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The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

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accord
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
he was, according to country custom in those parts, boarded and lodged at the houses of the farmers whose children he instructed.
according to = in keeping with (in agreement with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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capacious
1 use
No tale was too gross or monstrous for his capacious swallow.
capacious = large
DefinitionGenerally capacious means:
large in capacity
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choleric
2 uses
He had, in fact, been a favorite steed of his master's, the choleric Van Ripper, who was a furious rider, and had infused, very probably, some of his own spirit into the animal; for, old and broken-down as he looked, there was more of the lurking devil in him than in any young filly in the country.
choleric = easily moved to anger
DefinitionGenerally choleric means:
easily moved to anger; or characterized by anger
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credulous
1 use
He was ... an odd mixture of small shrewdness and simple credulity.
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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dominate
2 uses
The dominant spirit, however, that haunts this enchanted region ... is the apparition of a figure on horseback, without a head.
dominant = conspicuous (most noticeable)
DefinitionGenerally dominate means:
to control; or to be most influential, powerful, abundant, important, or conspicuous
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epitaph
1 use
How he would figure among them in the churchyard, between services on Sundays ... reciting for their amusement all the epitaphs on the tombstones; or...
epitaphs = short text inscribed on a tombstone in memory of a dead person
DefinitionGenerally epitaph means:
a short text in memory of a dead person — especially text written on a tombstone
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
This is perhaps the reason why we so seldom hear of ghosts except in our long-established Dutch communities.†
established = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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heresy
1 use
The tale was told of old Brouwer, a most heretical disbeliever in ghosts,
heretical = counter to popular belief
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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incessant
1 use
the great torrent of migration and improvement, which is making such incessant changes
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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ingenious
2 uses
It was most ingeniously secured at vacant hours ... so that though a thief might get in with perfect ease, he would find some embarrassment in getting out
ingeniously = skillfully and showing inventiveness
DefinitionGenerally ingenious means:
showing cleverness and originality
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inveterate
1 use
This name was given, we are told, in former days, by the good housewives of the adjacent country, from the inveterate propensity of their husbands to linger about the village tavern on market days.
inveterate = habitual; or something of long standing

(editor's note:  Propensity is a synonym for tendency.)
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listless
1 use
From the listless repose of the place, and the peculiar character of its inhabitants, who are descendants from the original Dutch settlers, this sequestered glen has long been known by the name of SLEEPY HOLLOW,...
listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
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magnanimous
1 use
He found favor in the eyes of the mothers by petting the children, particularly the youngest; and like the lion bold, which whilom so magnanimously the lamb did hold, he would sit with a child on one knee, and rock a cradle with his foot for whole hours together.
magnanimously = kind and generous in spirit

(editor's note:  Whilom is an archaic word that that means formerly when referring to something that has happened in the past. This sentence could be paraphrased as "Like the lion who has kindly held the lamb in the past, Ichabod held and rocked the little children for hours at a time.")
DefinitionGenerally magnanimous means:
kind and generous in spirit — especially toward those defeated in battle
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obstinate
1 use
There was something extremely provoking in this obstinately pacific system;
obstinately = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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parry
1 use
And there was an old gentleman who shall be nameless ... who, in the battle of White Plains, being an excellent master of defence, parried a musket-ball with a small sword, insomuch that he absolutely felt it whiz round the blade, and glance off at the hilt; in proof of which he was ready at any time to show the sword, with the hilt a little bent.
parried = avoided (being hit by)
DefinitionGenerally parry means:
to avoid — especially to deflect (cause something to change direction)
in 2 primary senses:
  • to avoid an attack — especially a physical attack as when deflecting the thrust of a sword
  • to avoid answering a question with a clever response that directs attention elsewhere
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paternal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
paternal grandmother
...he had visited her in her paternal mansion.
paternal = relating to a father (in this case, indicating the mansion that belonged to her father)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of paternal means:
related to a father; or characteristic of fathers
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pretense
1 use
Brom, who had a degree of rough chivalry in his nature, would fain have carried matters to open warfare and have settled their pretensions to the lady, according to the mode of those most concise and simple reasoners, the knights-errant of yore,—by single combat;
pretensions = deceitful appearances or actions

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sions", 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 discussions from discuss, explosions from explode, and revisions from revise.)
DefinitionGenerally pretense means:
a false appearance or action to help one pretend
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prudent
1 use
where they always prudently shortened sail
prudently = with good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
His notable little wife ... had enough to do to attend to her housekeeping and manage her poultry; for, as she sagely observed, ducks and geese are foolish things, and must be looked after, but girls can take care of themselves.
sagely = wisely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
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undulate
1 use
The wide bosom of the Tappan Zee lay motionless and glassy, excepting that here and there a gentle undulation waved and prolonged the blue shadow of the distant mountain.
undulation = smooth wave-like motion

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", 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 action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally undulate means:
a smooth wave-like motion (physical or auditory)

or:

having a wavy or rippled form or surface
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