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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
...it was an Abare village which the Bulgarians had burnt according to the laws of war.
according to = in keeping with (in agreement with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book8 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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2  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
...he accorded him his pardon with a clemency which...
accorded = gave (as a special privilege)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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anachronism
1 use
Pitying the poor, he would have shown us poverty as a ridiculous anachronism,
anachronism = something out of place for it's time - typically something that belongs in the past
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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clemency
1 use
...he accorded him his pardon with a clemency which will bring him praise in all the journals, and throughout all ages.
clemency = mercy
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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condescending
2 uses
the Marchioness, who half rose, honoured Candide with a gracious smile, and Martin with a condescending nod;
condescending = treating as inferior
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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Constantinople
13 uses
Candide's Voyage to Constantinople
Constantinople = The city of Byzantium was renamed this prior to being named Istanbul.
DefinitionGenerally Constantinople means:
the city of Byzantium was renamed to Constantinople which was renamed to Istanbul, Turkey; Constantine made it the capital of the Byzantium Empire (also known as the eastern Roman Empire) in the fourth century
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Book13 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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disdain
1 use
He spoke to men with so noble a disdain, carried his nose so loftily ... and stalked with such intolerable pride, that those who saluted him were strongly inclined to give him a good drubbing.
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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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dispute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
their border dispute
What! have you no monks who teach, who dispute, who govern, who cabal, and who burn people that are not of their opinion?
dispute = argue or debate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
disagreement, argument, or conflict
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18
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2  —10 uses as in:
She disputes his claim.
"Let us work," said Martin, "without disputing; it is the only way to render life tolerable."
disputing = arguing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24
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Dutch
11 uses
There was then a small Dutch ship in the harbour.
Dutch = of the people of the Netherlands (including Holland)
DefinitionGenerally Dutch means:
the people of the Netherlands (including Holland); or relating to them (including the name of their language)
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Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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inquisitor
22 uses
The Inquisitor threatened him
inquisitor = an officer of the Inquisition (who could question and punish people thought to be heretical or immoral)
DefinitionGenerally inquisitor means:
a questioner who is excessively harsh

or:

an officer of the Inquisition
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Book22 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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insolent
3 uses
"I will not suffer," said the Baron, "such meanness on her part, and such insolence on yours;"
insolence = rude disrespect
DefinitionGenerally insolent means:
rudely disrespectful
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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Jesuit
31 uses
The sovereigns of Paraguay admit as few Spanish Jesuits as possible; they prefer those of other nations as being more subordinate to their commands.
Jesuits = a member of the Society of Jesus (known for their schools and missionary work)
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Book31 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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optimistic
8 uses
Voltaire's men and women point his case against optimism by starting high and falling low.
optimism = a tendency to expect and see the best in all things
DefinitionGenerally optimistic means:
expecting the best; or focusing on the good part of things
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Book8 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useIntr.
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prodigious
4 uses
The Turks killed prodigious numbers of the Russians, but the latter had their revenge.
prodigious = far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
...he would give us good counsel in this emergency, for he was a profound philosopher.
profound = deep or far-reaching in insight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
...presented it to her with a profound reverence.
profound = greatest intensity of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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prudent
5 uses
The prudent old woman saw at once what was to be done.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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resolve
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
And at the end of a few days they resolved also to devour the women.
resolved = definitely decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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revere
2 uses
She dropped her bouquet; I picked it up, and presented it to her with a profound reverence.
reverence = feelings of deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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