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allude
2 uses
no songs had alluded to him even in the obscurest way
alluded = indirectly referred
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
Great floods and rains had swollen the waters that flowed east; and there had been an earthquake or two (which some were inclined to attribute to the dragon)...
attribute = credit (point to as the cause of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something) — such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else
  • to indicate the source of an idea or quotation
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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comely
1 use
You are more worthy to wear the armour of elf-princes than many that have looked more comely in it.
comely = attractive
DefinitionGenerally comely means:
attractive — especially of a woman
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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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
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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correspond
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
For example, the text on pages 32 and 62 now corresponds exactly with the runes on Thror's Map.†
corresponds = matches
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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cunning
7 uses
In the silence they feared some cunning devilry of his, but they could not sit there for ever.
cunning = cleverness and deception
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
these are birds that dwell always in the land;
dwell = live (make their home)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15
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2  —3 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
Morning passed, afternoon came; but in all the silent waste there was no sign of any dwelling.
dwelling = a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15
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enmity
1 use
The Elvenking was very powerful in those parts and the Master wished for no enmity with him,
enmity = hatred between enemies
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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forbearance
1 use
It was rightly guessed that I could not forbear to redeem the Arkenstone, the treasure of my house.
forbear = refrain (hold back)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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hoard
15 uses
If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world.
hoarded = gathered stores of
DefinitionGenerally hoard means:
to gather something valuable and store it; or a collection of such things
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
they were inclined to be grumpy
inclined = in the mood (or had a tendency)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 13
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
at the bottom of a short incline
incline = angle or slope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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mirth
3 uses
Then Bilbo longed to escape from the dark fortress and to go down and join in the mirth and feasting by the fires.
mirth = fun and laughter
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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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
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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plunder
8 uses
Dragons steal gold and jewels, you know, from men and elves and dwarves, wherever they can find them; and they guard their plunder as long as they live
plunder = stolen goods
DefinitionGenerally plunder means:
to steal — often after conquering the location with the goods

or:

the goods stolen
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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resolve
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
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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?  —1 use
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
wrath
9 uses
Long he had hunted in vain till the dawn chilled his wrath...
wrath = intense anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger — sometimes implying angry punishment
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Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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wretched
9 uses
Why, O why did I ever bring a wretched little hobbit on a treasure hunt!
wretched = miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad, in various senses such as:
  • unfortunate or miserable
  • of poor quality
  • morally bad
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Book9 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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