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The Return of the King

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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
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.
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)
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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
they established their dwellings in Middle-earth
dwellings = homes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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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
SAT®*top 1000
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
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
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
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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Book3 uses
Library1 use 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
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.1
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grave
5 uses
...in the Houses of Healing, where only the gravely hurt or sick are tended.
gravely = seriously
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
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Book5 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.1
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grievous
12 uses
But Sam was now sorrowful at heart, and it seemed to him that if the parting would be bitter, more grievous still would be the long road home alone.
grievous = terrible (causing grief)
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.4
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heed
22 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
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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...
At least he should come unheralded by us.
unheralded = unannounced

(editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unheralded means not and reverses the meaning of heralded. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
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
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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
Library10 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
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
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
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
...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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.2
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waver
14 uses
They had gone some miles, and the road was at last running down a long slope into the plain, when Frodo's strength began to give out and his will wavered.
wavered = weakened
DefinitionGenerally waver means:
to move back and forth (shake or quiver)

or:

to change, be unsure, or weak
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Book14 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.1
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wither
17 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
Book17 uses
Library12 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 or angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library9 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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