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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
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ameliorate
1 use
Schools were established among them, and benevolent societies were active in efforts to ameliorate their condition.
ameliorate = to improve — especially a bad situation
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1st useChapter 37
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benevolent
2 uses
a benevolent gentleman in many respects, but aristocratic and pro-slavery.
benevolent = kind or generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 37
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 8 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrary to
I asked him if he didn't know it was contrary to law; and that slaves were whipped and imprisoned for teaching each other to read.
contrary to = in opposition to
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1st useChapter 13
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2  —5 uses as in:
on the contrary
I was doing harm to no one; on the contrary, I was doing all the good I could in my small way; yet I could never go out to breathe God's free air without trepidation at my heart.
on the contrary = in opposition to what was just said
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1st useChapter 21
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3  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
Meantime, we would take it for granted that all were friends, till they proved to the contrary.
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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1st useChapter 31
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convey
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
convey title to the property
I accepted the explanation in silence; but she had told me that my child belonged to her daughter, and I suspected that her real motive was a fear of my conveying her property away from her.†
conveying = transferring (legal ownership of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
to give or transfer — especially legal title
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1st useChapter 33
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depravity
1 use
O, the depravity of your hearts!
depravity = complete immorality or evilness
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1st useChapter 13
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diligent
2 uses
I would sit by her side for hours, sewing diligently,
diligently = with hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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1st useChapter 1
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earnest
19 uses
He had a most earnest desire to learn to read.
earnest = serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Library20 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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epicure
1 use
Dr. Flint was an epicure.
epicure = a person devoted to a refined taste for food
DefinitionGenerally epicure means:
a person who loves fine food and drink
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1st useChapter 2
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Schools were established among them, and benevolent societies were active in efforts to ameliorate their condition.†
established = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 8
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incessant
3 uses
she looked sorrowful and weary—weary of incessant strife.
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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inquire
31 uses
The anti-slavery friend had come to inquire into my plans, and to offer assistance, if needed.
inquire = ask about or look into something
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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malevolent
1 use
They were the objects of her constant suspicion and malevolence.
malevolence = the desire to do evil or to hurt others
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil:
  • of a person:  wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing:  exerting an evil or harmful influence
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1st useChapter 6
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perpetrator
1 use
There was a jail and a whipping post on his grounds; and whatever cruelties were perpetrated there, they passed without comment.
perpetrated = done [things wrong or illegal]
DefinitionGenerally perpetrator means:
someone who has does something wrong — usually something illegal
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1st useChapter 9
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pious
8 uses
I knew an old black man, whose piety and childlike trust in God were beautiful to witness
piety = highly religious belief or behavior
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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1st useChapter 4
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prudent
9 uses
He was too prudent to come into her room.
prudent = sensible and careful
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1st useChapter 30
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scrupulous
2 uses
He was scrupulous about taking any money from his master
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
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1st useChapter 6
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trepidation
1 use
I could never go out to breathe God's free air without trepidation at my heart.
trepidation = fear or anxiety about what might happen
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
fear or anxiety about what will happen
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1st useChapter 41
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wretch
4 uses
Don't you stir a step, you little wretch!
wretch = a person of bad character
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
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1st useChapter 8
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