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The Last of the Mohicans

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alacrity
1 use
More than two thousand raving savages broke from the forest at the signal, and threw themselves across the fatal plain with instinctive alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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1st useChapter 17
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
"The time may come when you will not consider the knife of a savage such a despicable vanity," returned the scout, with a strong expression of contempt for the other's dullness.
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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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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 or manner
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1st useChapter 33
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cunning
1 use
and trust to cunning for want of speed.
cunning = cleverness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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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

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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Book13 uses
Library13 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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1st useChapter 5
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
It is true there were short and fleeting moments, when the fiery eyes of Magua were seen glittering, like the fabled organs of the basilisk through the dusty wreath by which he was enveloped, and he read by those short and deadly glances the fate of the combat in the presence of his enemies; ere, however, any hostile hand could descend on his devoted head, its place was filled by the scowling visage of Chingachgook.†
descend = move downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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1st useChapter 12
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diligent
6 uses
he still guarded his pass with unwearied diligence.
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
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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Library6 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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Library1 use 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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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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 33
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moccasin
22 uses
One moccasin is no more like another than one book is like another: though they who can read in one are seldom able to tell the marks of the other.
moccasin = soft leather shoe traditionally worn by Native Americans
DefinitionGenerally moccasin means:
a soft leather shoe traditionally worn by Native Americans.
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Book22 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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prudent
9 uses
The scout ... thought it prudent to preserve his disguise until assured of their privacy.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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remonstrate
6 uses
Heyward would have ventured a remonstrance had there been anything encouraging in the gloomy reserve of Magua.
remonstrance = argument in protest or opposition
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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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 = making or causing to become
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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1st useChapter 13
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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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