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anxiety
2 uses
Startled as she was, Alice was more frightened for him than for herself at the moment, and watched him with some anxiety as he mounted again.
anxiety = nervousness or worry
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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ballad
1 use
As the Knight sang the last words of the ballad, he ...
ballad = a song that tells a story
DefinitionGenerally ballad means:
a song (or poem) that tells a story
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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beseech
1 use
"O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
The Walrus did beseech.
"A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
Along the briny beach:"
beseech = request
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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bewilder
2 uses
said Alice, who was by this time completely bewildered.
bewildered = confused
DefinitionGenerally bewilder means:
to confuse someone
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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conjure
2 uses
It was just like a conjuring-trick, she thought.
conjuring = bringing something into existence as if by magic
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Tweedledum interrupted in a tone of great contempt.
contempt = disrespect
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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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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demure
1 use
Kitty sat very demurely on her knee
demurely = quietly
DefinitionGenerally demure means:
modest, quiet, and shy; or pretending such in a playful way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1
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despair
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
she felt despair
Alice repeated in despair, 'Oh, that'll never be done!'
despair = hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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dismay
2 uses
she exclaimed in a tone of dismay, as she put her hands up to something very heavy, and fitted tight all round her head.
dismay = to feel or cause sadness, worry, or discouragement — often in response to something surprising
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 6
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grave
6 uses
"You know," he added very gravely, "it's one of the most serious things that can possibly happen to one in a battle—to get one's head cut off."
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book6 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
...feeling very much inclined to laugh.
inclined = in the mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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indignant
4 uses
'I never ask advice about growing,' Alice said indignantly.
indignantly = with anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book4 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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inquire
4 uses
Alice inquired a little anxiously.
inquired = asked
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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melancholy
4 uses
'Only it is so VERY lonely here!' Alice said in a melancholy voice; and at the thought of her loneliness two large tears came rolling down her cheeks.
melancholy = sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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oblige   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I am obliged by law.
There was a Beetle sitting next to the Goat (it was a very queer carriage-full of passengers altogether), and, as the rule seemed to be that they should all speak in turn, HE went on with 'She'll have to go back from here as luggage!'
  Alice couldn't see who was sitting beyond the Beetle, but a hoarse voice spoke next. 'Change engines—' it said, and was obliged to leave off.
obliged = required (to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
So much obliged!
obliged = grateful or indebted
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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provoke
7 uses
'It's VERY provoking,' Humpty Dumpty said after a long silence, looking away from Alice as he spoke, 'to be called an egg—VERY!'
provoking = irritating (causing an angry reaction)
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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scorn
2 uses
'When "I" use a word,' Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, 'it means just what I choose it to mean—neither more nor less.'
scornful = disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
solemn
5 uses
'It can talk,' said Haigha, solemnly.
solemnly = with seriousness and dignity
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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trifle
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a trifling matter
...hoping to make them a LITTLE ashamed of fighting for such a trifle.
trifle = something of small importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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