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abhor
1 use
I do utterly abhor ... it as plain villainy.
abhor = hate
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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anguish
1 use
There was sweat on his forehead and his face was filled with anguish.
anguish = extreme pain, suffering, or distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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centaur
18 uses
two centaurs have very kindly offered to let you ride on their backs
centaurs = creatures that are half man, half horse
DefinitionGenerally centaur means:
a mythical being that is half man and half horse
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Book18 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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chasm
12 uses
...found herself to her horror sliding down into a dark, narrow chasm...
chasm = opening on the earth's surface
DefinitionGenerally chasm means:
a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface; or (more rarely) any large gap

or:

a very large difference — often of opinion
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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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desolate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a desolate place
Before them lay a desolate, rocky plain:
desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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despair
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
she felt despair
"It's my fault," she said in despairing tones.
despairing = hopeless
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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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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diligent
1 use
...they were all diligently throwing snowballs ... in such perfect time with the music...
diligently = working hard and carefully at
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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disheveled
1 use
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

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use disheveled.)
DefinitionGenerally disheveled means:
messy (untidy or disordered) — especially of a person's clothes and hair
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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eloquent
1 use
very witty and eloquent.
eloquent = powerful use of language
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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entreat
2 uses
Listen while I am master of myself. When the fit is upon me, it well may be that I shall beg and implore you, with entreaties and threatenings, to loosen my bonds.
entreaties = requests and persuasions
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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grave
2 uses
Slowly and gravely the Witch repeated, "There is no sun."
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
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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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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indignant
2 uses
"You don't know either," said Jill indignantly.
indignantly = angry at being wronged
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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loathe
4 uses
had flung two or three coils of its loathsome body round the Prince's legs.
loathsome = disgusting
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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mane
2 uses
Well, a lion is a little bit — only a little bit, mind you like a huge cat — with a mane.
mane = long coarse hair on an animal
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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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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precipice
4 uses
beyond these, a country of high mountains, dark precipices, stony valleys,
precipices = very steep cliffs
DefinitionGenerally precipice means:
a very steep cliff

or:

any dangerous situation
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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regent
3 uses
That if the Lord Regent... hears you are going to look for the lost Prince, he won't let you start.
regent = someone who rules a country temporarily
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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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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ruinous
9 uses
...this part of the ancient road was much more ruinous than any they had yet seen.  They had to pick their way over great broken stones and between boulders and across rubble:
ruinous = damaged
DefinitionGenerally ruinous means:
catastrophic or extremely harmful; or badly damaged or decayed (like ancient ruins)
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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serpent
11 uses
And soon after that, I turn into the likeness of a great serpent, hungry, fierce, and deadly.
serpent = snake
DefinitionGenerally serpent means:
a snake
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Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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solemn
5 uses
His expression was solemn,
solemn = serious and possibly dignified
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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Book5 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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sustain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
"I beg your pardon," said the Owl. "I was just nabbing a bat. There's nothing so sustaining, in a small way, as a nice plump little bat."
sustaining = good at providing sustenance (providing food to support life)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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