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blithe
5 uses
For as poor as I appear, I have friends of my own that will be blithe to help me.
blithe = happy
DefinitionGenerally blithe means:
carefree and happy — often unaware of or ignoring something that should be of concern
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
"And that's very bravely said," he cried, in a great admiration of my candour.
candour = honesty and directness

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use candor.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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condemn
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
was condemned to life in prison
I pitied all poor souls that were condemned to sail in her.
condemned = forced (into an undesired activity or situation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of condemn means:
force into an undesired activity or situation — such as to legally sentence someone to punishment

or:

find guilty — especially in court (and sometimes to death)

or:

provide the means of finding guilty
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
I did his will, smiling to myself in my contempt that he should think I was so easily to be deceived.
contempt = 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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
For long, we said nothing; marching alongside or one behind the other, each with a set countenance: I, angry and proud ... Alan angry and ashamed,
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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daunt
3 uses
He was long unshaved; but what most distressed and even daunted me, he would neither take his eyes away from me nor look me fairly in the face.
daunted = discouraged or intimidated
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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deride
2 uses
Thereupon the captain ascended the ladder; and I ... beheld Mr. Riach turn after him and bow as low as to his knees in what was plainly a spirit of derision.
derision = critical disrespect — typically while laughing at or making fun of

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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devious
1 use
We went down accordingly into the waste, and began to make our toilsome and devious travel towards the eastern verge.
devious = not straightforward, indirect, or circuitous

(editor's note:  This sense of devious is seldom used today. Today, the word more commonly means "deceitful—not honest and straightforward; and often in a complicated, clever manner".)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of devious means:
deceitful (not honest and straightforward) — often in a complicated, clever manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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disconcerting
3 uses
This change of note disconcerted Ebenezer;
disconcerted = disturbed or unsettled
DefinitionGenerally disconcerting means:
disrupt composure — such as to confuse or worry
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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doleful
1 use
Your father, Mr. David, was a kind gentleman; but he was weak, dolefully weak;
dolefully = sadly (in a manner that is full of sadness)
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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forbearance
2 uses
"Well, well," said he, "we must bear and forbear."
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting

(editor's note:  In this context, bear is a synonym for endure, or tolerate, or suffer through.)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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heed
7 uses
But I took little heed at the moment, for all my mind was occupied with the generosity of these poor Highlanders.
heed = consideration (to pay attention or to do what was suggested)
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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impudent
2 uses
He said impudently, "No."
impudently = in a manner that was improperly bold or disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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muse
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
her musings
He seemed to muse awhile, holding his lip in his hand, and looking now at me and now upon the causeway of the street.
muse = reflect (think) deeply on a subject
DefinitionGenerally this sense of muse means:
reflect (think) deeply on a subject — perhaps aloud
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Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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pious
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
...a number of hymns and pious books...
pious = religious
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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prodigious
3 uses
...nothing living on it but game birds ... and the gulls which haunted the outlying rocks in a prodigious number.
prodigious = enormous (a very large number)
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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remorse
4 uses
...there was a cold gnawing in my inside like a remorse for something wrong.
remorse = feeling of deep regret
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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reproach
3 uses
I have never reproached you,
reproached = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 24
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scarcity
32 uses
Alan took the first watch; and it seemed to me I had scarce closed my eyes before I was shaken up to take the second.
scarce = barely or hardly (by a small margin; or an amount that is less than desired)

(editor's note:  In this context, "to take the watch", is to "stand guard".)
DefinitionGenerally scarcity means:
shortage (having an amount that is less than desired)
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Book32 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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scrupulous
2 uses
"Ye're unco scrupulous," sneered Alan
scrupulous = careful to behave ethically.

(editor's note:  Unco is a word that is not used much these days, but it is a synonym for remarkably or very.)
DefinitionGenerally scrupulous means:
careful to behave ethically and/or diligently (with great care and attention to detail)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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