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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 25 uses
1  —24 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
limited her stay to a number of minutes that should accord with the highest respectability.
accord = be in keeping with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book24 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
she left you of her own accord
own accord = own mind (voluntarily without anyone asking or making her)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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adapt
1 use
Any one sufficiently curious to trace the steps of such an obscure pair might have discovered without great trouble that they had taken advantage of his adaptive craftsmanship to enter on a shifting, almost nomadic, life, which was not without its pleasantness for a time.†
adaptive = having the ability to change for different situations
DefinitionGenerally adapt means:
change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
The affair had created a scandal, and the management had consequently been rough on cousins ever since.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book9 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —2 uses as in:
of little consequence
"Oh, it is of no consequence!" said Jude distantly.†
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book2 uses
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discern
14 uses
He looked closely, and could just discern in the damp dust the imprints of their feet as they had stood locked in each other's arms.†
discern = to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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dwell
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a modest dwelling
To him the houses, the willows, the obscure fields beyond, were apparently regarded not as brick residences, pollards, meadows; but as human dwellings in the abstract, vegetation, and the wide dark world.†
dwellings = houses or shelters in which people live
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Sue and Jude were living in Aldbrickham, in precisely the same relations that they had established between themselves when she left Shaston to join him the year before.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book2 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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exemplar
2 uses
But much as he wished to be an exemplar in these things he could not get on.
exemplar = an example — especially one that represents the ideal
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impulsive
9 uses
She impulsively seized his hand, and leaving a reproachful look on the schoolmaster turned away to Jude, her voice revealing a tremor which she herself felt to be absurdly uncalled for by sarcasm so gentle.†
impulsively = without forethought
DefinitionGenerally impulsive means:
action without forethought; or such a tendency
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Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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inconsistent
7 uses
The more he thought of it the more convinced he was of his inconsistency.†
inconsistency = not the same in different parts or at different times

or:

not in agreement [with something else]
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Book7 uses
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indulge
13 uses
Having seen the school-master depart, they were summing up particulars of the event, and indulging in predictions of his future.†
indulging = enjoying to excess
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
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Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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matrimony
12 uses
Their lives were ruined, he thought; ruined by the fundamental error of their matrimonial union: that of having based a permanent contract on a temporary feeling which had no necessary connection with affinities that alone render a lifelong comradeship tolerable.†
matrimonial = marriage (or related to marriage)
DefinitionGenerally matrimony means:
the state of being a married
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Book12 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 1
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
From this summit he could be seen as a minute speck, following an unerring line towards his old home.†
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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moreover
6 uses
Moreover he perceived that at best only copying, patching and imitating went on here; which he fancied to be owing to some temporary and local cause.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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novel
2 uses
Phillotson was not really thinking of the arithmetic at all, but of her, in a novel way which somehow seemed strange to him as preceptor.†
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book2 uses
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parish
10 uses
The people of the parish all said what a simple fool young Fawley was.†
parish = a local church community

or in Louisiana:  a jurisdiction of government like a county
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Book10 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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quaint
12 uses
V During the three or four succeeding years a quaint and singular vehicle might have been discerned moving along the lanes and by-roads near Marygreen, driven in a quaint and singular way.†
quaint = unusual in an interesting or pleasing way — especially when old-fashioned
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Book12 uses
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reproach
16 uses
He glanced at her and their eyes met, the reproach in his own belying his words.†
reproach = a criticism; or to express criticism
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Book16 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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theology
9 uses
The old fancy which had led on to the culminating vision of the bishopric had not been an ethical or theological enthusiasm at all, but a mundane ambition masquerading in a surplice.†
theological = relating to the study of religion
DefinitionGenerally theology means:
the study of religion; or a particular system or school of religious beliefs
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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