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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
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.7
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dismay
15 uses
...suddenly a look of dismay came over his face.
dismay = worry
DefinitionGenerally dismay means:
to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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.
let us dwell in fair Ithilien and there make a garden.
dwell = live (make our homes)
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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6.5
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2  —3 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
they established their dwellings in Middle-earth
dwellings = homes
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
He stumbled on until he was crawling like a beast on the ground and felt that he could endure no more:
endure = suffer through (or put up with something difficult)
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
1st useChapter 5.2
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2  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
But men are better than gates, and no gate will endure against our Enemy if men desert it.
endure = continue to exist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.9
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enmity
3 uses
Ill deeds have been done here; but let now all enmity that lies between you be put away, for it was contrived by the Enemy and works his will.
enmity = hatred between enemies
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.7
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forbearance
1 use
to forbear the Ring
forbear = refrain (hold back) from taking it
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 6.1
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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
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.9
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heed
19 uses
And still Meriadoc the hobbit stood there blinking through his tears and no one spoke to him, indeed none seemed to heed him.
heed = pay attention to
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library8 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...
At least he should come unheralded by us.
unheralded = unannounced

(editor's note:  The prefix un- reverses the meaning of the root word.)
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
Then Aragorn set trumpeters at each of the four roads that ran into the ring of trees, and they blew a great fanfare, and the heralds cried aloud...
heralds = people who announce important news — especially a king's representatives
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 monstrous Watchers sat there cold and still, revealed in all their hideous shape.
hideous = ugly and frightening
DefinitionGenerally hideous means:
extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.1
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malicious
13 uses
A wild light flamed in his eyes, but his malice was no longer matched by his old griping strength. Frodo flung him off and rose up quivering.
malice = desire to see others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library9 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
And when Sam heard that he laughed aloud for sheer delight,
sheer = complete — without restriction
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
complete or pure — without restriction,  qualification, or other elements (used for emphasis)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.4
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2  —1 use as in:
a sheer cliff
...and beyond, going steeply down, was a road between sheer cliffs, knife-edged against the sky far above.
sheer = so steep as to be almost vertical
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sheer means:
so steep it is almost vertical
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.2
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wield
17 uses
I can ride and wield blade, and I do not fear either pain or death.
wield = use
DefinitionGenerally wield means:
to have or use — such as
  • to wield an ax — to hold or use an ax (especially to handle it well)
  • to wield power or influence — to have or exercise power or influence
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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wither
16 uses
...hope seemed to wither.
wither = become weaker
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.7
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wrath
20 uses
His fear of the orcs, forgotten for a while in his wrath...
wrath = intense anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger — sometimes implying angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.8
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wrought
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
wrought iron
Then Eowyn gave to Merry an ancient horn, small but cunningly wrought all of fair silver
wrought = worked (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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