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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

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bestow
13 uses
If God has bestowed beauty upon her, it will prove her greatest curse.
bestowed = given as a gift
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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compel
16 uses
They are constantly compelled to resort to it.
compelled = forced
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
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Book16 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 12 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
I was an object of her jealousy, and, consequently, of her hatred;
consequently = as a result
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book11 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 5
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
Had my children, then, become of so little consequence to him?
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 24
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
I intend to be a good mother, and to live in such a manner that people cannot treat me with contempt.
contempt = a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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eulogy
1 use
It was written by one of his friends, and contained these words: "Now that death has laid him low, they call him a good man and a useful citizen; but what are eulogies to the black man, when the world has faded from his vision?"
eulogies = formal expressions of praise
DefinitionGenerally eulogy means:
a formal expression of praise — typically a speech given at someone's funeral
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 41
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forbearance
6 uses
He boasted much of the forbearance he had exercised towards me, and reminded me that there was a limit to his patience.
forbearance = tolerance
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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fugitive
15 uses
Mrs. Bruce did not know I was a fugitive.
fugitive = someone who is running away or hiding to avoid arrest or an unpleasant situation
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Book15 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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manifest
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
manifest destiny
every where I found the same manifestations of that cruel prejudice
manifestations = demonstrations (things made obvious from)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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oblige
19 uses
1  —19 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
The woman could not read, and was obliged to employ another to read the letter.
obliged = required
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Book19 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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oppress   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
oppressive government
It is the only weapon of the weak and oppressed against the strength of their tyrants.
oppressed = people treated harshly and unfairly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oppress means:
to dominate harshly and unfairly; or to make suffer
The meaning of oppress depends upon its context. For example:
  • "The authorities oppress political activists," or "The new nation oppressed Native Americans." — to dominate harshly and unfairly
  • "She is oppressed by excessive debt." - made to suffer
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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2  —1 use as in:
oppressive heat
I did not mention the constant feeling of insecurity which oppressed my spirits.
oppressed = made uncomfortable (weighed heavily on)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oppress means:
to make uncomfortable (weigh heavily on the senses or spirit)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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persecution
22 uses
He, whose persecutions had been the cause of my sin!
persecutions = unfair treatment (in this case due to race)
DefinitionGenerally persecution means:
very bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
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Book22 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 10
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pious
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
I knew an old black man, whose piety and childlike trust in God were beautiful to witness
piety = highly religious belief or behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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prudent
7 uses
He was too prudent to come into her room.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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remonstrate
4 uses
Peter remonstrated earnestly.
remonstrated = argued in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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render   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
They had all been kind to us, and they had rendered us a greater service than they could possibly conceive of.
rendered = 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 31
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
My owner knew of it, and sought in every way to render me miserable.
render = make
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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resolve
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
I had resolved that I would be virtuous, though I was a slave.
resolved = definitely decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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