appears, presented themselves to him with false letters of credit, and cheated him out of 100,000 francs upon the hypothesis of this principality."†
hypothesis = reasonable belief
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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1st useChapter 109-110
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inflexible
15 uses
I know his character; he is inflexible in any resolutions formed for his own interests.
inflexible = unbending (not willing to compromise or make concessions)
DefinitionGenerally inflexible means:
not flexible (not bendable or adaptable in various senses:)
  • not willing to compromise or make concessions — as when a boss says "Do it my way or you're fired."
  • not able to adjust well to different conditions — as of a schedule that cannot be changed
  • not easily bent without physical damage or injury — as of brittle steel or person with stiff joints
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Book15 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 47-48
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Monsieur
171 uses
Monsieur Albert appears to me quite innocent of the treason
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to:  "Mr." in English

or:

French equivalent to: "sir" in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book171 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 67-68
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obscure   (4 meanings)
4 meanings, 15 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
it obscured my view
...he saw only a gray mass, which was veiled also by a cloud, which at that moment obscured the moon's feeble light.
obscured = hid
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 33-34
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2  —3 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
At this instant a bright light shot through the mind of Dantes, and cleared up all that had been dark and obscure before.
obscure = not clearly seen or understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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1st useChapter 9-10
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3  —2 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
The family began to get accustomed to their obscurity.
obscurity = the condition of being undistinguished
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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1st useChapter 17-18
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4  —7 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
Immediately afterwards the light expired, and the room was plunged in frightful obscurity,
obscurity = darkness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7-8
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passage
1 use
"I wish to consult you on this passage, 'Molli fugiens anhelitu,' you know it refers to a stag flying from a wolf.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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1st useChapter 9-10
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render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
I was made baron, and ... in return for services rendered,
rendered = given
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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1st useChapter 45-46
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Your position as secretary to the minister renders your authority great on the subject of political news;
renders = makes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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1st useChapter 53-54
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