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abscond
3 uses
This question chimed in so well to the tolling of a certain thought of mine that, with the image of the absconding renegade in my eye, I answered at once, "Hanged if I know, unless it be that he lets you."†
absconding = running away
DefinitionGenerally abscond means:
to run away (usually taking something you shouldn't)
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aggrieve
2 uses
I was aggrieved against him, as though he had cheated me—me!†
aggrieved = harmed by unfair treatment
DefinitionGenerally aggrieve means:
feeling harmed by unfair treatment; or (more rarely) harming someone unfairly
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alacrity
2 uses
He laughed while narrating this part at the recollection of his polite alacrity.†
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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altercation
1 use
It was doomed to be a failure as far as the principal person was concerned, but he approached the others with fussy importance, and, almost immediately, found himself involved in a violent altercation with the chap that carried his arm in a sling, and who turned out to be extremely anxious for a row.†
altercation = a noisy argument, confrontation, or fight
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anachronism
2 uses
This was what he required a steamer for, and I knew he was just then negotiating enthusiastically with a Parsee firm for an old, brig-rigged, sea-anachronism of ninety horse-power.†
anachronism = something out of place for it's time - typically something that belongs in the past
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approbation
2 uses
It was reported that several of the Rajah's people amongst the listeners had loudly expressed their approbation.†
approbation = approval
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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bulwark
3 uses
When he got his idea he had to drive it into reluctant minds, through the bulwarks of fear, of selfishness.†
bulwarks = something that offers protection — especially a defensive wall or embankment, or a sea wall

or (especially in classic literature):  the part of a ship's side that  is above the upper deck
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canvass
2 uses
He fondly hoped he had done with the sea for ever, and made sure he had got hold of all the bliss on earth, but it came to canvassing in the end.†
canvassing = examining an issue, getting opinions by asking specific questions; and/or asking people for political support individually
DefinitionGenerally this sense of canvass means:
examine an issue, get opinions by asking specific questions; and/or ask people for political support individually
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certitude
9 uses
Twice, he told me, he shut his eyes in the certitude that the end was upon him already, and twice he had to open them again.†
certitude = certainty
DefinitionGenerally certitude means:
total certainty or (more rarely) something that is certain to happen
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conflagration
2 uses
The glare of a red spluttering conflagration going on in mid-air fell on his eyes.†
conflagration = a large, violent, uncontrolled event — especially a fire
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craven
3 uses
'The little engineer whimpered like a child, but, broken arm and all, he turned out the least craven of the lot as it seems, and, actually, mustered enough pluck to run an errand to the engine-room.†
craven = exceedingly cowardly; or someone who is exceedingly cowardly
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immaterial
3 uses
The mist of his feelings shifted between us, as if disturbed by his struggles, and in the rifts of the immaterial veil he would appear to my staring eyes distinct of form and pregnant with vague appeal like a symbolic figure in a picture.†
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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incisive
3 uses
' "Jumped," he corrected me incisively.†
incisively = in a manner that is direct, clear, and sharp
DefinitionGenerally incisive means:
direct, clear, and sharp in thinking or expression — often indicating a decisive person (makes decisions quickly) or a penetrating mind
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incognito
3 uses
His incognito, which had as many holes as a sieve, was not meant to hide a personality but a fact.†
incognito = with identity hidden — such as via a disguise or false name
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perishable
2 uses
I was very anxious, but I respected the intense, almost passionate, absorption with which he looked at a butterfly, as though on the bronze sheen of these frail wings, in the white tracings, in the gorgeous markings, he could see other things, an image of something as perishable and defying destruction as these delicate and lifeless tissues displaying a splendour unmarred by death.†
perishable = things that decay (spoil)
DefinitionGenerally perishable means:
things that decay (spoil) — (often said of foods that need refrigeration such as meats or milk)
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prosaic
3 uses
He knew the magic monotony of existence between sky and water: he had to bear the criticism of men, the exactions of the sea, and the prosaic severity of the daily task that gives bread—but whose only reward is in the perfect love of the work.†
prosaic = lacking anything unusual, interesting, or challenging
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sagacious
3 uses
A succession of adventures, so much glory, such a victorious progress! and the deep sense of his sagacity crowning every day of his inner life.†
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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sheer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sheered to the left
All the passengers had been packed tidily into the boats and shoved clear of the ship, when Bob sheered alongside again and scrambled back on deck to fetch that girl.†
sheered = change direction abruptly; or to cause such a change of direction — (usually said of a boat)
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vengeance   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
vengeance is mine
The howl pursued me like a vengeance.†
vengeance = the act of taking revenge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of vengeance means:
the act of taking revenge

(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
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2  —1 use as in:
with a vengeance
I could make him a solemn promise that it would be shut behind him with a vengeance.†
with a vengeance = with intensity
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