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centaur
6 uses
Well, as soon as he saw Corin and me, it seems this Centaur looked at me and said, A day will come when that boy will save Archenland from the deadliest danger in which ever she lay.
centaur = a mythical being that is half man and half horse
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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constrained
2 uses
...it is very grievous to be constrained to keep our hands off such a dainty dish as Narnia.
constrained = restricted in action
DefinitionGenerally constrained means:
restricted; or lacking spontaneity

or typically archaic:  to force someone to do something
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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discretion
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
Parental discretion advised
And when I learned who she was, being delighted with her beauty and discretion, I became inflamed with love and it appeared to me that the sun would be dark to me if I did not marry her at once.
discretion = good judgment or good taste
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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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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Book1 use
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1st useChapter 15
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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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1st useChapter 15
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enlightened
4 uses
"O enlightened Vizier," said the Tisroc, "bestow your wisdom upon us concerning this strange proposal."
enlightened = having important knowledge or understanding
DefinitionGenerally enlightened means:
having or receiving important knowledge or understanding — (sometimes a spiritual belief)

or:

free of false beliefs based on superstition or prejudice
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Book4 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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foal
5 uses
I was only a foal at the time.
foal = a young horse
DefinitionGenerally foal means:
a young horse; or giving birth to a young horse
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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grave
1 use
For nothing is more suitable to persons of gravity and decorum than to endure minor inconveniences with constancy.
gravity = importance (weightiness) or seriousness
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
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Book1 use
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8
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inclined
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I'm inclined to
...they felt no inclination to talk to one another about...
inclination = tendency (an attitude that favored)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 14
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inexorable
4 uses
In the name of Tash the irresistible, the inexorable.
inexorable = unstoppable
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1st useChapter 3
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mane
14 uses
He could see the mane and ears and head of his horse quite easily now.
mane = long coarse hair that grows on the back of the neck of a horse (or around the head of a lion)
DefinitionGenerally mane means:
long coarse hair growing:
  • around the head—as of a lion
  • on the back of the neck—as of a horse
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Book14 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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moreover
3 uses
...the land of Narnia was covered with ice and snow and was moreover ruled by a most powerful enchantress.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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nevertheless
2 uses
Moreover he is at least sixty years old and has a hump on his back and his face resembles that of an ape. Nevertheless my father, because of the wealth and power of this Ahoshta, and being persuaded by his wife, sent messengers offering me in marriage,
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book2 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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nurture
3 uses
Nevertheless, in consideration of your youth and the ill nurture, devoid of all gentilesse and courtesy, which...
nurture = help to develop
DefinitionGenerally nurture means:
help develop or grow
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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peasant
5 uses
Several other travellers were before them on the bridge, mostly peasants driving laden donkeys and mules or carrying baskets on their heads.
peasants = persons of low income, education, and social standing  (used historically to primarily describe those who raised crops or livestock)
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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pinnacle
4 uses
To the right there were rocky pinnacles, one or two of them with snow clinging to the ledges.
pinnacles = mountain peaks (the highest points of the mountains)
DefinitionGenerally pinnacle means:
the highest point

in various senses including:
  • the best stage of development
  • a high pointed rock formation or mountain peak
  • a pointed tower at the top of a building
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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precede
1 use
But at last with a great creaking and sighing he heaved up his enormous body, signed to the slaves to precede him with the lights, and went out.
precede = go before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book1 use
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1st useChapter 8
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prudent
5 uses
...by the law of nations as well as by all reasons of prudent policy, we have as good right to your head as ever one mortal man had against another.
prudent = careful and sensible
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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rein
7 uses
If I'm not to hold on by the reins or by your mane, what am I to hold on by?
reins = straps used to control a horse
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rein means:
to restrain or control as in "rein a horse"; or a means of control — such as the reins of a horse or of government

(The reins of a horse are the pair of straps attached to a bit in a horse's mouth and used to control it.)
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Book7 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolution
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a New Year's resolution
And he wept and implored me to change my resolution but in the end he said, 'To hear is to obey,' and did all my will.
resolution = firm decision
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolution means:
a firm decision to do something
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1st useChapter 3
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