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begrudge
11 uses
I know that I deserve my punishment. I do not begrudge it.
begrudge = resent
DefinitionGenerally begrudge means:
to resent (feel bitterness—usually over unfairness); or to give unwillingly
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 58
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deliberate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deliberate insult
there just aint nothing justifies the deliberate destruction of what a man has built with his own sweat
deliberate = intentional
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to do something intentionally (do it on purpose)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 53
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
They descend the hill in a series of spine-jolting jumps,
descend = move down
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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despair
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
she felt despair
They too are breathing now with a deep groaning sound; looking back once, their gaze sweeps across us with in their eyes a wild, sad, profound and despairing quality as though they had already seen in the thick water the shape of the disaster which they could not speak and we could not see.
despairing = hopeless
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 23
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detach
3 uses
When we speak our voices are quiet, detached.
detached = emotionally uninvolved (separated from ourselves)
DefinitionGenerally detach means:
to separate something from something else (physically or emotionally)
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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engender
3 uses
...sparks rain on it in scattering bursts as though they engendered other sparks from the contact.
engendered = gave rise to
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 50
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flout
9 uses
flouting the will of God
flouting = openly disregarding
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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gaunt
5 uses
He too has lost flesh; like ours, his face has an expression strained, dreamy and gaunt.
gaunt = thin and bony
DefinitionGenerally gaunt means:
very thin and bony — often from hunger or as though having been worn to the bone
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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irrevocable
3 uses
her soul faced the awful and irrevocable judgment
irrevocable = final (incapable of being undone)
DefinitionGenerally irrevocable means:
incapable of being undone
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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mortal
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
mortal body
It is our mortal lot to suffer and...
mortal = human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 39
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muse
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
her musings
...from behind his slack-faced astonishment he muses as though from beyond time, upon the ultimate outrage.
muses = thinks (reflects deeply)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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oblige
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
I'm obliged to you.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 46
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omnipotent
1 use
Praise to Thee in Thy bounteous and omnipotent love; O praise.
omnipotent = all powerful
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 41
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
the profound desolation of the ocean
profound = of great intensity
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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rapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rapt attention
watching Vernon with rapt absorption.
rapt = deep interest and focus
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rapt means:
deeply interested and focused (on something) — often while admiring
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 37
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rein
12 uses
...holding the horse reined back.
reined = restrained
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rein means:
to restrain or control; or a means of control
The meaning of rein depends upon its context. For example:
  • "keep a tight rein on the new employee," or "rein in a horse" — to control or restrain
  • "give the new employee free rein," or "give the horse full rein" — do not restrain
  • "the reins of government" — means of control
  • "the reins of the horse" — leather straps used with a bit to control a horse (You might like to think of other senses of rein as being figurative derivations from this sense.)
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Book12 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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sacrilege
2 uses
It would be sacrilege to try to.
sacrilege = disrespectful of something others consider sacred
DefinitionGenerally sacrilege means:
disrespect of something others consider important or sacred
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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sullen
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sullen mood
sullenly willing to be disappointed all at the same time.
sullenly = with a gloomy (or bad) mood
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
being unhappy and withdrawn
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 45
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twilight
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
pink clouds in a twilight sky
He looks up at the gaunt face framed by the window in the twilight.
twilight = light from the time of day between daylight and darkness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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ubiquitous
1 use
He tries to smoothe it again, clumsily, his hand awkward as a claw, smoothing at the wrinkles which he made and which continue to emerge beneath his hand with perverse ubiquity, so that at last he desists, his hand falling to his side and stroking itself again, palm and back, on his thigh.†
ubiquity = being everywhere all the time
DefinitionGenerally ubiquitous means:
being present everywhere or all the time
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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