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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 72 uses
1  —71 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
The Prince accordingly made a sign with his truncheon, as the Knight passed him in his second career around the lists.†
accordingly = in keeping with or in agreement with what was just stated
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
The good steed, grievously fatigued with so long a day's journey under a rider cased in mail, had no sooner found, by the slackened reins, that he was abandoned to his own guidance, than he seemed to assume new strength and spirit; and whereas, formerly he had scarce replied to the spur, otherwise than by a groan, he now, as if proud of the confidence reposed in him, pricked up his ears, and assumed, of his own accord, a more lively motion.†
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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brethren
48 uses
I will owe to the superstition of thy brethren what their compassion might refuse me, Each Preceptory—each Chapter of thy Order, shall learn, that, like a heretic, thou hast sinned with a Jewess.†
brethren = brothers or members of the same group — especially members of a religious order
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Book48 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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chivalry
43 uses
But the wager of battle is complete, even according to the fantastic fashions of Norman chivalry—Is it not, Father Aymer?†
chivalry = courtesy — especially towards women

or:

the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak
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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
Long had the smouldering fire of discord glowed between the tyrant father and his savage son...
discord = conflict and disagreement
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
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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endeavor
31 uses
You expressed, besides, your apprehension, that the unpatriotic prejudices of my countrymen would not allow fair play to such a work as that of which I endeavoured to demonstrate the probable success.†
endeavoured = tried or attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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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
They descended the stair with slow and solemn step, traversed a long gallery, and, by a pair of folding doors placed at the end, entered the great hall in which the Grand Master had for the time established his court of justice.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book5 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useIntr.
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grave
13 uses
I am anxious to vindicate myself from such a charge; for although I might trust to your friendship for an apology in your eyes, yet I would not willingly stand conviction in those of the public of so grave a crime, as my fears lead me to anticipate my being charged with.†
grave = serious and solemn
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
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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
Could I have hoped to render it worthy of your patronage, the public would at once have seen the propriety of inscribing a work designed to illustrate the domestic antiquities of England, and particularly of our Saxon forefathers, to the learned author of the Essays upon the Horn of King Ulphus, and on the Lands bestowed by him upon the patrimony of St Peter.†
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useDed.
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Knights Templar
229 uses
"What mean these fellows by their capricious insolence?" said the Templar to the Benedictine, "and why did you prevent me from chastising it?"†
Templar = an order of medieval knights that existed for two centuries after the First Crusade who helped to protect Jerusalem and European pilgrims to Jerusalem
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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
Now, it is well known, that a man may with more impunity be guilty of an actual breach either of real good breeding or of good morals, than appear ignorant of the most minute point of fashionable etiquette.†
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Book5 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useDed.
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monk
46 uses
Report speaks you a bonny monk, that would hear the matin chime ere he quitted his bowl; and, old as I am, I feared to have shame in encountering you.†
monk = a male member of a religious order typically living under vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience
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Book46 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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moreover
18 uses
Moreover, he had no time to make any remark, for Wamba thrust in his word, observing, "It was better, though scarce easier, to be the best man among a hundred, than the best man of two."†
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
Hark, how the thunder rumbles! and for summer rain, I never saw such broad downright flat drops fall out of the clouds; the oaks, too, notwithstanding the calm weather, sob and creak with their great boughs as if announcing a tempest.†
notwithstanding = in spite of; or in spite of the thing just mentioned (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
—Is he turned thief and oppressor?†
oppressor = one who dominates others harshly and unfairly

or:

one who denies equal rights to others or makes them suffer
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
—what if the youth perish!†
perish = die, 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
"I do so propose," replied Isaac, bowing in all humility, "if it please your reverend valour."†
valour = exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
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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
I have seen them, Conrade, in the visions of the night—their sainted eyes shed tears for the sins and follies of their brethren, and for the foul and shameful luxury in which they wallow.
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.)
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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
—Know that Bois-Guilbert yields not to created man, although circumstances may for a time induce him to alter his plan.†
yields = produces or gives
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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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
—Rebecca, it is not in woman to sustain this prospect—thou wilt yield to my suit.†
yield = give in, give way, or give up
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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