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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
And, in accordance with his words, he began to laugh,
accordance = keeping (or in agreement with)
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
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Book20 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —3 uses as in:
done of her own accord
Phoebe felt very much in the mood of running up to Judge Pyncheon, and giving him, of her own accord, the kiss from which she had so recently shrunk away.
own accord = voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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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
During the remainder of the day, poor Hepzibah acquitted herself even less creditably, as a shop-keeper, than in her earlier efforts.†
acquitted = handled (conducted or behaved)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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benevolent
13 uses
answered the Judge, smiling benevolently.
benevolently = with kindness
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book13 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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calamity
14 uses
She seems to think that all the calamities of the Pyncheons began from that quarrel with the wizard,
calamities = disastrous events
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
both the frown and the smile passed successively over his countenance.
countenance = face or facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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edifice
17 uses
It gave beauty to the old edifice, and seemed to make it a part of nature.
edifice = building
DefinitionGenerally edifice means:
a building — especially a large one

or:

a conceptual or organizational framework
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Book17 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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melancholy
25 uses
a note of sweet and melancholy music
melancholy = sad
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book25 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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perplex
13 uses
Phoebe loved no riddles, and would have been glad to escape the perplexity of this one.
perplexity = confusion due to complexity
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book13 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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precede
16 uses
one of the hens, had laid an egg the preceding day.
preceding = prior (the day that came before this)
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book16 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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Puritans
30 uses
At length she paused before the portrait of the stern old Puritan, her ancestor, and the founder of the house.
Puritan = one of the Protestants who in the 16th and 17th centuries thought there were too many rituals 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.)
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Book30 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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rectify
2 uses
If so, we are left to dispose of the awful query, whether each inheritor of the property—conscious of wrong, and failing to rectify it—did not commit anew the great guilt of his ancestor, and incur all its original responsibilities.
rectify = correct (make it right)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
He was quite ashamed ... to propose any diminution of so moderate a recompense for the immense service to be rendered.
rendered = given

(editor's note:  This might be paraphrased as "He was ashamed to propose decreasing already modest payment for the large service to be given.")
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
The importance of the document in question renders it advisable to neglect no possible, even if improbable, method of regaining it.
renders = makes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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sagacious
6 uses
As for the bargain, it was wrinkled slyness and craft pitted against native truth and sagacity.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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trifle   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 19 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
a trifling matter
and happened to raise her skirt a trifle too high above her ankles
trifle = little (a small amount)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book17 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —2 uses as in:
trifle with her affections
...asked Phoebe, with impatient surprise that Holgrave should so trifle with her at such a moment.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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venerable
18 uses
the exterior, through the lapse of years, might have been adding venerableness to its original beauty, and thus giving that impression of permanence which I consider essential to the happiness of any one moment.
venerableness = worthiness of respect and admiration (coming from age)

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
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
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wrought   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
wrought iron
a finely wrought gold chain
wrought = worked
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
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2  —1 use as in:
the damage she has wrought
And it was in this hour, so full of doubt and awe, that the one miracle was wrought,
wrought = caused
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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