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audacious
2 uses
...this most excellent and audacious hobbit...
audacious = daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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benighted
1 use
But their main gate used to come out on a different pass, one more easy to travel by, so that they often caught people benighted near their gates.
benighted = lacking enlightenment, knowledge, or culture
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1st useChapter 6
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circuitous
1 use
Horses and ponies had been sent round by circuitous paths to meet them at their appointed landing-place.
circuitous = indirect (deviating from a straight course)
DefinitionGenerally circuitous means:
indirect (deviating from a straight course — physically or in speech or conduct)
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1st useChapter 10
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cleave
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
cleave through
May it soon cleave goblins once again!
cleave = cut through (with violent force)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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dubious
1 use
...they all began discussing dragon-slayings historical, dubious, and mythical...
dubious = doubtful (as true history)
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful — such as:
  • uncertain that something can be relied upon
  • uncertain about the quality or wisdom of something
  • a relatively gentle way of saying that the quality of something described as good is in such doubt that it is considered bad
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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furtive
1 use
...they met no sign of any living thing, only furtive shadows that fled from the approach of their torches
furtive = intentionally hard to see
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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haughty
1 use
Thorin indeed was very haughty,
haughty = condescending
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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heed
5 uses
Beorn seemed to be growing drowsy and paid little heed to them.
heed = attention
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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ingenious
2 uses
...they invented some of the machines that have since troubled the world, especially the ingenious devices for killing large numbers of people at once,
ingenious = inventive
DefinitionGenerally ingenious means:
showing inventiveness and skill
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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lament
3 uses
...and down the wind came the voices of the people of Esgaroth lamenting their lost town and goods and ruined houses.
lamenting = expressing regret for
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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obstinate
1 use
"All the same, I should like it all plain and clear," said he obstinately,
obstinately = stubbornly
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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ominous
3 uses
...they looked seldom at it, for it was ominous and dreary even in the light of morning.
ominous = suggestive of evil or something bad
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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perplex
1 use
Then as is the nature of folk that are thoroughly perplexed, they began to grumble at the hobbit, blaming him for what had at first so pleased them:
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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portent
1 use
This departure from truth on the part of a most honest hobbit was a portent of great significance.
portent = a sign of something about to happen
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1st useChapter 1
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pretense
1 use
...the others made no pretence of offering...
pretence = action to pretend
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
an appearance or action to help one pretend
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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purloin
1 use
A really first-class and legendary burglar would at this point have picked the trolls' pockets ... purloined the beer, and walked off without their noticing him.
purloined = stolen
DefinitionGenerally purloin means:
to steal — especially in violation of trust
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1st useChapter 2
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remuneration
1 use
"Also I should like to know about risks, out-of-pocket expenses, time required and remuneration, and so forth"-by which he meant: "What am I going to get out of it? and am I going to come back alive?"
remuneration = payment
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1st useChapter 1
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resolve
3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
And then quite suddenly in another flash, as if lifted by a new strength and resolve, he leaped.
resolve = firmness of purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
treacherous
2 uses
Still elves are light-footed, and though they were not in these days much used to the marches and the treacherous lands between the Forest and the Lake, their going was swift.
treacherous = dangerous
DefinitionGenerally treacherous means:
dangerous

or:

likely to betray; or guilty of betrayal
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 12
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wane
2 uses
The winds broke up the grey clouds, and a waning moon appeared above the hills between the flying rags.
waning = diminishing (the illuminated part is getting smaller each night)
DefinitionGenerally wane means:
a gradual decline (in size or strength or power or number) — especially the part of the moon that is visible
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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