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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
But a man who had had a university education could teach anything he liked; especially a man like Stelling, who had made a speech at a Mudport dinner on a political occasion, and had acquitted himself so well that it was generally remarked, this son-in-law of Timpson's was a sharp fellow.†
acquitted = handled (conducted or behaved)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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1st useChapter 1.3
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allude
17 uses
There was no attitude in which his pride did not feel its bruises; and in all behavior toward him, whether kind or cold, he detected an allusion to the change in his circumstances.
allusion = indirect reference

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book17 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5.5
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apprehend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
apprehend the situation
A boy born with a deficient power of apprehending signs and abstractions must suffer the penalty of his congenital deficiency, just as if he had been born with one leg shorter than the other.†
apprehending = understanding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of apprehend means:
to understand or perceive (see or become aware of)
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1st useChapter 2.4
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 23 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
A vague idea of going to prison, as a consequence of debt, was the shape his fears had begun to take.
consequence = result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book19 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.6
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2  —4 uses as in:
of little consequence
She began to dislike Mr. Riley; it was evident he thought her silly and of no consequence.
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.3
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Tom had a profound contempt for this nonsense of Maggie's,
contempt = disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
...was a source of discord between himself and his parishioners,
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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1st useChapter 7.5
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
...he felt inclined to make the piano shriek in utter discord.
discord = unpleasant sound
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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1st useChapter 6.7
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entreat
23 uses
"Don't you ask it, mum," said Bob, entreatingly.
entreatingly = in a pleading manner
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book23 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.6
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impetuous
13 uses
"Leave me to myself, if you please," she said, with impetuous haughtiness, "and for the future avoid me."
impetuous = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book13 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.3
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melancholy
19 uses
"I'm not going to stay a minute longer in this house. ..."
  "Dear heart, dear heart!" said Mr. Glegg in a melancholy tone, as he followed his wife out of the room.
melancholy = sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book19 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 38 uses
1  —32 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
Plain sewing was the only thing I could get money by, so I was obliged to try and do it well.
obliged = required (to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book32 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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2  —4 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
...he was a man of very obliging manners.
obliging = helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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3  —2 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
"Oh yes, thank you," said Maggie, "I'm very much obliged to you."
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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remonstrate
15 uses
said Lucy, in a tone of remonstrance, "I don't believe a word of that."
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Book15 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.11
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reproach
39 uses
But the reproach was the unendurable thing; the one thing worse than parting with her was, that she should feel he had acted unworthily toward her.
reproach = 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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Book39 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4.1
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resignation
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
...how could I be resigned to the loss of the one thing which had ever come to me on earth with the promise of such deep joy...
resigned = acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3.3
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resolution   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a New Year's resolution
We have failed to keep our resolutions;
resolutions = firm decisions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
a firm decision to do something
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6.14
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolution weakened.
At one time you take pleasure in a sort of perverse self-denial, and at another you have not resolution to resist a thing that you know to be wrong.
resolution = determination (steadfastness; or firmness of purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
determination (firmness of purpose)
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1st useChapter 6.4
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strata
2 uses
This was part of Bessy's weakness that stirred Mrs. Glegg's sisterly compassion: Bessy went far too well dressed, considering; and she was too proud to dress her child in the good clothing her sister Glegg gave her from the primeval strata of her wardrobe; it was a sin and a shame to buy anything to dress that child, if it wasn't a pair of shoes.
strata = layers
DefinitionGenerally strata means:
layers

or:

levels, classes, or groups into which people or other things are divided
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1st useChapter 1.7
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