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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
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Book6 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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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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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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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 = to stop or discontinue
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Book8 uses
Library25 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
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 6
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coxswain
15 uses
And the coxswain, Israel Hands, was a careful, wily, old, experienced seaman who could be trusted at a pinch with almost anything.
coxswain = the person in charge of a boat (small ship)
DefinitionGenerally coxswain means:
the person in charge of a boat (small ship) — such as a boat used in rowing competition
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Book15 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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dexterity
2 uses
His left leg was cut off close by the hip, and under the left shoulder he carried a crutch, which he managed with wonderful dexterity, hopping about upon it like a bird.†
dexterity = adroitness (skill) — with the hands or mind
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1st useChapter 8
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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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1st useChapter 12
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elated
1 use
I was greatly elated with my new command, and pleased with the bright, sunshiny weather
elated = had a feeling of happiness and excitement
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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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
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 14
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forage
1 use
Foraging about, I found a bottle with some brandy left, for Hands; and for myself I routed out some biscuit, some pickled fruits, a great bunch of raisins, and a piece of cheese.
foraging = searching for and gathering — often food and provisions
DefinitionGenerally forage means:
to search for and gather — often food and provisions
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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furtive
1 use
Silver leant back against the wall, his arms crossed, his pipe in the corner of his mouth, as calm as though he had been in church; yet his eye kept wandering furtively
furtively = cautiously or suspiciously
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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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
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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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 = an appearance or action to help one pretend
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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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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vengeance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
vengeance is mine
Soon after, with a drink all round, we lay down to sleep, and the outside of Silver's vengeance was to put George Merry up for sentinel and threaten him with death if he should prove unfaithful.†
vengeance = the act of taking revenge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of vengeance means:
the act of taking revenge

(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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2  —1 use as in:
with a vengeance
"Drink and the devil had done for the rest," with a vengeance, although, to be sure, we were not quite in so bad a case as that other ship they sang about: With one man of her crew alive, What put to sea with seventy-five.†
with a vengeance = with intensity
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1st useChapter 34
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windward
2 uses
If you would on'y lay your course, and a p'int to windward, you would ride in carriages, you would.†
windward = the direction from which the wind is coming
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Book2 uses
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1st useChapter 11
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