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abject
18 uses
The verandah was empty by then, the noise and movement in court had ceased: a great silence fell upon the building, in which, somewhere far within, an oriental voice began to whine abjectly.†
abjectly = in an extremely negative manner — often implying extreme hopelessness, misery, shame, or desperation
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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Book18 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
According to my theory he was not.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book8 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
Along the whole dim length of the gallery the voices dropped, the pale blotches of faces turned our way with one accord, and the silence became so profound that the clear tinkle of a teaspoon falling on the tesselated floor of the verandah rang out like a tiny and silvery scream.†
one accord = one mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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adapt
1 use
In general, adapting the words of your great poet: That is the question....†
adapting = changing to fit a different situation
DefinitionGenerally adapt means:
change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 20
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appalling
13 uses
The stupidity of the phrase appalled me while I was trying to finish it, but the power of sentences has nothing to do with their sense or the logic of their construction.†
appalled = shocked by how terrible or horrible something is
DefinitionGenerally appalling means:
shockingly terrible or horrible
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Book13 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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approach   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
approached the city
In this assault upon his fortitude there was the jeering intention of a spiteful and vile vengeance; there was an element of burlesque in his ordeal—a degradation of funny grimaces in the approach of death or dishonour.†
approach = to come near or nearer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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Book2 uses
Library88 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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2  —1 use as in:
use the best approach
I was thinking how I had best approach him (I did not want to be flung off again) when he gave a little laugh.†
approach = way of doing something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
a way of doing something; or a route that leads to a particular place
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 16
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Chester looked at me with infinite contempt.
contempt = lack of respect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
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deliberate
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
need to deliberate
That's all right," he pronounced with an air of deliberating with himself upon the truth of this statement—"that's all right.†
deliberating = thinking about or discussing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of deliberate means:
to think about or discuss — especially with great care
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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establish
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
The old chap goes on equably trusting Providence and the established order of the universe, but alive to its small dangers and its small mercies.†
established = set in place
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book4 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 19
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grave
3 uses
My talk was of the material aspect of his position; it had the sole aim of saving him from the degradation, ruin, and despair that out there close so swiftly upon a friendless, homeless man; I pleaded with him to accept my help; I argued reasonably: and every time I looked up at that absorbed smooth face, so grave and youthful, I had a disturbing sense of being no help but rather an obstacle to some mysterious, inexplicable, impalpable striving of his wounded spirit.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn

The exact meaning of this sense of grave is often subject to its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad (with a heavy heart)
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — sincere and dignified without humor
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Book3 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 23
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infernal
19 uses
He looked as genuine as a new sovereign, but there was some infernal alloy in his metal.†
infernal = very bad; or very annoying; or characteristic of hell
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Book19 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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inquiry
23 uses
The illustration was good: the questions were aiming at facts, and the official Inquiry was being held in the police court of an Eastern port.†
inquiry = questioning or investigating
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Book23 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4
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magistrate
12 uses
The face of the presiding magistrate, clean shaved and impassible, looked at him deadly pale between the red faces of the two nautical assessors.†
magistrate = judicial official
DefinitionGenerally magistrate means:
a judicial official — in the U.S. typically a judge for minor offenses or preliminary hearings
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Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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minuteness
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
minute size; or minute description
He saw it all, he could talk about it with scorn and bitterness; he had a minute knowledge of it by means of some sixth sense, I conclude, because he swore to me he had remained apart without a glance at them and at the boat—without one single glance.†
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
profound grief
profound = intense (or deep)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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somber
30 uses
"You say you didn't," he said, very sombre.†
sombre = serious and without cheer — perhaps even gloomy

or:

lacking brightness or color
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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subdue
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
subdue opposition
However, Sura was a professional sorcerer also, who attended all the rice sowings and reapings for miles around for the purpose of subduing the stubborn souls of things.†
subduing = to control or put down by force or intimidation
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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wallow
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
wallow happily in the mud
They wallow in your good chairs and think to themselves, "Hang exertion."
wallow = relax
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wallow means:
to relax — especially of an animal rolling about in mud or shallow water

or more rarely:  a noun describing the mud puddle or indentation in which an animal relaxes or rolls around
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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wretched
16 uses
Can't he see that wretched skipper of his has cleared out?†
wretched = very bad
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad, in various senses such as:
  • unfortunate or miserable
  • of poor quality
  • morally bad
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Book16 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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