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accord
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
All of us had an ample share of the treasure and used it wisely or foolishly, according to our natures.
according to = depending upon (in keeping with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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Book6 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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ambiguous
2 uses
The sums are the scoundrel's share, and where he feared an ambiguity, you see he added something clearer.
ambiguity = unclear — because open to two or more interpretations
DefinitionGenerally ambiguous means:
unclear — because there could be two or more interpretations
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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atrocious
1 use
And as for riding down that black, atrocious miscreant, I regard it as an act of virtue, sir, like stamping on a cockroach.†
atrocious = exceptionally bad, cruel, or ugly
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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bulwark
10 uses
Hands, who was not so far up, was in consequence nearer to the ship and fell between me and the bulwarks.
bulwarks = the part of a ship's side that  is above the upper deck
DefinitionGenerally bulwark means:
something that offers protection — especially a defensive wall or embankment, or a sea wall

or (especially in classic literature):  the part of a ship's side that  is above the upper deck
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Book10 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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calumny
1 use
They go the length of declaring that this honest creature would do anything for money, that the HISPANIOLA belonged to him, and that he sold it me absurdly high—the most transparent calumnies.†
calumnies = false accusations against a person
DefinitionGenerally calumny means:
false accusation against a person
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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cease
8 uses
The captain, who had so long been a cause of so much discomfort, was gone where the wicked cease from troubling.
cease = stop or discontinue
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Book8 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 23
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comprehend
3 uses
I could not comprehend why the watchmen had taken no alarm.
comprehend = understand
DefinitionGenerally comprehend means:
to understand something — especially to understand it completely
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Book3 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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direct   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
depart directly
Just forward of the main-mast I stopped, drew a pistol from my pocket, took a cool aim, though he had already turned and was once more coming directly after me, and drew the trigger.†
directly = immediately
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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2  —2 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
And with that, this brave fellow turned his back directly on the cook and set off walking for the beach.†
directly = exactly where stated (used for emphasis)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book2 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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doleful
1 use
And I thought it was a ditty rather too dolefully appropriate for a company that had met such cruel losses in the morning.
dolefully = full of sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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duplicity
1 use
I had by this time taken such a horror of his cruelty, duplicity, and power that I could scarce conceal a shudder when he laid his hand upon my arm.
duplicity = deception — usually in a sustained manner
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
The rocks of the Spy-glass re-echoed it a score of times; the whole troop of marsh-birds rose again, darkening heaven, with a simultaneous whirr; and long after that death yell was still ringing in my brain, silence had re-established its empire, and only the rustle of the redescending birds and the boom of the distant surges disturbed the languor of the afternoon.†
re-established = restored

(Editor's note:  The prefix "re-" in re-established means again. This is the same pattern you see in words like reconsider, rearrange, and regenerate.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 14
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formidable
3 uses
That formidable seafaring man with one leg has at last gone clean out of my life;
formidable = intimidating or impressive
DefinitionGenerally formidable means:
intimidating or impressive — arousing fear or admiration due to impressiveness or challenge
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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however
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
However, complications may...
Soon, however, he saw that our party had the start of him; and Ben Gunn, being fleet of foot, had been dispatched in front to do his best alone.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book10 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7
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incessant
1 use
The ship was talking, as sailors say, loudly, treading the innumerable ripples with an incessant weltering splash
incessant = continuous/annoying
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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incongruous
2 uses
I could just make out that he had a book as well as a knife in his hand, and was still wondering how anything so incongruous had come in their possession when...
incongruous = lacking in compatibility or appropriateness
DefinitionGenerally incongruous means:
out of place; or lacking in harmony or compatibility or appropriateness
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
was obscure, but now bright
In the midst of all this the lamp still cast a smoky glow, obscure and brown as umber.
obscure = dark
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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obsequious
1 use
And there was Silver, sitting back almost out of the firelight, but eating heartily, prompt to spring forward when anything was wanted, even joining quietly in our laughter—the same bland, polite, obsequious seaman of the voyage out.
obsequious = excessively eager to flatter or serve
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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pretense
1 use
Get the captain and squire down to the cabin, and then make some pretence to send for me.
pretence = a false appearance or action to help one pretend

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use pretense.)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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resolute
1 use
As soon as I remembered I was not defenceless, courage glowed again in my heart and I set my face resolutely for this man of the island and walked briskly towards him.
resolutely = with firm purpose or belief
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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