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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 72 uses
1  —71 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping with; or agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
Word Statistics
Book71 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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brethren
48 uses
The problem with the Fannie Mae and its GSE brethren is...
brethren = brothers or members of the same group — especially members of a religious order
Word Statistics
Book48 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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chivalry
43 uses
Don Quixote was chivalrous, but delusional.
chivalrous = practiced the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak
DefinitionGenerally chivalry means:
courtesy — especially towards women

or:

the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak
Word Statistics
Book43 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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endeavor
31 uses
I endeavored to get both sides to agree to a compromise.
endeavored = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
Word Statistics
Book31 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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establish
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useIntr.
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grave
13 uses
Her smile disappeared as she suddenly realized the gravity of her situation.
gravity = seriousness or importance (weightiness)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pictures of flooding help to illustrate the problem of global warming.
illustrate = make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useDed.
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Knights Templar
229 uses
The Knights Templar were the first significant international bankers.
Knights Templar = an order of medieval knights that existed for two centuries after the First Crusade and who helped to protect Jerusalem and European pilgrims to Jerusalem when it was under Christian control
DefinitionGenerally Knights Templar means:
an order of medieval knights that existed for two centuries after the First Crusade who helped to protect Jerusalem and European pilgrims to Jerusalem
Word Statistics
Book229 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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minuteness
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useDed.
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monk
46 uses
a Tibetan monk wearing an orange robe
monk = a male member of a religious order typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
Word Statistics
Book46 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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moreover
18 uses
The company has too much debt. Moreover, it is responsible for a long term lease on expensive office space.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 8
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notwithstanding
21 uses
Notwithstanding my fear, I want to try parachuting from an airplane.
notwithstanding = in spite of (In this case, my fear does not withstand my desire to try parachuting. My desire is stronger than my fear.) (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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oppress
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
oppressive government
The regime oppresses its people.
oppresses = harshly and unfairly dominates
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oppress means:
to dominate harshly and unfairly (as in "oppressive government")

or:

to deny equal rights to others or make them suffer (as in "The government oppresses minorities.")
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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perish
27 uses
...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln  --  Gettysburg Address
perish = be destroyed or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 22
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valor
47 uses
She received a medal for valor.
valor = courage (exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle)
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
Word Statistics
Book47 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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wallow
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
wallow in self-pity
Don't wallow in your sorrows.
wallow = indulge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to indulge in an emotion or situation

(This is often said of something negative such as self-pity when no attempt is made to move beyond it. But it is also sometimes said without connotation just to indicate that someone has a lot of something such as money or luxury.)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 20 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 39
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2  —14 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 36
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