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The House of the Seven Gables
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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 with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —3 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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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
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eminent
17 uses
She is an eminent scholar.
eminent = standing above others in attainment or reputation
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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erudite
1 use
She is an erudite professor.
erudite = having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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hereditary
17 uses
It is hereditary, but fortunately not contagious.
hereditary = passed from parent to child
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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Puritans
30 uses
The Pilgrims who we remember on Thanksgiving were Puritans.
Puritans = English Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries thought there were too many rituals in worship and who stressed hard work above pleasure
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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recluse
8 uses
She lives an unsocial reclusive life.
reclusive = withdrawn from society (avoiding contact with others)
DefinitionGenerally recluse means:
someone withdrawn from society (living alone and avoiding contact)
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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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
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Her verbal attack rendered me speechless.
rendered = made (caused to become)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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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
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secluded
17 uses
She has been secluded in her bedroom since receiving the information.
secluded = separated from the presence of others
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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transitory
2 uses
Do not be concerned about mild, transitory symptoms.
transitory = lasting a short time
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 19 uses
1  —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
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2  —17 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
trifling = things of little importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
venerable
18 uses
They looked to the venerable old woman for advice.
venerable = respected (worthy of respect) — typically because of age or position
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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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 — 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 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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