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appalling
3 uses
An appalling loneliness came over him.
appalling = horrible
DefinitionGenerally appalling means:
shockingly terrible or horrible
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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audible
2 uses
I wish the Magician would make them inaudible instead of invisible.
inaudible = impossible to hear

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in inaudible means not and reverses the meaning of audible. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of audible means:
capable of being heard
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Book2 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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bulwark
10 uses
Lucy, leaning over the bulwark,
bulwark = the part of a ship's side that is above the upper deck
DefinitionGenerally bulwark means:
something that offers protection — especially a defensive wall or embankment, or a sea wall

or (especially in classic literature):  the part of a ship's side that  is above the upper deck
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Book10 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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contrary   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrary to
And the service they ask of her is in no way contrary to her Majesty's honour, but a noble and heroical act.
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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2  —1 use as in:
on the contrary
On the contrary he liked him very much and was therefore frightened about him, and being frightened put him in a bad temper — just as your mother is much angrier with you for running out into the road in front of a car than a stranger would be.
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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coronation
3 uses
on, my coronation day... I swore an oath that, if once I established peace in Narnia, I would sail east
coronation = ceremony of installing a new monarch (in this case a king)
DefinitionGenerally coronation means:
a ceremony of installing a new monarch (new king or queen)
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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despair
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
she felt despair
The pleasure... of being liked... was what kept Eustace from 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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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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enmity
1 use
And what have we done to earn your enmity?
enmity = hatred
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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grave
1 use
it paced gravely along the swaying deck
gravely = seriously and solemnly
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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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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infallible
1 use
an infallible spell to make...
infallible = never failing
DefinitionGenerally infallible means:
never wrong; or never failing
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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languish
1 use
Caspian was sorry for the others languishing in the hold of Pug's slave-ship,
languishing = suffering for a long time
DefinitionGenerally languish means:
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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mane
5 uses
And he was solid and real and warm and he let her kiss him and bury herself in his shining 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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Book5 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
"Nothing about it in the correspondence," said the governor. Nothing in the minutes. We have not been notified of any such thing.†
minutes = formal notes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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mitigate
1 use
...since the first day he came on board he had been an unmitigated nuisance...
unmitigated = complete

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unmitigated means not and reverses the meaning of mitigated. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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precipice
3 uses
...steep and narrow, with precipices on either side.
precipices = steep cliffs
DefinitionGenerally precipice means:
a very steep cliff

or:

any dangerous situation
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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ration
5 uses
The real trouble is water. ... On short rations, half a pint a day each, we've got enough for twelve days.
rations = a fixed portion of something given as a share (in this case water)
DefinitionGenerally ration means:
verb:  to restrict the amount of something each person can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage, or when more is wanted than is available

or:

noun:  a fixed portion of something that is given as a person's share — such as goods of which there is a shortage, or food for soldiers in the field
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Book5 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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regent
4 uses
I had an excellent person to leave as regent while I'm away
regent = temporary ruler
DefinitionGenerally regent means:
a member of a governing board — especially at a state university

or:

someone who rules a country temporarily while the king or queen is too young, too sick, or away
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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reign
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She reigned over England
She was only a little bit of a thing compared with one of our ships, or even with the ... which Narnia had owned when Lucy and Edmund had reigned there
reigned = ruled (held royal office and were in charge)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reign means:
rule (like that of a king or queen); or the time during which one ruled
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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serpent
12 uses
...the whole ship was under an arch of serpent.
serpent = snake (in this case a giant one)
DefinitionGenerally serpent means:
a snake
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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treacherous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a scheming, treacherous assistant
Eustace didn't want to accept, but Lucy said, "I'm sure they're not treacherous."
treacherous = untrustworthy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of treacherous means:
guilty of betrayal or deception or likely to betray or deceive
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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