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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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chasm
11 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 large difference of opinion
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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conceit
2 uses
And Jill was thinking, "He's the silliest, most conceited, selfish pig I've met for a long time."
conceited = excessively proud of himself
DefinitionGenerally this sense of conceit means:
feelings of excessive pride
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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doleful
3 uses
You sound as doleful as a funeral...
doleful = sad
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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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 or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 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 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
Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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
Word Statistics
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:
detest or intensely dislike
Word Statistics
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 growing:
  • around the head—as of a lion
  • on the back of the neck—as of a horse
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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mortal   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
mortal body
who has suffered almost more than any mortal can bear.
mortal = human (especially merely human) or subject to death
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
felt mortal agony
Those eels will take a mortal long time to cook, and either of you might faint with hunger before they're done.
mortal = extremely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
extreme or intense
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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parliament
7 uses
Let us hold a parliament of owls.
parliament = legislative assembly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of parliament means:
a legislative assembly in certain countries (that can pass laws)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 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)
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
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:
very serious—and often dignified
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library22 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 100
1st useChapter 4
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