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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
...looking about him with an air of lofty composure, though the anguish that quivered in his faded countenance was far too powerful to be concealed,
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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credulous
3 uses
Those acute and long-practised senses, whose powers so often exceed the limits of all ordinary credulity,
credulity = willingness to believe
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useChapter 19
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cunning
51 uses
and trust to cunning for want of speed.
cunning = cleverness and deception
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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Book51 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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deliberate   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 14 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
need to deliberate
Their deliberations were short, and it would seem, by the silence of most of the party, the decision unanimous.
deliberations = discussion of considerations
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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2  —1 use as in:
a deliberate thinker
When assured that all was still, and unable to detect, even by the aid of his practiced senses, any sign of his approaching foes, he would deliberately resume his slow and guarded progress.
deliberately = done with great care — often slowly
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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diligent
12 uses
he still guarded his pass with unwearied diligence.
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
ventured again to open his discordant throat
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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1st useChapter 9
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disdain
10 uses
On the contrary, Heyward thought the manner of the young Mohican was disdainful,
disdainful = disrespectful (as though he were superior)
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
They advised her to be attentive to the wants of her companion, and never to forget the distinction which the Manitou had so wisely established between them.†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 11
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
He sat bent in feebleness, and apparently unconscious of the presence he was in, during the whole of that opening scene, in which the skill of the scout had been so clearly established.†
established = demonstrated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 29
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forbearance
6 uses
He had been fond of believing, from the uncommon forbearance of the savages, that he was reserved as a prisoner to be delivered to Montcalm.
forbearance = restraint (in this case, refraining from hurting him)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
As the Huron used his native language, the prisoners, notwithstanding the caution of the natives had kept them within the swing of their tomahawks, could only conjecture the substance of his harangue from the nature of those significant gestures with which an Indian always illustrates his eloquence.†
illustrates = helps make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 11
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impetuous
6 uses
the impetuous young man ... sprang upon his enemy with naked hands.
impetuous = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
A low exclamation of applause passed among the warriors who exchanged looks with each other like men that first began to perceive their error.
perceive = to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 30
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2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
Then, permitting his looks to wander over the silent throng that crowded around the elevated seat of Tamenund, he first perceived Hawkeye in his bonds.
perceived = saw (became aware of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 30
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prudent
15 uses
The scout ... thought it prudent to preserve his disguise until assured of their privacy.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book15 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
A strain of melancholy, however, blended with his triumph, rendering his voice, as usual, soft and musical.
rendering = to make or cause to become
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1st useChapter 13
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sagacious
14 uses
the other was wholly dependent on the sagacity and intelligence of the seniors of the party.
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book14 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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venerate
12 uses
But they love and venerate the great white chief.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book12 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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vigilant
28 uses
Not a single indication of the future intentions of his hosts, however, escaped his vigilant eyes.
vigilant = carefully observant
DefinitionGenerally vigilant means:
carefully observant or attentive — often to possible danger
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Book28 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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