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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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Book2 uses
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) — such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else
  • to indicate the source of an idea or quotation
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.7
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censure
1 use
Raveloe was not a place where moral censure was severe, but it was thought a weakness in the Squire that he had kept all his sons at home in idleness;
censure = criticism
DefinitionGenerally censure means:
harsh criticism; or formal criticism from an organization — such as the U.S. Senate
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1st useChapter 1.3
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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
Library24 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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Book6 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.1
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credulous
1 use
The advocates of the tinder-box-and-pedlar view considered the other side a muddle-headed and credulous set,
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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1st useChapter 1.10
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direct   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 9 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
depart directly
In his truthful simple soul, not even the growing greed and worship of gold could beget any vice directly injurious to others.†
directly = immediately (in a straightforward manner)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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2  —4 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
To the peasants of old times, the world outside their own direct experience was a region of vagueness and mystery:†
direct = personal (first-hand)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
—including such senses as:
  • straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • exact (without other factors)
  • close (with other factors minimized)
  • personal (without other people in between)
  • unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • of a look: straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
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Book4 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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3  —3 uses as in:
was direct in my instructions
Silas had never before been closely urged on the point of his absence from church, which had only been thought of as a part of his general queerness; and he was too direct and simple to evade Dolly's appeal.†
direct = straightforward (open and honest)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.10
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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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erudite
1 use
The same sort of process has perhaps been undergone by wiser men, when they have been cut off from faith and love—only, instead of a loom and a heap of guineas, they have had some erudite research, some ingenious project, or some well-knit theory.
erudite = deep scholarly
DefinitionGenerally erudite means:
having or showing deep scholarly knowledge
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1st useChapter 1.2
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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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imply
9 uses
He dared not do anything that would imply a stronger interest in a poor man's adopted child than could be expected from the kindliness of the young Squire,
imply = suggest
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Book9 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1.8
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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 (obligated) to do something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oblige means:
require (obligate) to do something
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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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parish
25 uses
The inhabitants of Raveloe were not severely regular in their church-going, and perhaps there was hardly a person in the parish who would not have held that to go to church every Sunday in the calendar would have shown a greedy desire to stand well with Heaven,
parish = a local church community
DefinitionGenerally parish means:
a local church community

or in Louisiana:  a jurisdiction of government like a county
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1st useChapter 1.1
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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 in protest or opposition
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1st useChapter 2.17
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