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The Count of Monte Cristo

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acrimony
1 use
Whether he kept a watch over himself, or whether by accident he did not sound the acrimonious chords that in other circumstances had been touched, he was to-night like everybody else.
acrimonious = angry
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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1st useChapter 35-36
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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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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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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candid
16 uses
1  —16 uses as in:
your candid opinion
Excuse me for speaking so very candidly, but as this is intended only for ourselves, I do not see why I should weigh my words.
candidly = honestly and directly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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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
Library2 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 or manner
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1st useChapter 111-112
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efface
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
efface the memory
"And one which will go far to efface the recollection of his father's conduct," added the incorrigible marquise.
efface = remove completely from recognition or memory
DefinitionGenerally this sense of efface means:
remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing
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Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35-36
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enjoin
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
enjoined us to act
At other times in spite of maternal endearments or threats, I had with a child's caprice been accustomed to indulge my feelings of sorrow or anger by crying as much as I felt inclined; but on this occasion there was an intonation of such extreme terror in my mother's voice when she enjoined me to silence, that I ceased crying as soon as her command was given.
enjoined = urged or commanded
DefinitionGenerally this sense of enjoin means:
to urge or command someone to do something
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1st useChapter 77-78
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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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Library75 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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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:
a 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 bendable or adaptable
in various senses, including:
  • 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
Library1 use 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 the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying 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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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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perfidy
2 uses
"Provided I understand your perfidy, sir, and succeed in making you understand that I will be revenged, I shall be reasonable enough," said Albert furiously.
perfidy = act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 95-96
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render
2 uses
1  —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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 53-54
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
simile
1 use
Well, out of the five or six millions which form your real capital, you have just lost nearly two millions, which must, of course, in the same degree diminish your credit and fictitious fortune; to follow out my simile, your skin has been opened by bleeding, and this if repeated three or four times will cause death—so pay attention to it, my dear Monsieur Danglars.
simile = a comparison that highlights an attribute of something by pointing to a similarity with something of a different kind
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as"

as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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1st useChapter 65-66
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strait
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Strait of Hormuz
The ship drew on and had safely passed the strait, which some volcanic shock has made between the Calasareigne and Jaros islands; had doubled Pomegue, and approached the harbor under topsails, jib, and spanker, but so slowly and sedately that the idlers, with that instinct which is the forerunner of evil, asked one another what misfortune could have happened on board.†
strait = narrow water passage
DefinitionGenerally this sense of strait means:
a narrow channel of the sea joining two larger bodies of water
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1st useChapter 1-2
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