toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

Harry Potter (#5) and the Order of the Phoenix

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

instructions
contempt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Snape looked back at him for a moment and then said contemptuously, "Surely even you could have worked that out by now, Potter?"
contemptuously = disrespectfully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 24
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 35
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
Web Links
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)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 32
Web Links
grindstone
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
back to the grindstone
'So you've got your exams coming up, haven't you? They'll be keeping your noses so hard to that grindstone they'll be rubbed raw,' said Fred with satisfaction.
grindstone = hard work (figuratively referring to working hard with a large stone used to grind, sharpen, or polish)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grindstone means:
hard work
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
Web Links
inquisitor
31 uses
'"I think the appointment of the Inquisitor is a first step towards ensuring that Hogwarts has a headmaster in whom we can all repose our confidence," said a Ministry insider last night.'
inquisitor = an investigator (with the implication that questioning will be excessively harsh)
DefinitionGenerally inquisitor means:
a questioner who is excessively harsh

or:

an officer of the Inquisition
Word Statistics
Book31 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
lockjaw
1 use
But unfortunately' she said, with an attempt at a reciprocal smile that made her look as though she had lockjaw, 'it is what I think that counts, as they are in my House, Dolores.'
lockjaw = a spasm of the jaw muscles so that the jaw remains tightly closed — caused by a bacterial infection
DefinitionGenerally lockjaw means:
a bacterial infection typically contracted through a puncture wound with a dirty object; causes a spasm of the jaw muscles so that the jaw remains tightly closed; prevented by the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine and by subsequent booster shots every 10 years
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 18
Web Links
prominent   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
a prominent politician
And then, beneath a nice big photograph of you, "Disturbed teenage survivor of You-Know-Who's attack, Harry Potter, 15, caused outrage yesterday by accusing respectable and prominent members of the wizarding community of being Death Eaters ..."†
prominent = well-known or important
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
well-known or important — especially of a person who is respected
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
Web Links
2  —2 uses as in:
a prominent jaw
In the very centre of the group Harry saw the dark, greasy-haired head and prominent nose of his least favourite teacher at Hogwarts, Professor Snape.
prominent = protruding (sticking out and easily noticed)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of prominent means:
sticking out and easily noticed
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
remonstrate
1 use
Indeed, Professor McGonagall sank back into her chair at the staff table after a few feeble remonstrances and...
remonstrances = arguments in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 38
Web Links
resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
"If you resign," said Harry testily, "there'll only be three players left on the team."
resign = quit (the team)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 19
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
Resigned to the worst, he set off for Snape's office after dinner.
resigned = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 28
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
Web Links
stagnate
1 use
without progress there will be stagnation and decay.
stagnation = a lack of development

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
Web Links
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
supercilious
2 uses
'Enough, enough!' said Fudge, with a very supercilious look on his face.
supercilious = arrogant (as though other opinions didn't matter)
DefinitionGenerally supercilious means:
arrogant (acting as if better, more important, and superior in ideas than others)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
Web Links
taciturn
1 use
As the date of their departure back to Hogwarts drew nearer, he became more and more prone to what Mrs. Weasley called 'fits of the sullens', in which he would become taciturn and grumpy, often withdrawing to Buckbeak's room for hours at a time.
taciturn = reserved and uncommunicative
DefinitionGenerally taciturn means:
with a tendency to be reserved and not to talk
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
Web Links
Go to Book Menu
Take Pre-Reading Quiz
† 
Sample usage followed by this mark was not checked by an editor. Please let us know if you spot a problem.
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.