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assault
13 uses
The assault on Helm's Deep had begun,
assault = attack
DefinitionGenerally assault means:
to attack someone or something physically or verbally; or to threaten violence
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Book13 uses
Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.5
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benevolent
1 use
His face was long, with a high forehead, he had deep darkling eyes, hard to fathom, though the look that they now bore was grave and benevolent, and a little weary.
benevolent = kind
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.10
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daunt
7 uses
I do not know which daunts me more: Fangorn, or the thought of the long road through Rohan on foot,
daunts = discourages or intimidates
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.5
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descend
14 uses
...a great bird like an eagle high in the air, descending slowly in wide circles down towards the earth.
descending = moving downward
DefinitionGenerally descend means:
move or slope downward

or:

come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor

or:

come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
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Book14 uses
Library33 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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despair
14 uses
There he lay for a while, fighting with despair.
despair = hopelessness
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Book14 uses
Library27 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.3
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discern
3 uses
Good and ill have not changed since yesteryear. ... It is a man's part to discern them,
discern = to notice or understand something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
But so great a claim will need to be established and clear proofs will be required, should this Aragorn ever come to Minas Tirith.†
established = proved
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4.5
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furtive
3 uses
They were speaking low and furtively, but they were near, and coming nearer.
furtively = while taking pains to avoid being heard
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.4
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inevitable
2 uses
It was inevitable that they should make alliance.
inevitable = certain to happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Book2 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3.10
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minuteness
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
But Legolas stood beside him, shading his bright elven-eyes with his long slender hand, and he saw not a shadow, nor a blur, but the small figures of horsemen, many horsemen, and the glint of morning on the tips of their spears was like the twinkle of minute stars beyond the edge of mortal sight.†
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.2
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ominous
6 uses
When day came at last the hobbits were surprised to see how much closer the ominous mountains had already drawn.
ominous = threatening or foreshadowing evil or bad things to come
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
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Book6 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.4
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prudent
1 use
Prudence is one thing, but discourtesy is another.
prudence = sensible care
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.6
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refuge
10 uses
Such a refuge would be to the liking of a dwarf.
refuge = a safe place
DefinitionGenerally refuge means:
something giving protection — especially a safe place
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Book10 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.6
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revere
3 uses
He had noted that Faramir seemed to refer to Elves with reverence,
reverence = deep respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book3 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4.5
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solemn
12 uses
These deep eyes were now surveying them, slow and solemn,
solemn = very seriously
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
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Book12 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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sullen
10 uses
But the name of Aragorn had put Gollum into a sullen mood.
sullen = gloomy or bad
DefinitionGenerally sullen means:
showing a gloomy or bad mood — often by not interacting with others in a friendly way
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Book10 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.6
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summon
9 uses
He has no Stone to see with, and cannot answer the summons.
summons = call (to come)
DefinitionGenerally summon means:
to call forth
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Book9 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.6
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treacherous
9 uses
"The treacherous are ever distrustful," answered Gandalf wearily.
treacherous = those likely to betray
DefinitionGenerally treacherous means:
dangerous

or:

likely to betray; or guilty of betrayal
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3.3
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treachery
9 uses
How far back his treachery goes, who can guess?
treachery = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treachery means:
the behavior of someone who pretends to be a friend and then tricks, cheats, or betrays
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.4
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wretched
8 uses
"Yes, wretched we are, precious," he whined.
wretched = unfortunate and miserable
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad, in various senses such as:
  • unfortunate or miserable
  • of poor quality
  • morally bad
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Book8 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.9
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