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The Horse and His Boy

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besiege
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It's no good going back to Anvard, it'll all be besieged.
besieged = surrounded by armed forces
DefinitionGenerally besiege means:
to surround with armed forces, and cut-off supplies or attack

or:

to make an overwhelming number of requests, complaints, or comments — typically in an annoying manner and sometimes while surrounding
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betrothed
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Last of all came a little hump-backed, wizened old man in whom she recognized with a shudder the new Grand Vizier and her own betrothed husband, Ahoshta Tarkaan himself.
betrothed = person she is to marry
DefinitionGenerally betrothed means:
promised to marry; or the person who has promised to marry
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consort
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1  —1 use as in:
consort together
...and courteously he consorted with us the space of seven days.
consorted = spend leisure time with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consort means:
spend time with — especially spending leisure time with people considered undesirable; or one of the people with whom time is spent
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contempt
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1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
"Oh yes, of course," said Shasta. "At least, I've ridden the donkey."
  "Ridden the what?" retorted the Horse with extreme contempt.
contempt = disrespect
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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decorum
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For nothing is more suitable to persons of gravity and decorum than to endure minor inconveniences with constancy.
decorum = proper manners
DefinitionGenerally decorum means:
manners and conduct considered to be proper and in good taste
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desist
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My son, by all means desist from kicking the venerable and enlightened Vizier:
desist = cease (stop)
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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destitute
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Accordingly, remembering how the gods never fail to reward those who befriend the destitute,
destitute = extremely poor
DefinitionGenerally destitute means:
extremely poor; or lacking the necessities of life such as food and shelter

The expression "destitute of" means:  lacking
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dispose   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the waste
Meanwhile at Anvard everyone was very glad that he had been disposed of before the real fun began, which was a grand feast held that evening on the lawn before the castle, with dozens of lanterns to help the moonlight.
disposed = settled (gotten rid of so he didn't require further attention)

(editor's note:  They were glad Rabadash (the ridiculous donkey) had been sent back to Tashbaan.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to throw away
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2  —1 use as in:
Is she disposed to help?
Nevertheless, in consideration of your youth and the ill nurture, devoid of all gentleness and courtesy, which you have doubtless had in the land of slaves and tyrants, we are disposed to set you free, unharmed, on these conditions: first, that...
disposed = inclined (have a desire to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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disposition
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1  —1 use as in:
a kind disposition
He is gone without my knowledge or my consent, I know not whither, because of his violence and the rash and disobedient disposition of youth.
disposition = normal mood, personality, or inclination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of disposition means:
someone's normal mood, personality, or typical way of behaving
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dominion
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Your royal Highness, if you had given that challenge a week ago, I'll answer for it—there was no one in King Edmund's dominion, from the High King down to the smallest Talking Mouse, who would have refused it.
dominion = kingdom (the area he ruled)
DefinitionGenerally dominion means:
dominance or power over others; or a region so dominated
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grovel
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A hideous grovelling slave who flatters when he's kicked but treasures it all up and hopes to get his own back by egging on that horrible Tisroc to plot his son's death.
grovelling = showing submission or fear

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use groveling.)
DefinitionGenerally grovel means:
to show submission or fear — sometimes by crawling or lying face down
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impetuous
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the impetuosity of youth
impetuosity = impulsiveness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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incantation
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And this change, O most learned Prince, has doubtless been brought to pass by the powerful incantations of those wicked persons who now call themselves kings and queens of Narnia.
incantations = combinations of words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
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induce
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1  —1 use as in:
induce her to
"O my master," replied the fisherman (and Shasta knew by the wheedling tone the greedy look that was probably coming into his face as he said it), "what price could induce your servant, poor though he is, to sell into slavery his only child and his own flesh?"
induce = persuade (convince)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to persuade somebody to do something
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judicious
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But another poet has likewise said, "He who attempts to deceive the judicious is already baring his own back for the scourge."
judicious = people who show good judgment
DefinitionGenerally judicious means:
showing good judgment
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reproach
1 use
With a great deal of bustle, muttering reproaches to itself, the Dwarf half led and half supported Shasta at a great speed further into the wood and a little downhill.
reproaches = criticisms
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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salutation
1 use
Ahoshta Tarkaan to Kidrash Tarkaan, salutation and peace.
salutation = greetings
DefinitionGenerally salutation means:
a greeting — such as "Hi",  "Dear John:", or "Ladies and Gentlemen"

or:

the act of greeting
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venerable
1 use
My son, by all means desist from kicking the venerable and enlightened Vizier:
venerable = respected (or honorable)
DefinitionGenerally venerable means:
respected (worthy of respect) — typically because of age or position
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wizened
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Last of all came a little hump-backed, wizened old man
wizened = lean and wrinkled (typically from age or illness)
DefinitionGenerally wizened means:
thin and wrinkled — typically from age or illness
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