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The Return of the King

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dismay
15 uses
Don't be dismayed. I have a solution.
dismayed = sad, disappointed, or worried
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5.4
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
The creature dwells in the forest.
dwells = lives in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6.5
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2  —3 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
There is a second dwelling unit on the property.
dwelling = home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.10
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endure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
I endured insult and injury without complaint.
endured = suffered through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.2
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2  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
She is gone, but her teachings endure through the ages.
endure = continue to exist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.9
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enmity
3 uses
The war has deepened tribal enmity.
enmity = hatred between enemies
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.7
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forbearance
1 use
She recommended regulatory forbearance while the banks repair their balance sheets.
forbearance = refraining (holding back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.1
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grave
5 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.1
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grievous
12 uses
She suffered grievous bodily harm.
grievous = very serious; or very bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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heed
22 uses
Heed the advice of the old women.
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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herald   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
heralds the coming of...
Her appointment would herald a new emphasis on the environment.
herald = be a sign of
DefinitionGenerally this sense of herald means:
a sign that something will happen — especially something important and good

or:

announce or welcome — especially with enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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2  —1 use as in:
announced by herald & trumpet
The herald loudly proclaimed, "The King is dead. Long live the King."
herald = official who announces important news
DefinitionGenerally this sense of herald means:
a person who announces important news — especially a king's representative
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.10
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hideous
19 uses
The beast had hideous fangs.
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
Web Links
malicious
13 uses
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5.4
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sheer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
sheer fun
She got the job through sheer persistence.
sheer = pure (completely by)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6.4
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2  —1 use as in:
a sheer cliff
Be careful on that road. There is a sheer drop-off on the right.
sheer = so steep it is almost vertical
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.2
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waver
14 uses
Through good times and bad her love for him has never wavered.
wavered = faltered (stopped being strong)
DefinitionGenerally waver means:
to move back and forth (shake or quiver)

or:

to change, be unsure, or weak
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.1
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wither
17 uses
The grapes withered on the vine.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled as they dried out)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.7
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wrath
20 uses
She could hardly contain her wrath when she learned he had betrayed her.
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.8
Web Links
wrought
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
wrought iron
The windows have decorative wrought iron bars for security.
wrought = worked or crafted
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
worked — as when iron is shaped to fit by bending or beating
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.6
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