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allude
20 uses
it was against all the rules of their code that the mother and son should ever allude to what was uppermost in their thoughts
allude = refer (even indirectly)
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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1st useChapter 15
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candid
3 uses
May met the question with her unshaken candour.
candour = honesty and directness

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use candor.)
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
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1st useChapter 8
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consonant
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
consonant or vowel?
He had not even remembered that it was low-pitched, with a faint roughness on the consonants.
consonants = speech sounds that are not vowels
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consonant means:
a letter of the alphabet (or a speech sound) that is not a vowel
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1st useChapter 23
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convention
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
conventional behavior
...she had managed to brush away the conventions and make him feel that to seek to be alone was the natural thing for two old friends who had so much to say to each other....
conventions = things regarded as normal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
something regarded as normal or typical
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Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
After that there was still time to review, one by one, the familiar countenances in the first rows;
countenances = faces
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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1st useChapter 19
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2  —2 uses as in:
giving countenance
That is just like the extraordinary things that foreigners invent about us. They think we dine at two o'clock and countenance divorce!
countenance = approve of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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1st useChapter 33
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disdain
1 use
Their own compatriots—save those previously known or properly accredited—they treated with an even more pronounced disdain; so that, unless they ran across a Chivers, a Dagonet or a Mingott, their months abroad were spent in an unbroken tete-a-tete.
disdain = a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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1st useChapter 20
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duplicity
1 use
The bank had continued to take in money for a whole day after its failure was inevitable; and as many of its clients belonged to one or another of the ruling clans, Beaufort's duplicity seemed doubly cynical.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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1st useChapter 28
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however
13 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
However much she tried...
Well—not if the woman, however injured, however irreproachable, has appearances in the least degree against her, has exposed herself by any unconventional action to—to offensive insinuations—†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book3 uses
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1st useChapter 12
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unquizzed meaning  —10 uses
irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
situational irony
it shed an ironic light on the situation to know...
ironic = indicating that what happened is very different than what might have be expected
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
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1st useChapter 16
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
She pronounced the "we" with a faint emphasis that gave it an ironic sound.
ironic = saying one thing while meaning another
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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1st useChapter 18
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obscure   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 13 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
the view or directions are obscure
For a couple of hours Archer had examined the terms of the deed with his senior, all the while obscurely feeling that if he had been consulted it was for some reason other than the obvious one of his cousinship; and that the close of the conference would reveal it.
obscurely = in a manner not clearly understood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not clearly seen, understood, or expressed
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1st useChapter 9
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2  —5 uses as in:
knows the famous and the obscure
Only the older people remembered so obscure an incident in the business life of New York as Beaufort's failure, or the fact that after his wife's death he had been quietly married to the notorious Fanny Ring, and had left the country with his new wife, and a little girl who inherited her beauty.
obscure = not known to many people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
not known to many people; or unimportant or undistinguished
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1st useChapter 6
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3  —2 uses as in:
was obscure, but now bright
As it drove off she leaned forward, and he thought she waved her hand in the obscurity.
obscurity = darkness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
dark or dingy; or inconspicuous (not very noticeable)
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1st useChapter 31
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opera
43 uses
No expense had been spared on the setting, which was acknowledged to be very beautiful even by people who shared his acquaintance with the Opera houses of Paris and Vienna.
opera = (built for) classical music plays in which most of the dialogue is sung
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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Book43 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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philanthropy
3 uses
The melancholy possibility of having to "kill time" (especially for those who did not care for whist or solitaire) was a vision that haunted her as the specter of the unemployed haunts the philanthropist.
philanthropist = someone who helps others — especially by donating money to worthy causes
DefinitionGenerally philanthropy means:
helping others — especially donating money to worthy causes; or an organization that does so
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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prudent
6 uses
Better keep on the surface, in the prudent old New York way, than risk uncovering a wound he could not heal.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book6 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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repudiate
1 use
And then, as Archer made no effort to glance at the paper or to repudiate the suggestion, the lawyer somewhat flatly continued:
repudiate = reject
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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1st useChapter 33
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scrutiny
6 uses
Archer paused again, and their eyes met in another protracted scrutiny.
scrutiny = inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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venerate
1 use
Professor Emerson Sillerton was a thorn in the side of Newport society; and a thorn that could not be plucked out, for it grew on a ... venerated family tree.
venerated = regarded with feelings of respect and reverence
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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1st useChapter 22
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