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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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abide
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
abide by her decision
I can't abide her continual complaints.
abide = tolerate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to tolerate or put up with something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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appease
1 use
The President is thought to have made the statement to appease the party faithful.
appease = satisfy or pacify (bring peace and calm among)
DefinitionGenerally appease means:
satisfy or pacify (make less angry or upset) — typically by giving something wanted
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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centaur
12 uses
Firenze is the name of a centaur character in the Harry Potter stories.
centaur = a mythical being that is half man and half horse
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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despair   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
Don't give in to despair.
despair = a feeling of hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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2  —1 use as in:
do not despair
Don't despair. Next year will be better.
despair = lose hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
She disputes her landlord's claim that the music was that loud.
disputes = challenges
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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earnest
3 uses
I began training in earnest the summer before high school.
in earnest = in a serious manner
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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grave
2 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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incantation
1 use
She believes in the power of magical incantations.
incantations = combinations of words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
I'm inclined to believe him.
inclined = have a tendency; or an attitude or mood that favors something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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liberate
2 uses
She works to liberate the religious minority from persecution.
liberate = set free
DefinitionGenerally liberate means:
to set free — as from prison, political oppression, persecution, expectations...
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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lithe
1 use
The lithe dancers seem to float across the stage.
lithe = moving and bending with ease
DefinitionGenerally lithe means:
a graceful, flexible body — often implying thinness

or:

graceful, flexible body movement
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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mane
12 uses
It was a healthy male lion with a golden mane.
mane = long coarse hair growing around the head
DefinitionGenerally mane means:
long coarse hair such as that which grows around a lion's head or on the back of a horse's neck
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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ogre
5 uses
Shrek, the lovable green ogre.
ogre = a giant from a fairy tale
DefinitionGenerally ogre means:
fairy tales:  a frightening giant — especially one who likes to eat people

or:

an evil, hideous, and frightening person
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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pavilion
7 uses
We're meeting for a picnic under the pavilion at the park.
pavilion = large roofed structure without walls
DefinitionGenerally pavilion means:
a large structure separate from a main structure
in various senses, including:
  • a large roofed structure without walls — often found in parks
  • a temporary structure — such as a large tent to house exhibits at a fair, to provide sports facilities, or to put on a show
  • a section of a large hospital or office complex adjacent to other parts
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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prophecy
2 uses
The prophecy came true.
prophecy = prediction of the future
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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solemn
8 uses
He took a solemn oath.
solemn = very serious
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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treachery
2 uses
Benedict Arnold remains the U.S.'s symbol of ultimate treachery.
treachery = betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treachery means:
the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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trifle
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a trifling matter
We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.
trifling = small (of little importance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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wretched
2 uses
The children were taken into protective custody due to their wretched living conditions.
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad
in various senses, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet."
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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