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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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circumspect
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"How blessed is Calormen," said the Vizier, popping up his face again, "on whose ruler the gods have been pleased to bestow prudence and circumspection!"
circumspection = thoughtfulness of all circumstances and consequences
DefinitionGenerally circumspect means:
thoughtful of all circumstances and consequences
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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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contract
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
Be it known to you that as I made my journey towards your house to perform the contract of marriage between me and your daughter Aravis Tarkheena,
contract = an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
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countenance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
what was now lying at his feet, and staring him out of countenance with its big, green, unwinking eyes, was the cat; though certainly one of the largest cats he had ever seen.
countenance = composure
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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2  —1 use as in:
giving countenance
But expect no help nor countenance from me.
countenance = tolerance, approval, or support
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
to tolerate, approve, or show favor or support
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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

or in the form "destitute of":  lacking
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discerning
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...are hateful to the gods and to all persons of discernment.
discernment = good judgment
DefinitionGenerally discerning means:
showing good judgment or good taste and/or the perception of things not easily perceived by most people
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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 inclination
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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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impetuous
1 use
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
2 uses
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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manifest
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
manifest destiny
This boy is manifestly no son of yours, for your cheek is as dark as mine but the boy is fair and white
manifestly = obviously
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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noisome
1 use
To look at him anyone would have supposed that he had passed the night in a noisome dungeon without food or water; but in reality he had been shut up in quite a comfortable room and provided with an excellent supper.
noisome = harmful
DefinitionGenerally noisome means:
causing or able to cause nausea — especially from odor

or:

harmful
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wizened
1 use
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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