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adjure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I adjure you
"Once and for all," said the prisoner, "I adjure you to set me free."
adjure = appeal earnestly or command solemnly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adjure means:
to appeal earnestly or command solemnly
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bastion
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To the North there were low pale-coloured hills, in places bastioned with rock.
bastioned = protected
DefinitionGenerally bastion means:
defense or defensive fortification — such as people who defend a principle or fortifications that defend people from attack (especially the projecting part of a castle wall or rampart)
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beseech
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"I beseech you to hear me," said the Knight, forcing himself to speak calmly.
beseech = to ask strongly or beg
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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bulwark
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...and many banners waving from the decks, and a row of shields, bright as silver, along the bulwarks.
bulwarks = 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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buttress
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a flying buttress
They behaved like people who do not want to be seen: lurking in shadow behind buttresses or in doorways,
buttresses = an architectural feature that supports the wall of a building
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diligent
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...they were all diligently throwing snowballs ... in such perfect time with the music...
diligently = working hard and carefully at
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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disheveled
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Pale though he was from long imprisonment in the Deep Lands, dressed in black, dusty, dishevelled, and weary, there was something in his face and air which no one could mistake.
dishevelled = messy (untidy or in disarray) — especially of a person's clothes and hair
DefinitionGenerally disheveled means:
messy (untidy or disordered) — especially of a person's clothes and hair
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
She is of divine race, and knows neither age nor death.
divine = wonderful; god-like; or coming from God
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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eloquent
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very witty and eloquent.
eloquent = powerful use of language
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forbearance
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And I know not how, as the years pass, I shall bear to remember that it was once in my power to have probed the uttermost pit of Earth and that I forbore.
forbore = refrained (did not)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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grievous
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For she has found out by art magical that this would hinder my deliverance from the grievous enchantment I lie under.
grievous = very bad; or causing grief
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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impeach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
impeach my courage
If my old friend Reepicheep the Mouse were here, he would say we could not now refuse the adventures of Bism without a great impeachment to our honour.
impeachment = criticism (of character)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impeach means:
criticize someone's character
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inquisitive
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"Stay here, I vote," said Jill. "I'd much rather not see it." But she felt a little inquisitive all the same.
inquisitive = inclined to try to learn about things
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monotonous
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She began to play it with her fingers - a steady, monotonous thrumming that you didn't notice after a few minutes.
monotonous = lacking in variety
DefinitionGenerally monotonous means:
lacking in variety — typically boring
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pantomime
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And he rubbed his big frog-like hands together as if he were talking of going to a party or a pantomime.
pantomime = a performance of something through gestures and body movements without words
DefinitionGenerally pantomime means:
a performance or expression of something through gestures and body movements without words
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phosphorescence
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He thought the hole would lead only into some other cave, lit by some ghostly phosphorescence and filled with goodness-knows-what evil creatures of the Underworld.
phosphorescence = dim glowing light
DefinitionGenerally phosphorescence means:
a dim glowing light

or more technically:  a fluorescence (dim light)  created by a chemical reaction within a living organism; or a dim light that continues to shine from something after the bombarding radiation (stronger light that fell upon it) has ceased
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prudent
1 use
...the gentle giants. They are as mild, civil, prudent, and courteous as...
prudent = careful and sensible
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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renounce
1 use
renounce it as plain villainy
renounce = reject
DefinitionGenerally renounce means:
to formally reject, give up, or turn away from

(as in to give up the power of a monarch, to change belief , behavior, support, or association)
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resolute
1 use
He walked resolutely to the door and flung it wide open.
resolutely = with firm purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
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shoal
1 use
At about nine o'clock next morning three lonely figures might have been seen picking their way across the Shribble by the shoals and stepping-stones.
shoals = sandbanks or other stretches of shallow water
DefinitionGenerally this sense of shoal means:
a sandbank or other stretch of shallow water
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