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Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix
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assiduous
1 use
This is the weapon he has been seeking so assiduously since his return:
assiduously = carefully and persistently
DefinitionGenerally assiduous means:
diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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contrast
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
'Out of order, am I?' shouted Seamus, who in contrast with Ron was going pale.
in contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 24
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convey
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
They had, however, given Harry an idea. The problem was going to be conveying it to the others.†
conveying = communicating or expressing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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1st useChapter 35
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desist
1 use
A most peculiar expression stole over Nearly Headless Nick's face as he inserted a finger in the stiff ruff at his neck and tugged it a little straighter, apparently to give himself thinking time. He desisted only when his partially severed neck seemed about to give way completely.
desisted = stopped
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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disdain
3 uses
an arrogant, disdainful smile
disdainful = showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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1st useChapter 6
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efficacious
2 uses
These plants are most efficacious in the inflaming of the brain, and are therefore much used in Confusing and Befuddlement Draughts, where the wizard is desirous of producing hot-headedness and recklessness...
efficacious = effective in producing an intended effect
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1st useChapter 18
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
Harry, we need to establish whether Sirius really has left Headquarters.†
establish = determine (figure out)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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1st useChapter 32
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grindstone
1 use
'They'll be keeping your noses so hard to that grindstone they'll be rubbed raw,' said Fred with satisfaction.
grindstone = a revolving stone shaped like a disk that is used to grind, sharpen or polish

or:

work — as in the expressions "back to the grindstone" (back to work) or "keep your nose to the grindstone" (keep working hard)
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indulgent
4 uses
just because you are Dumbledore's favourite boy, you must not expect the same indulgence from the rest of us...
indulgence = treatment with extra kindness or tolerance
DefinitionGenerally indulgent means:
to treat with extra kindness or tolerance
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1st useChapter 21
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malevolent
7 uses
She scowled as she gulped down her food and every now and then she shot a malevolent glance up the table to where Dumbledore and McGonagall were talking so intently.
malevolent = something of harmful influence
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil:
  • of a person:  wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing:  exerting an evil or harmful influence
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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passage
1 use
Midnight came and went while Harry was reading and rereading a passage about the uses of scurvy-grass, lovage and sneezewort and not taking in a word of it.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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1st useChapter 18
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a perspective of the entire block
"Sorry," he said, "but I never come by train and it all looks rather different from a Muggle perspective."†
perspective = view
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a view — often stressing that the view is different from a view from another location
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1st useChapter 7
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peruse
5 uses
He and the other fifth-years spent a considerable part of the final weekend of the Easter break reading all the careers information that had been left there for their perusal.
perusal = the act of reading or examining
DefinitionGenerally peruse means:
to read or examine
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1st useChapter 16
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servile
1 use
...the house-elf's attitude of creeping servility looked convincing.
servility = excessive submissiveness and eagerness to serve
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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1st useChapter 9
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shrewd
7 uses
Dumbledore's got a shrewd idea,' said Lupin, 'and Dumbledore's shrewd ideas normally turn out to be accurate.'
shrewd = smart
DefinitionGenerally shrewd means:
smart — especially in negotiating with people (may infer underhanded dealings)
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1st useChapter 25
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stagnate
1 use
without progress there will be stagnation and decay.
stagnation = a lack of development
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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sultry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a sultry afternoon
These furious thoughts whirled around in Harry's head, and his insides writhed with anger as a sultry, velvety night fell around him, the air full of the smell of warm, dry grass, and the only sound that of the low grumble of traffic on the road beyond the park railings.
sultry = hot and humid
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supine
1 use
'You!' she shrieked at Dudley, still supine on the alley floor.
supine = lying down face upward
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sycophant
1 use
Malfoy laughed loudly and sycophantically.
sycophantically = in a manner of one overly eager to please someone in authority in order to gain personal advantage
DefinitionGenerally sycophant means:
a person who tries to flatter or please someone in authority in order to gain personal advantage
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1st useChapter 32
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wallow
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
wallow in self-pity
Fools who wear their hearts proudly on their sleeves, who cannot control their emotions, who wallow in sad memories and allow themselves to be provoked so easily — weak people, in other words — they stand no chance against his powers!
wallow = indulge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to indulge in an emotion or situation

(This is often said of something negative such as self-pity when no attempt is made to move beyond it. But it is also sometimes said without connotation just to indicate that someone has a lot of something such as money or luxury.)
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1st useChapter 24
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