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The Silver Chair

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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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Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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apparent
5 uses
After about twenty-five minutes the giants apparently had a quarrel.
apparently = it appears
DefinitionGenerally apparent means:
clear or obvious; or appearing as such but not necessarily so
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Library66 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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bastion
1 use
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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1st useChapter 5
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beseech
1 use
"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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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bulwark
2 uses
...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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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doleful
3 uses
You sound as doleful as a funeral...
doleful = sad
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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forbearance
1 use
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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1st useChapter 14
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grievous
1 use
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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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infernal
1 use
If it was, we'd be out of this infernal wind down there.
infernal = bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell
DefinitionGenerally infernal means:
very bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell or the underworld
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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monotonous
1 use
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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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pantomime
1 use
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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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phosphorescence
1 use
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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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recite
2 uses
You mean we might draw a circle on the ground... and stand inside it... and recite charms and spells?
recite = to say something aloud (often from memory)
DefinitionGenerally recite means:
to say or read something aloud — especially something previously memorized such as a poem

or:

to say in detail — especially a list of things
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Library23 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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shoal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
run aground on a shoal
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 = areas of shallow water
DefinitionGenerally this sense of shoal means:
an area of shallow water — especially a navigation hazard, and often caused by a deposit of sand (sandbank)
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1st useChapter 6
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sullen
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sullen sky
...and rivers that poured out of echoing gorges to plunge sullenly into black depths.
sullenly = in a gloomy manner (darkly)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sullen means:
darkened by clouds; or the color of a gloomy sky
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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trifle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a trifling matter
I dare say you two thought I was a trifle tipsy last night, but I do assure you it was - well, most of it was - put on.
trifle = little
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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wither
1 use
It was absolute misery to come back into the withering coldness.
withering = intense and shriveling
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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