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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
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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
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 — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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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
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
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Book1 use
Library3 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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eminent
17 uses
The Judge, beyond all question, was a man of eminent respectability.
eminent = standing above others in attainment or reputation
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Book17 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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erudite
1 use
His professional brethren, each for himself, adopted various hypotheses, more or less plausible, but all dressed out in a perplexing mystery of phrase, which, if it do not show a bewilderment of mind in these erudite physicians, certainly causes it in the unlearned peruser of their opinions.
erudite = having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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hereditary
17 uses
it is too fruitful a subject, this of hereditary resemblances,—the frequent recurrence of which, in a direct line, is truly unaccountable, when we consider how large an accumulation of ancestry lies behind every man at the distance of one or two centuries.
hereditary = passed from parent to child
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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
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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 thought there were too many rituals in worship and who stressed hard work above pleasure
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Book30 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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recluse
8 uses
A recluse, like Hepzibah, usually displays remarkable frankness,
recluse = someone who avoids contact with others

(editor's note:  frankness is a synonym for candor — to be direct and honest)
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
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
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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
Library5 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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secluded
17 uses
in that secluded garden-spot
secluded = separated from the presence of others
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Book17 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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transitory
2 uses
He had been startled into manhood and intellectual vigor; or, at least, into a condition that resembled them, though it might be both diseased and transitory.
transitory = lasting a short time
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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
...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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2  —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 trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book17 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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)
DefinitionGenerally venerable means:
respected (worthy of respect) — typically because of age or position
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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
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
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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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