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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
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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Book8 uses
Library53 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
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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circumscribe
1 use
...makes the Messiah take a great pair of compasses from the armoury of heaven to circumscribe His work?
circumscribe = draw a circle around or surround
DefinitionGenerally circumscribe means:
to restrict something within set limits; or draw a circle around or surround
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1st useChapter 25
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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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consummate
1 use
I find thou hast the most consummate effrontery to dare to mention so presumptuous a design!
consummate = complete or utter (having a quality to an extreme degree)

(editor's note:  Effrontery means "impolite boldness".)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consummate means:
perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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despair   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
I fell, oppressed with fright, fatigue, horror, despair, and hunger.
despair = hopelessness
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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
do not despair
I should have been burnt, but you may remember it rained exceedingly hard when they were going to roast me; the storm was so violent that they despaired of lighting the fire, so I was hanged because they could do no better.
despaired = lost hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 28
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
Jealousy, discord, and fury, dwell in the convent.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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1st useChapter 24
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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
Library7 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
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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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 500
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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impudent
1 use
...would you have the impudence to marry my sister who has seventy-two quarterings!
impudence = improper boldness toward someone who is considered to be of higher status
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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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
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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pious
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
We had a very pious and humane Iman, who preached an excellent sermon, exhorting them not to kill us all at once.
pious = highly religious or moral
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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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
Library2 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
Library8 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
Library8 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 9
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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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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