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Silas Marner

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accompany
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
illness and accompanying symptoms
That was his instantaneous impression, unaccompanied by doubt, though he had not seen the child for months past; and when the hope was rising that he might possibly be mistaken, Mr. Crackenthorp and Mr. Lammeter had already advanced to Silas, in astonishment at this strange advent.†
unaccompanied = not joined

(Editor's note:  The prefix "un-" in unaccompanied means not and reverses the meaning of accompanied. This is the same pattern you see in words like unhappy, unknown, and unlucky.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to be present with at the same time and/or location
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1st useChapter 1.13
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
The tender and peculiar love with which Silas had reared her in almost inseparable companionship with himself, aided by the seclusion of their dwelling, had preserved her from the lowering influences of the village talk and habits, and had kept her mind in that freshness which is sometimes falsely supposed to be an invariable attribute of rusticity.†
attribute = characteristic
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.11
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2  —3 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
Yet the next moment there seemed to be some evidence that ghosts had a more condescending disposition than Mr. Macey attributed to them; for the pale thin figure of Silas Marner was suddenly seen standing in the warm light, uttering no word, but looking round at the company with his strange unearthly eyes.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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1st useChapter 1.7
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 16 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
their early errors carried hard consequences:
consequences = results (thing that happened because of them)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book15 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.3
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
It certainly did make some difference to Nancy that the lover she had given up was the young man of quite the highest consequence in the parish—at home in a venerable and unique parlour, which was the extremity of grandeur in her experience, a parlour where she might one day have been mistress, with the consciousness that she was spoken of as "Madam Cass", the Squire's wife.†
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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1st useChapter 1.11
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
"No," said Godfrey, with a keen decisiveness of tone, in contrast with his usually careless and unemphatic speech—"there's debts we can't pay like money debts, by paying extra for the years that have slipped by."
in contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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1st useChapter 2.20
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2  —6 uses as in:
there is a contrast
But Miss Nancy had no sooner made her curtsy than an elderly lady came forward, whose full white muslin kerchief, and mob-cap round her curls of smooth grey hair, were in daring contrast with the puffed yellow satins and top-knotted caps of her neighbours.†
contrast = notable difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.1
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convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
convey her thoughts
He was puzzled and anxious, for Dolly's word "christened" conveyed no distinct meaning to him.†
conveyed = communicated or expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
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1st useChapter 1.14
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2  —1 use as in:
convey her safely to
Here, however, sat Eppie, discoursing cheerfully to her own small boot, which she was using as a bucket to convey the water into a deep hoof-mark, while her little naked foot was planted comfortably on a cushion of olive-green mud.†
convey = transport
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1st useChapter 1.14
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correspond
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
The light of his faith quite put out, and his affections made desolate, he had clung with all the force of his nature to his work and his money; and like all objects to which a man devotes himself, they had fashioned him into correspondence with themselves.†
correspondence = a match that fits
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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1st useChapter 1.5
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duplicity
2 uses
That was a feeble evasion, but Godfrey was not fond of lying, and, not being sufficiently aware that no sort of duplicity can long flourish without the help of vocal falsehoods, he was quite unprepared with invented motives.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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1st useChapter 1.9
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hypothesis
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a study to test her hypothesis
  "...perhaps Mr. Snell's bull got out again, as he did before."
  "I wish he mayn't gore anybody then, that's all," said Jane, not altogether despising a hypothesis which covered a few imaginary calamities.†
hypothesis = a seemingly reasonable, but unproven, explanation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of hypothesis means:
a seemingly reasonable, but unproven idea or explanation based upon known facts
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1st useChapter 2.17
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impetuous
4 uses
"I can't feel as I've got any father but one," said Eppie, impetuously, while the tears gathered.
impetuously = impulsively (without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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1st useChapter 1.1
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inclined
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
no one had seen her shed tears; she was simply grave and inclined to shake her head and sigh, almost imperceptibly,
inclined = had a tendency
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.10
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oblige   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 15 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
I am obliged by law.
At that moment there was a knocking at the door; and Eppie was obliged to rise without answering Silas.
obliged = required (to do something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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2  —2 uses as in:
I obliged her every request.
And you've got a good-natured brother, who'll keep your secret well, because you'll be so very obliging to him.
obliging = helpful or willing to be helpful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
grant a favor to someone
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1st useChapter 1.3
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3  —1 use as in:
I'm much obliged for your kindness
"I'm obliged to you," said the farrier, with a snort of scorn.
obliged = grateful or indebted
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1st useChapter 1.6
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pauper
2 uses
What with mortgages and arrears, I'm as short o' cash as a roadside pauper.
pauper = person who is very poor
DefinitionGenerally pauper means:
someone who is very poor
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1st useChapter 1.9
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remonstrate
2 uses
...Snap occasionally desisting in order to remonstrate with the cat by a cogent worrying growl on the greediness and futility of her conduct; till Eppie relented, caressed them both, and divided the morsel between them.
remonstrate = argue
DefinitionGenerally remonstrate means:
argue, complain, or criticize
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1st useChapter 2.17
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reputable
2 uses
There was Jem Rodney, a known poacher, and otherwise disreputable: he had often met Marner in his journeys across the fields, and had said something jestingly about the weaver's money; nay, he had once irritated Marner, by lingering at the fire when he called to light his pipe, instead of going about his business.
disreputable = person who is not trusted or respected

(Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disreputable means not or opposite. It reverses the meaning of reputable as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
DefinitionGenerally reputable means:
trusted and respected (having a good reputation)
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1st useChapter 1.5
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