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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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avenge
3 uses
I would sail east myself for a year and a day to find my father's friends or to learn of their deaths and avenge them if I could.
avenge = take revenge
DefinitionGenerally avenge means:
take revenge for a perceived wrong
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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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consul
3 uses
he began demanding to be put ashore and said that at the first port he would "lodge a disposition" against them all with the British Consul.
consul = diplomat appointed (in this case, the British)
DefinitionGenerally consul means:
a diplomat appointed by a government to protect its commercial interests and help its citizens in a foreign country
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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 = in opposition to what was just said
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Book1 use
Library6 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:
the 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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enmity
1 use
And what have we done to earn your enmity?
enmity = hatred
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred between enemies
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Library2 uses 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 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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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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Book1 use
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 growing:
  • around the head—as of a lion
  • on the back of the neck—as of a horse
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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mitigate
1 use
...since the first day he came on board he had been an unmitigated nuisance...
unmitigated = complete
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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mortal   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
mortal body
Now Lucy had wanted very badly to try the other spell, the one that made you beautiful beyond the lot of mortals.
mortals = those who are merely human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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2  —1 use as in:
felt mortal agony
We're mortal tired of being invisible.
mortal = extremely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
extreme or intense
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 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:
to restrict the amount of something people can have — such as food or gasoline when there is a shortage

or:

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
Library11 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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 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
Eustace didn't want to accept, but Lucy said, "I'm sure they're not treacherous."
treacherous = dangerous
DefinitionGenerally treacherous means:
dangerous

or:

likely to betray; or guilty of betrayal
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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