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The Return of the King

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amble
1 use
You thought you had done very well out of it all, and could now just amble back and have a nice quiet time in the country.
amble = walk leisurely
DefinitionGenerally amble means:
to walk leisurely or slowly
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.8
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assault
18 uses
It is clear to me that the Enemy has long planned an assault on us,
assault = attack
DefinitionGenerally assault means:
to attack someone or something physically or verbally; or to threaten violence
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.8
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daunt
2 uses
Do not believe him! He has lost all power, save his voice that can still daunt you and deceive you, if you let it.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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deemed
17 uses
I feared not the shadows of Men, powerless and frail as I deemed them.
deemed = believed
DefinitionGenerally deemed means:
believed or judged
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Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.7
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discern
1 use
It drew now to evening by the hour, and the light was so dim that even far-sighted men upon the Citadel could discern little clearly out upon the fields,
discern = see (something hard to see)
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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disdain
1 use
Pride would be folly that disdained help and counsel at need;
disdained = rejected as not good enough
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5.1
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dubious
2 uses
...said Butterbur, looking even more dubious.
dubious = doubtful
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."
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5.1
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
But it is told that he was a renegade, who came of the race of those that are named the Black Numenoreans; for they established their dwellings in Middle-earth during the years of Sauron's domination, and they worshipped him, being enamoured of evil knowledge.†
established = set
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5.10
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glimmer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
glimmering lights
It was evening, and the stars were glimmering in the eastern sky
glimmering = dimly shining or twinkling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of glimmer means:
a dim, wavering, or reflected light
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.9
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hew
13 uses
At least his hand still clasped the Red Arrow, but his head was hewn off.
hewn = cut
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hew means:
cut or roughly shape as with an axe
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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obscure
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
it obscured my view
The sinking moon was obscured by a great sailing cloud, but suddenly it rode out clear again.
obscured = made less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5.1
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ominous
6 uses
All was ominously quiet.
ominously = threatening or foreshadowing bad things to come
DefinitionGenerally ominous means:
threatening (suggestive of, or foreshadowing bad things to come)
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.3
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prudent
2 uses
You have only a choice of evils; and prudence would counsel you to...
prudence = sensible caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.9
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resolute
2 uses
Less reckless and eager than Boromir, but not less resolute.
resolute = firm in purpose
DefinitionGenerally resolute means:
firm in purpose or belief
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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revere
2 uses
Then Treebeard said farewell to each of them in turn, and he bowed three times slowly and with great reverence to Celeborn and Galadriel.
reverence = respect
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6.5
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ruinous
7 uses
Partly ruinous it seemed, but already before the night was passed the sound of hurried labour could be heard: beat of hammers, clink of trowels, and the creak of wheels.†
ruinous = catastrophic or extremely harmful; or badly damaged or decayed (like ancient ruins)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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squander
2 uses
He would have remembered his father's need, and would not have squandered what fortune gave.
squandered = wasted
DefinitionGenerally squander means:
to waste — money, resources, or opportunities
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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summon
20 uses
The king summoned the captains to council.
summoned = called (to come)
DefinitionGenerally summon means:
to call forth
The exact meaning of summon can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "summon to court" — officially demand that someone appear in court (call them to court)
  • "summon the team to a meeting" — call upon the team members to attend a meeting
  • "summon help" — call others to come and help
  • "summon her courage" — call forth her courage from within
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library35 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.3
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valor
12 uses
the shadows closed on men again, and their hearts went cold, and the valour of Gondor withered into ash.
valour = exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use valor.)
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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vigilant
7 uses
Be vigilant!
vigilant = carefully observant or attentive — to danger
DefinitionGenerally vigilant means:
carefully observant or attentive — often to possible danger
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.1
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