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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
Library3 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)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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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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benefactor
1 use
He has tonight earned an eminent place in the roll of the benefactors of our town; and he is worthy of many imperishable songs.
benefactors = helpers or supporters
DefinitionGenerally benefactor means:
someone who helps a person or organization — especially financially
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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cunning
1 use
In the silence they feared some cunning devilry of his, but they could not sit there for ever.
cunning = cleverness and deception
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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desolate
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
a desolate place
all the land was desolate and empty.
desolate = empty, providing no shelter or sustenance
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Book6 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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despair
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
she felt despair
All at once there came a bloodcurdling shriek, filled with hatred and despair. Gollum was defeated. He dared go no further.
despair = hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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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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Library8 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
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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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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1st useChapter 17
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hoard
16 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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Book16 uses
Library5 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, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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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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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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plunder
9 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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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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tumult
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
tumult in financial markets
He just managed to catch hold of Dori's legs, as Dori was borne off last of all; and they went together above the tumult and the burning, Bilbo swinging in the air with his arms nearly breaking.
tumult = disorderly situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
confusion or disorder — often noisy
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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venerable
1 use
He was as noble and as fair in face as an elf-lord, as strong as a warrior, as wise as a wizard, as venerable as a king of dwarves, and as kind as summer.
venerable = respected (worthy of respect)
DefinitionGenerally venerable means:
respected (worthy of respect) — typically because of age or position
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1st useChapter 3
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wrath
9 uses
Long he had hunted in vain till the dawn chilled his wrath...
wrath = intense anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet."
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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