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The Hobbit

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abominable
2 uses
He could only see the things's eyes, but he could feel its hairy legs as it struggled to wind its abominable threads round and round him.
abominable = exceptionally bad or detestable
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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amble
1 use
At first they had passed through hobbit-lands, a wild respectable country inhabited by decent folk, with good roads, an inn or two, and now and then a dwarf or a farmer ambling by on business.
ambling = walking leisurely
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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
DefinitionGenerally circuitous means:
indirect — while traveling somewhere, or in saying or doing something
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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commotion
7 uses
The rage of the wolves was terrible to see, and the commotion they made filled all the forest.
commotion = noisy disturbance
DefinitionGenerally commotion means:
a disturbance — typically noisy
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Book7 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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descend
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
descend from royalty
Some say that he is a bear descended from the great and ancient bears of the mountains that lived there before the giants came.
descended = having come (genetically)
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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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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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
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12
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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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Book5 uses
Library6 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 cleverness and originality
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Book2 uses
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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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 8
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nimble
3 uses
Then if Bilbo was very nimble, he could slip out just behind them; though it was a dangerous thing to do.
nimble = quick and light on his feet
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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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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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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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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onslaught
3 uses
Some caught hold of the trunks and swung themselves into lower branches, some (like the little hobbit) got behind a tree to shelter from the onslaught of the rocks.
onslaught = powerful attack; or sudden and enormous amount of something that must be handled
DefinitionGenerally onslaught means:
a powerful attack

or:

a sudden and enormous amount of something that must be handled — such as trouble, people or communications
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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prosperous
4 uses
And Lake-town was refounded and was more prosperous than ever, and much wealth went up and down the Running River; and there was friendship in those parts between elves and dwarves and men.
prosperous = financially successful
DefinitionGenerally prosperous means:
successful or good — especially with regard to finances or wealth
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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reconcile
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
reconciled their differences
Let us hope still for something that will bring reconciliation.
reconciliation = reaching agreement (making up instead of fighting)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reconcile means:
to bring into agreement
The exact meaning of reconcile can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "We reconciled our differences and are on friendly terms now." — settled or found a way to accept
  • "They did break up, but they reconciled since then." — made up
  • "I need to reconcile my goals with my abilities." — make compatible
  • "I need to reconcile my checkbook." — get the checkbook numbers and the bank statement to agree
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
they resolved now to win the dominion of the North.
resolved = definitely decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 17
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2  —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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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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treacherous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the road is steep and treacherous
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 this sense of treacherous means:
dangerous — often in a non-obvious way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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wretch
1 use
But just as Bilbo was beginning to hope that the wretch would not be able to answer, Gollum brought up memories of...
wretch = a person of bad character and/or someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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