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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 the thought of that Witch fiddling with it," said Mrs Beaver, "and breaking it or stealing it, as likely as not."
abide = tolerate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to tolerate or put up with something
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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appease
1 use
...the Deep Magic will be appeased.
appeased = satisfied (its demands met, so it will not be angry or upset)
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
The centaurs stamped uneasily with their hoofs.
centaurs = creatures that are half man half horse
DefinitionGenerally centaur means:
a mythical being that is half man and half horse
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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
"How perfectly dreadful!" said Susan as they at last came back in despair.
despair = distress (at not knowing how to improve a bad situation)
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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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
In that knowledge, despair and die!
despair = give up hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
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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.
In the meantime we will not dispute about them.
dispute = argue
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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earnest
3 uses
...waiting and wondering while the Lion and the Witch talked earnestly together in low voices.
earnestly = very seriously
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Book3 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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grave
2 uses
he suddenly looked less grave
grave = sad and thoughtful ("with a heavy heart")
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
But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation.
incantation = a ritual recitation of words or sounds believed to have a magical effect
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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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
...and neither she nor anyone else felt inclined to talk about the wardrobe at all.
inclined = a tendency (or: in the mood)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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liberate
2 uses
And they made good laws and kept the peace and saved good trees from being unnecessarily cut down, and liberated young dwarfs... from being sent to school
liberated = set free
DefinitionGenerally liberate means:
to set free — as from prison, political oppression, persecution, expectations...
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Book2 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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lithe
1 use
...a long lithe creature that Edmund took to be a dragon.
lithe = flexible (moving and bending with ease)
DefinitionGenerally lithe means:
a graceful, flexible body — often implying thinness

or:

graceful, flexible body movement
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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mane
12 uses
...and the children, watching from their hiding-place, could see the face of Aslan looking all small and different without its mane.
mane = lion's hair
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
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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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ogre
5 uses
ogres with monstrous teeth, and...
ogres = frightening giants
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
...a pavilion pitched on one side of the open place.
pavilion = a large tent
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
That would not fulfil the prophecy.
prophecy = prediction of the future
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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solemn
8 uses
Peter was silent and solemn as he received these gifts, for he felt they were a very serious kind of present.
solemn = serious and dignified
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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Book8 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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treachery
2 uses
You know that every traitor belongs to me as my lawful prey and that for every treachery I have a right to a kill.
treachery = betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treachery means:
the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
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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
Merely a trifle!
trifle = little thing
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
She did not mean to hide in the wardrobe, because she knew that would only set the others talking again about the whole wretched business.
wretched = unfortunate or 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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