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Murder On The Orient Express

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accommodate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
hotel accommodations
I will get you a ticket to London and reserve your sleeping-car accommodation in the Stamboul-Calais coach.
accommodation = space
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accommodations means:
space or lodgings — such as a hotel room or office space
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amiable
11 uses
Very nice, very amiable.
amiable = friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
By contrast the noises on the train seemed unusually loud.
by 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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1st useChapter 1.5
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2  —1 use as in:
it is a contrast
Poirot's methods with Hildegarde Schmidt were a complete contrast to his handling of Mary Debenham.†
contrast = something notably different compared (to something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
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1st useChapter 2.12
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convey
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
That was exactly the impression intended to be conveyed.†
conveyed = communicated or expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.12
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corroborate
1 use
And there is also another corroborating statement which you may not have noticed.
corroborating = supporting
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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1st useChapter 2.13
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deference
2 uses
Then came voices—the conductor's, deferential, apologetic; and a woman's, insistent and voluble.
deferential = polite and respectful
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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1st useChapter 1.5
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deprecate
2 uses
  "And it was his murderer speaking!" finished M. Bouc impressively.
  Poirot raised a deprecating hand. "Let us not go too fast."
deprecating = disapproving
DefinitionGenerally deprecate means:
to diminish or treat something as unimportant or of low quality; or to express disapproval
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1st useChapter 2.3
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direct   (5 meanings)
5 meanings, 20 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
Princess Dragomiroff was looking at Poirot with a very direct glance.†
direct = focused (where stated)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book5 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.13
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2  —4 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
An indirect victim, you might say.†
indirect = not straightforward (incidental or unintended)

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indirect means not and reverses the meaning of direct. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3.4
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3  —1 use as in:
directed her question to
There must be on the train someone so intimately connected with the Armstrong family that the finding of that note would immediately direct suspicion upon that person.†
direct = focus
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
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1st useChapter 3.3
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4  —3 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
I directed the conductor to make up my bed whilst I was in the dining-car.†
directed = instructed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.2
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5  —7 uses as in:
directed the movie
"You are a director of the company, M. Bouc," he said.†
director = a member of a board that oversees the affairs of a corporation or other institution

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
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Book7 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Either it was done by the murderer to establish an alibi, and afterwards, when he meant to leave the compartment, he was prevented by hearing people moving about; or...†
establish = create
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3.2
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2  —2 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
So I try to establish first that there really is such a flesh-and-blood person.†
establish = determine (figure out)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.13
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hypothesis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
We have here a hypothesis of the First and the Second Murderer, as the great Shakespeare would put it.†
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, explanation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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1st useChapter 1.7
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Monsieur
187 uses
Good evening, Monsieur. Your compartment is the No. 1.
Monsieur = sir (in French — a polite way to address a male)
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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Book187 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.6
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phenomenon
1 use
"A phenomenon I have seldom seen," he said cheerfully. "A Wagon Lit conductor himself puts up the luggage!"†
phenomenon = something seen that is of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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1st useChapter 1.2
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reproach
4 uses
Poirot cast on him a look of reproach.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2.12
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yield
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The examination of the luggage of the big Italian and of the valet yielded no result.†
yielded = produced
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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1st useChapter 2.15
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