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deceive
3 uses
But I thought, the Tarkaan is deceived by the Ape: for this thing that comes out of the stable is neither Tash nor any other god.†
deceived = lied or misled
DefinitionGenerally deceive means:
to lie to or mislead someone — occasionally to lie to oneself by denying reality
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend from royalty
And well they might, for these two were King Frank and Queen Helen from whom all the most ancient Kings of Narnia and Archenland are descended.
descended = come from (genetically)

(editor's note:  Modern literature would more commonly say "are descendants" rather than "are descended.")
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
figuratively, to have come down a path from the past; i.e., to originate or come from — such as in reference to ancestors or evolutionary origins
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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haughty
1 use
He was young and tall and slender, and even rather beautiful in the dark, haughty, Calormene way.†
haughty = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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hideous
2 uses
It was a hideous lane like a raw gash in the land, full of muddy ruts where felled trees had been dragged down to the river.†
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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hoard
1 use
The nuts they had carefully hoarded for the winter had nearly all been eaten by now; and of the few that were left they had already given the Ape far more than they could spare.†
hoarded = gathered something valuable and stored it
DefinitionGenerally hoard means:
to gather something valuable and store it; or a collection of such things
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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however   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
However, complications may...
Dinner was, however, a dull meal, for the best they could do was to pound up some of the hard biscuit which they found in a locker and pour it into boiling water, with salt, so as to make a kind of porridge.†
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 5
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2  —1 use as in:
However much she tried...
Whatever she looked at, however far away it might be, once she had fixed her eyes steadily on it, became quite clear and close as if she were looking through a telescope.†
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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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inexorable
1 use
The great god Tash! inexorable Tash!
inexorable = unstoppable
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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miscreant
2 uses
we must attack now, before yonder miscreants are strengthened by their friends.
miscreants = people who behave badly
DefinitionGenerally miscreant means:
a person who behaves badly
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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mock
2 uses
for if he had, how could he dare to mock him?
mock = make fun of
DefinitionGenerally mock means:
making fun of

or:

not real
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Library31 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
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nimble
1 use
At once the first Mouse climbed nimbly up till he was perched on the rope that bound Tirian's chest and was wrinkling his blunt nose in front of Tirian's face.†
nimbly = quickly and easily
DefinitionGenerally nimble means:
quick and agile  — typically physically, but can also reference quick, agile thinking

(someone who is agile does things easily)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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provoke
1 use
"We were sorely provoked," said Jewel.
provoked = incited (deliberately encouraged an emotional reaction)
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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refrain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a repeated refrain
...which had the refrain:  Ho, rumble, rumble, rumble, Rumble drum belaboured.
refrain = lines repeated after each verse of a song
DefinitionGenerally this sense of refrain means:
something repeated regularly
especially:
  • lines repeated after each verse of a song
  • a phrase or idea often repeated by someone or within a poem
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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sagacious
1 use
Doubtless, most sagacious of cats,
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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saunter
1 use
Then he sauntered out boldly in full view of the enemy.†
sauntered = walked leisurely
DefinitionGenerally saunter means:
to walk leisurely
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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scanty
1 use
...his beard was still scanty.
scanty = thin (small in amount)
DefinitionGenerally scanty means:
small in amount — often inadequate

or:

of clothes:  barely covering the area on which they are worn
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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suppress
1 use
struggling with suppressed laughter
suppressed = restrained (kept under control)
DefinitionGenerally suppress means:
trying to keep under control
The exact meaning of suppress can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "suppressed the revolution" — to stop others from doing something by force
  • "suppressed a smile" — kept something from happening
  • "suppressed the story" — kept news from spreading
  • "suppressed her fear" — controlled an emotion
  • "suppressed the memory" — avoided thinking about (perhaps even removed from conscious memory)
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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treachery
1 use
Several Narnians were standing with the Calormenes, whether through treachery or in honest fear of "Tashlan".†
treachery = betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treachery means:
the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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valor
1 use
And let none try to fight on — not even one stroke after I have given the retreat: such false valour has spoiled many notable plans in the wars.†
valour = exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use valor.)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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wither
1 use
It floated on the grass instead of walking, and the grass seemed to wither beneath it.
wither = shrivel (become weaker)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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