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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
The Queen gave a contemptuous smile.
contemptuous = disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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cower
1 use
Uncle Andrew cowered away from her.
cowered = showed fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
DefinitionGenerally cower means:
show fear by positioning the body as though afraid of being hit
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1st useChapter 7
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delirium
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
fever induced delirium
Close beside Digory in the darkness, it was wailing on "Oh, oh, is this delirium?"
delirium = a usually brief state of mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
Be walking trees. Be talking beasts. Be divine waters.
divine = wonderful; or god-like
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 9
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
"And now," said Aslan, "Narnia is established."†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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foal
1 use
The horse seemed to like it too; he gave the sort of whinney a horse would give if, after years of being a cab-horse, it found itself back in the old field where it had played as a foal, and saw someone whom it remembered and loved coming across the field to bring it a lump of sugar.
foal = young horse
DefinitionGenerally foal means:
a young horse; or giving birth to a young horse
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1st useChapter 8
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forbearance
1 use
Take of my fruit for others or forbear,
forbear = refrain (hold back)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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1st useChapter 13
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however   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
However, complications may...
However, that might be, it was proved later that there was still magic in its wood.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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2  —4 uses as in:
However much she tried...
Yes, you used to tie a horrid black thing behind me and then hit me to make me run, and however far I ran this black thing would always be coming rattle-rattle behind me.†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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1st useChapter 6
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landmark
1 use
so that if they had once left behind the pool that led to our own world without making some sort of landmark, the chances would have been a hundred to one against their ever finding it again.
landmark = something easily recognized
DefinitionGenerally landmark means:
something very important

or:

something easily recognized (such as a monument, building, or geographic feature) — especially one that helps one to know where she is; or that is a tourist destination
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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loathe
1 use
That is what happens to those who pluck and eat fruits at the wrong time and in the wrong way. The fruit is good, but they loathe it ever after.
loathe = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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obstinate
1 use
And I've had enough of you too - you beastly, stuck-up, obstinate pig!
obstinate = stubborn
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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preposterous
1 use
I never heard anything so preposterous in my life!
preposterous = absurd, outrageous, silly, or completely unreasonable
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
...rules of that sort ... can't possibly be expected to apply to profound students and great thinkers and sages.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or insight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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rein
1 use
my nose fair pinched off me with the wind, and my 'ands that numb I couldn't 'ardly 'old the reins?
reins = straps used to control a horse
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rein means:
to restrain or control; or a means of control
The meaning of rein depends upon its context. For example:
  • "keep a tight rein on the new employee," or "rein in a horse" — to control or restrain
  • "give the new employee free rein," or "give the horse full rein" — do not restrain
  • "the reins of government" — means of control
  • "the reins of the horse" — leather straps used with a bit to control a horse (You might like to think of other senses of rein as being figurative derivations from this sense.)
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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repress
1 use
...laughing ... They tried at first to repress it, but Aslan said:
repress = not permit it
DefinitionGenerally repress means:
to hold something back

or:

to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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sagacious
1 use
The sagacious animal...
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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1st useChapter 11
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
great thinkers and sages
sages = people known for being wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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stifle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the heat is stifling
And she was stooped and seemed to be finding it hard to breathe, as if the air of that place stifled her.
stifled = made breathing difficult
DefinitionGenerally this sense of stifle means:
to make breathing difficult or impossible — often from heat or humidity
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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volley
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a volley of...
The Squirrels bombarded him with volleys of nuts but he only covered his head with his hands and tried to keep out of the way.
volleys = a rapid or simultaneous discharge of projectiles
DefinitionGenerally this sense of volley means:
a rapid or simultaneous discharge of bullets or other projectiles

or:

a rapid or simultaneous series of similar (and usually antagonistic) events — such as protests or criticisms
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1st useChapter 14
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