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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 14 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
the judges have decreed, according to the law, that they be hanged.
according to = in keeping with (in agreement with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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Book13 uses
Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
The great assemblage bent their heads upon their breasts with one accord; remained so, in profound silence, a few moments; then all sank upon their knees in a body, stretched out their hands toward Tom, and a mighty shout burst forth that seemed to shake the building— "Long live the King!"
one accord = one mind (unvoiced agreement)
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 11
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alacrity
1 use
Hendon despatched his ablutions with alacrity,
alacrity = speed (liveliness and eagerness)

(editor's notes:  In this context, ablutions refers to matters of personal hygiene such as brushing the teeth or shaving. Despatched is a less common spelling of dispatched which means "to deal with a task quickly and efficiently.")
DefinitionGenerally alacrity means:
quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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archangel
1 use
even a king must obey when an archangel gives the word
archangel = an angel of high rank
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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digress
1 use
But we digress.
digress = wander from the topic of discussion
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — especially verbally
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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forbearance
6 uses
But in charity forbear to say 'I' mentioned it, for 'tis death to speak of it, they say.
forbear = refrain (hold back) from
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 12
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pauper
14 uses
Upon your knees, ye pauper scum,
pauper = someone who is very poor
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Book14 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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perplex
13 uses
It was a perplexing puzzle,
perplexing = confusing due to complexity
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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prodigal
3 uses
In the afternoon the returning prodigal made constant deflections from his course to see if by ascending some hillock he might not pierce the distance and catch a glimpse of his home.
prodigal = long absent child
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
They were good-hearted girls, unclean, clothed in rags, and profoundly ignorant.
profoundly = intensely
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 2
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reign   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
She reigned over England
In the reign of Henry VIII.
reign = the time during which a king or queen ruled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reign means:
rule (like that of a king or queen); or the time during which one ruled
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usenotes
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2  —1 use as in:
uncertainty reigns
Stillness reigns, the torches blink dully, the time drags heavily.
reigns = is most noticeable (predominate)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reign means:
to be most powerful, important, or noticeable
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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repudiate
4 uses
men whose faces Hendon remembered more or less distinctly, came, by day, to gaze at the 'impostor' and repudiate and insult him;
repudiate = strongly reject
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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resignation
3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
And when, just after the noonday dinner, the goodwife gave him a basket of kittens to drown, he did resign.
resign = quit (from a position or job)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19
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?  —2 uses
exact meaning not specified
or not quizzed
resolve   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 13 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
He got so cold, standing still, and the hospitable barn looked so enticing, that at last he resolved to risk everything and enter.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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2  —4 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
He wandered on, wounded and indignant, and was resolved to put himself in the way of like treatment no more.
resolved = determined
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 6
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3  —2 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
But meantime, Miles Hendon was resolving the difficulty.
resolving = solving or settling
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 28
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tranquil
7 uses
He even made a movement as if to go, but quickly recovered his tranquil attitude
tranquil = calm and undisturbed
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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wrought   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
wrought iron
By-and-by Tom's reading and dreaming about princely life wrought such a strong effect upon him that he began to ACT the prince, unconsciously.
wrought = worked
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
worked — as when iron is shaped to fit by bending or beating
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
the damage she has wrought
His father wrought us evil, he destroyed us—and is gone down into the eternal fires!
wrought = brought (caused)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
caused to happen or occurred as a consequence
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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