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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 23 uses
1  —20 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —3 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
Although they did not win, the team acquitted itself well and we were proud to have them represent us.
acquitted = handled (itself in a specified way)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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benevolent
13 uses
They called themselves The Benevolent Association because their mission was to help others.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
Web Links
calamity
14 uses
The whole country was affected by the calamity of 9/11.
calamity = disastrous event
DefinitionGenerally calamity means:
a disastrous event; or the distress resulting from it
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Book14 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
She has a pleasant countenance.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
edifice
17 uses
The corporation was housed in an imposing edifice.
edifice = a building — especially a large one
DefinitionGenerally edifice means:
a building — especially a large one

or:

a conceptual or organizational framework
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
melancholy
25 uses
Since her dog died she's been in a melancholy mood.
melancholy = very sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
perplex
13 uses
She was perplexed by the rules of the game.
perplexed = confused
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
precede
16 uses
Stone tools preceded bronze tools.
preceded = were before in time
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
Puritans
30 uses
The Pilgrims who we remember on Thanksgiving were Puritans.
Puritans = English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries wanted more purity and less ritual in worship, and who stressed hard work above pleasure
DefinitionGenerally Puritans means:
English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries wanted more purity and less ritual in worship, and who stressed hard work above pleasure

(a Protestant is any of the Western Christian religious denominations that broke off from the Catholic Church. In the US, the bets known are Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, and Episcopalians.)
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
rectify
2 uses
I am doing what I can to rectify the error.
rectify = correct, fix, or make right
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
Web Links
render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
We're waiting for the jury to render a verdict.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
Web Links
sagacious
6 uses
She is a smart and sagacious statesman.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
trifle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 19 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
a trifling matter
We all agree with the goal, but how to achieve it is not a trifling matter.
trifling = small (of little importance)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —2 uses as in:
trifle with her affections
She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
Web Links
venerable
18 uses
They looked to the venerable old woman for advice.
venerable = respected
DefinitionGenerally venerable means:
respected (worthy of respect) — typically because of age or position
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 21
Web Links
wrought   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
wrought iron
The windows have decorative wrought iron bars for security.
wrought = worked or 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 18
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
the damage she has wrought
The town still hasn't recovered from the damage wrought by the hurricane.
wrought = caused (made to happen)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
caused to happen or occurred as a consequence
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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