toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

The Return of the Native
Vocabulary

Top-Ranked Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

(click/touch triangles for details)
alacrity
2 uses
Thomasin had been persuaded by her aunt, and by an instinctive impulse of loyalty towards her cousin Clym, to bestir herself on his account with an alacrity unusual in her during these most sorrowful days of her life.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
ascetic
2 uses
The most thorough-going ascetic could feel that he had a natural right to wander on Egdon:
ascetic = someone who practices self-denial
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
atrophy
1 use
To counteract the malign spell which she imagined poor Eustacia to be working, the boy's mother busied herself with a ghastly invention of superstition, calculated to bring powerlessness, atrophy, and annihilation on any human being against whom it was directed.
atrophy = withering or weakness
DefinitionGenerally atrophy means:
to wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
candid
3 uses
"I am thoroughly perplexed," she said candidly.
candidly = with honesty and directness
DefinitionGenerally candid means:
honest and direct
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
condescending
6 uses
"It was condescension, nevertheless," said Eustacia vehemently.
condescension = a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Her countenance changed.
countenance = facial expression; or face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
Web Links
discern
13 uses
On the further side of a table bearing candles she could faintly discern faces, and that was all.
discern = notice something that is not easy to see
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
disdain
1 use
"I know it," she said disdainfully.
disdainfully = with a sense of superiority
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
dwell   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Don't dwell on it.
Let me look right into your moonlit face and dwell on every line and curve in it!
dwell = let attention stay on for a prolonged period
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
to think, communicate, or let attention stay on (or return to) something for a prolonged period
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
...when the old watering-place herein called "Budmouth" still retained sufficient afterglow from its Georgian gaiety and prestige to lend it an absorbing attractiveness to the romantic and imaginative soul of a lonely dweller inland.
dweller = someone who lives in a place
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePref.
Web Links
3  —1 use as in:
a modest dwelling
A long day's march was before him, his object being to secure a dwelling to which he might take Eustacia when she became his wife.
dwelling = a house or shelter in which someone lives
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
Web Links
engender
3 uses
...to hunger for the hope and happiness which the fascination of the dance seemed to engender within them.
engender = bring about (cause)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
ephemeral
3 uses
As is usual with bright natures, the deity that lies ignominiously chained within an ephemeral human carcase shone out of him like a ray.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
impetuous
3 uses
"No—I won't, I won't!" she said impetuously, quite forgetful of...
impetuously = impulsively (suddenly, without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
After replying to the old man's greeting he showed no inclination to continue in talk, although they still walked side by side, for the elder traveller seemed to desire company.
inclination = attitude favoring
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency; in the mood; or an attitude that favors something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —4 uses as in:
on an incline or incline his head
She inclined her head, and swept round so that her eyes rested in the misty vale beneath them.
inclined = bent or angled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
perceive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
perceive the system as unfair
She could not admit at once that she might have overestimated Wildeve, for to perceive his mediocrity now was to admit her own great folly heretofore.
perceive = to view in a certain way so as to form a belief or opinion
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
Olly, though without the tact to perceive when remarks were untimely, was saved by her very simplicity from rendering them offensive.
perceive = notice (be aware of)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 17 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
She resolved to look for the man from Paris no more.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
Web Links
2  —4 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
Up to this hour he had persevered in his resolve not to invite her back.
resolve = determination (in holding to his decision)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
Web Links
Take Quiz
Go to Book Menu
Browse with Large-Screen
(more words/choices)
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.