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abhor
6 uses
My man, however, still retained the nature of a cannibal ... but such an extreme abhorrence did I express...
abhorrence = disgust (feeling of complete dislike and revulsion)
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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affectation
1 use
...I cannot see what it avails any christian church, or man in the world, to amuse himself with speculations and opinions, except it be to display their particular vanity and affectation.
affectation = behaving in an artificial way to make an impression
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austere
1 use
two of them were reserved, rigid, and austere, applying themselves to the work they came about with great earnestness, but the third ... was of a freer conversation, not seemingly so serious and grave,
austere = serious and stern (all work, no play or luxury)
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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conjecture
3 uses
...nor can any one describe my horror and amazement, when I saw the ground spread with sculls, hands, feet, and bones of human bodies; and particularly, I perceived a space like a circle, in the midst of which had been a fire, about which I conjectured these wretches sat, and unnaturally sacrificed and devoured their fellow creatures.
conjectured = concluded or guessed
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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convey
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
convey her safely to
...what kind of boats conveyed them hither;†
conveyed = transported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
transport
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deride
2 uses
I soon mastered those fits, as I deridingly called them.
deridingly = laughingly while dismissing them as unimportant
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
I found a little plain near a rising hill, the front towards which being as steep as a house side, nothing could descend on me from the top.
descend = come down
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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desist
2 uses
I entreat you, nay, I command you, (says he) to desist from these intentions.
desist = to not do something
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diligent
5 uses
to show what disparity there is between a diligent application to business, on the one hand, and a slothful negligent, and idle temper, on the other.
diligent = hard work and care in tasks
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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expedient
2 uses
This set my brains to work to find some expedient for every one of these necessaries against the next harvest.
expedient = practical solution
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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incessant
3 uses
To the 26th of this month, I could not stir out, it raining incessantly;
incessantly = continuously
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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orthodox
2 uses
I knew there was little encouragement to settle there, unless I would apostatize from the orthodox faith, or live in continual fear of the Inquisition.
orthodox = normal (describing thinking or behavior as commonly or traditionally accepted)
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pedantic
1 use
...no pedant sophisters to confound us with unintelligible mysteries:
pedant = someone too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning

(editor's note:  A sophister, or more commonly, a sophist is someone who makes clever, but deliberately invalid arguments, in the hope of deceiving others.)
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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pious
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
At this place, my truly honest and pious clergyman left me;
pious = highly religious or moral
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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prodigious
3 uses
the prodigious quantity of snow
prodigious = large amount (far beyond what is usual)
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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rectify
1 use
For this shews man the vanity and deceitfulness of this life, and is an occasion of rectifying our measures, and bringing us to a more modest opinion of ourselves:
rectifying = correcting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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timorous
1 use
...we fired our pistols in their faces, and drew out our swords; but there was no occasion; for they flew like timorous sheep, & only three of them remained, beckoning to the rest to come back.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
And near this commodious and pleasant settlement, lay my well cultivated and improved corn-fields, which kindly yielded me their fruit in the proper season.†
yielded = gave
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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2  —1 use as in:
yield to pressure
But while they were discoursing, the Captain, his mate and the rest entered, and knocked down the second mate and carpenter, secured those that were upon the deck, by putting them under hatches, while the other boat's crew entered and secured the forecastle; they then broke into the round-house, where the mate after some resistance, shot the pirate captain through the head, upon which all the rest yielded themselves prisoners.†
yielded = surrendered (gave up)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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zeal
3 uses
but surely never was such a sermon preached ... with so much zeal, knowledge, and sincerity;
zeal = enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally zeal means:
active interest and enthusiasm
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