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Harry Potter (#7) and the Deathly Hallows

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

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assuage
3 uses
Harry felt that nothing but action would assuage his feelings of guilt and grief
assuage = soothe
DefinitionGenerally assuage means:
to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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capacious
1 use
Opening it, she proceeded to force the painting inside and despite the fact that it was patently too large to fit inside the tiny bag, within a few seconds it had vanished, like so much ease, into the bag's capacious depths.
capacious = large in capacity
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
This was in contrast the only Wizarding photograph on the walls which was a picture of four Hogwarts students standing arm in arm, laughing at the camera.
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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
They had descended two more floors when another set of quiet joined theirs.
descended = moved downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
...leaving the eyeless dementors to glide amongst the Muggles who might not be able to see them, but would assuredly feel the despair they cast wherever they went.
despair = hopelessness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
the screams and bangs and all the discordant sounds of the battle
discordant = unpleasant (sounds)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 32
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distend
1 use
As Scabior said it, Harry's scar, which was stretched tight across his distended forehead, burned savagely.
distended = extended or swollen
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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dogmatic
1 use
  "I recognize the grooved markings around the base, that's an Erumpent horn and it's incredibly dangerous - I don't know where you got it-"
  "I bought it," said Xenophilius dogmatically.
dogmatically = insisting what she says is the absolute truth
DefinitionGenerally dogmatic means:
prone to stating opinions as absolute truth
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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immaterial
1 use
That is immaterial!
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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Monsieur
11 uses
Mr. and Mrs. Weasley were now sleeping in the sitting room, having shouted down Monsieur and Madame Delacour's protests
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)

(editor's note:  And Madame is the French way to address a female.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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obligatory
1 use
It's a change, because it was never obligatory before.
obligatory = required
DefinitionGenerally obligatory means:
required (by rule, law, or expectation)
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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perfidy
1 use
In spite of my perfidy, she was desperate to see me one more time.
perfidy = deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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perspective
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Keep it in perspective
That really puts our sufferings into perspective, doesn't it?†
perspective = a sensible view of a situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perspective means:
a sensible view of a situation that considers its different parts in a balanced way
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19
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reflect   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 11 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
reflect in the mirror
Harry sat up and examined the jagged piece on which he had cut himself, seeing nothing but his own bright green eye reflected back at him.
reflected = shown (back)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
show an image back (on a mirror or other shiny surface)
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Book7 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —2 uses as in:
reflect American Values
Harry looked at Ron and Hermione; their expressions reflected the mingled shock and gratitude he felt.
reflected = expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
to show something — such as to demonstrate, express, or represent
The exact meaning of this sense of reflect depends upon its context. For example:
  • "She says the immorality in the movie reflects American values." — expresses or represents
  • "It reflects the selfishness she had seen growing for years." — demonstrates
  • "She did not reflect the panic that surrounded her." — demonstrate or show indication of
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 11
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3  —2 uses as in:
reflect the light/heat/sound
the landscape seemed to grow larger and more detailed as he squinted over the side of the dragon, and he wondered whether it had divined the presence of fresh water by the flashes of reflected sunlight.
reflected = bounced back
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reflect means:
bounce back (rather than absorbing)
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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remorse
10 uses
When he saw what he had done, he was overcome with remorse.
remorse = a feeling of deep regret
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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sanguine
1 use
Harry, who did not feel as sanguine as he had pretended when reassuring Hermione, was glad to reach the gate and the slippery pavement.
sanguine = confidently optimistic and cheerful
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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serpent
11 uses
Voldemort swept from the room without a backward glance, and the great serpent floated after him
serpent = snake
DefinitionGenerally serpent means:
a snake
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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venerate
1 use
He venerated Snape, the first Slytherin headmaster since he himself had controlled the school,
venerated = respected
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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