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Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia
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bestow
3 uses
Then, at Aslan's command, Peter bestowed the Knighthood of the Order of the Lion on Caspian,
bestowed = presented as an honor
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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centaur
16 uses
...there came in sight the noblest creatures that Caspian had yet seen, the great centaur Glenstorm...
centaur = a creature that is half man, half horse
DefinitionGenerally centaur means:
a mythical being that is half man and half horse
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Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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dais
6 uses
That was the dais where the High Table was, where the King and the great lords sat.
dais = raised platform that gives prominence to people on it
DefinitionGenerally dais means:
a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to people on it
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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defile
1 use
Since the Humans came into the land, felling forests and defiling streams, the Dryads and Naiads have sunk into a deep sleep.
defiling = dirtying the beauty or purity of something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defile means:
to dirty the beauty or purity of something — such as:
  • a pristine lake
  • a reputation or good name
  • something sacred
  • a person's virginity
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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dictate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dictate a letter
Peter dictated as follows:
dictated = said out loud for the purpose of recording
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dictate means:
say out loud for the purpose of recording
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
divinely comfortable
divinely = wonderfully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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doleful
1 use
"There's only apples," said Lucy dolefully.
dolefully = sadly
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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fervent
2 uses
they both set off with the fervent thanks and good wishes
fervent = intense (heart-felt)
DefinitionGenerally fervent means:
characterized by intense emotion or passionate belief
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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gist
1 use
But the gist of the story, as they knew it in the end, was as follows.
gist = the main point(s) of a more detailed matter
DefinitionGenerally gist means:
the main point(s) of a more detailed matter

or:

law:  the grounds for a legal action
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SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3
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grave
2 uses
His voice was grave and his eyes were merry so that, until you got to know him really well, it was hard to know when he was joking and when he was serious.
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to 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 (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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indulgent
1 use
I must crave your indulgence for appearing in this unseemly fashion.
indulgence = treatment with extra kindness or tolerance
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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mane
6 uses
Aslan, who seemed larger than before, lifted his head, shook his mane, and roared.
mane = lion's hair
DefinitionGenerally mane means:
long coarse hair growing:
  • around the head—as of a lion
  • on the back of the neck—as of a horse
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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melancholy
2 uses
and their ears were down and their whiskers drooped and their tails dragged in the grass, and their leader piped on his slender pipe a melancholy tune.
melancholy = sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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nettle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
beware of nettles near the river
With some difficulty, and with some stings from nettles and pricks from thorns, they struggled out of the thicket.
nettles = plants with stinging or irritating hairs
DefinitionGenerally this sense of nettle means:
a type of plant with stinging or irritating hairs
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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pompous
2 uses
Not by the army, but by a pompous old fool who has charge of a little castle
pompous = person behaving with excessive self-importance
DefinitionGenerally pompous means:
behaving with excessive self-importance — often with exaggerated dignity or ceremonial splendor

or more rarely:  showing ceremonial splendor (pomp)
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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precipice
5 uses
They had come, without seeing it, almost to the edge of a small precipice from which they looked down into a gorge...
precipice = steep cliff
DefinitionGenerally precipice means:
a very steep cliff

or:

any dangerous situation
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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reign
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She reigned over England
Their reign was the Golden Age in Narnia...
reign = the time of their rule
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reign means:
rule (like that of a king or queen); or the time during which one ruled
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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treachery
5 uses
That'll be very useful if the enemy try any treachery.
treachery = deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treachery means:
the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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twilight
4 uses
with a grey twilight in the wood (for the sun had not yet risen)
twilight = the time of day between daylight and darkness (in this case, just before the sunrise, but in other instances it could be just after sunset)
DefinitionGenerally 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

or:

a condition of decline following successes
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Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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wizened
1 use
he would be a wizened, but hearty old man with a frizzled beard and warts on his face and hands,
wizened = lean and wrinkled (typically from age)
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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