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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 79 uses
1  —73 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Only then will you be acting in accordance with the moral law within you.
accordance = keeping with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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Book73 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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2  —6 uses as in:
done of her own accord
people in his time were deeply fascinated by machines and the workings of clocks, which appeared to have the ability to function of their own accord.
own accord = own mind (voluntarily without anyone making it do so)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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aesthetic
11 uses
In his aesthetics he investigated what happens when we are overwhelmed by beauty—in a work of art, for instance.
aesthetics = study of beauty
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 25
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ascetic
1 use
In ancient Greece, too, there were many people who believed in an ascetic, or religiously secluded, way of life for the salvation of the soul.
ascetic = someone who practices self-denial (especially to encourage spiritual growth)
DefinitionGenerally ascetic means:
someone who practices self-denial (often to encourage spiritual growth); or relating to such self-denial

or:

severely plain (without decoration)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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capitalism
26 uses
Many people still live under inhuman conditions while they continue to produce commodities that make capitalists richer and richer.
capitalists = people who believe in an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment

or:

people who are wealthy and clearly benefit from an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses
DefinitionGenerally capitalism means:
an economic system based on private ownership of property and businesses, and on voluntary exchange in a competitive environment — with the belief that voluntary exchanges harness inborn self-interest in millions of decisions that benefit society
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Book26 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 28
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correspond   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 17 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
corresponding time period
Plato's point was that the relationship between the darkness of the cave and the world beyond corresponds to the relationship between the forms of the natural world and the world of ideas.
corresponds = are similar (one is equivalent to the other)
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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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 10
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2  —2 uses as in:
corresponding by email
During her reading Sophie glanced out of the window several times to see whether her mysterious correspondent had turned up at the mailbox.
correspondent = someone who communicates in writing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
communicate by writing letters or email
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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3  —3 uses as in:
a correspondence course
Although it was embarrassing enough, it would be even worse if her mother found out that she was doing a correspondence course with a complete stranger, a philosopher who was playing hide-and-seek with her.
correspondence = done from afar (by mailing letters, reports, etc.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspondence means:
done from afar
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
A naturalistic scientist will exclusively rely on natural phenomena—not on either rationalistic suppositions or any form of divine revelation.
divine = from God
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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enigma
9 uses
A lot of age-old enigmas have now been explained by science.
enigmas = things that are mysterious and seem unexplainable
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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Book9 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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ephemeral
1 use
a lot of people were concerned with ... the ephemeral nature of things.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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immaterial
1 use
Truths like those can be both 'objective' and 'general,' but they are nevertheless totally immaterial to each man's existence.
immaterial = not important, or not relevant
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27
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immutable
27 uses
A philosopher, as we have seen, tries to grasp something that is eternal and immutable.
immutable = not subject to change
DefinitionGenerally immutable means:
unchangeable
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Book27 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 29
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indolent
1 use
It was once said that 'idleness is the ideal of genius, and indolence the virtue of the Romantic.'
indolence = laziness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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innate
34 uses
But we also have an innate power of reason.
innate = present at birth
DefinitionGenerally innate means:
of a quality:  present at birth; or arising from within rather than having been learned or acquired
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Book34 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
In short, we can only have inexact conceptions of things we perceive with our senses.
perceive = become aware of (in this case, by seeing, hearing, smelling, feeling, or tasting)
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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 9
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perception
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
perception of external stimuli
Hume opposed all thoughts and ideas that could not be traced back to corresponding sense perceptions.
perceptions = something sensed (in this case by seeing, hearing, touching, feeling, or smelling)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perception means:
something that someone senses; or the act of sensing
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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repress
19 uses
Freud believed that the dream was a "disguised fulfillment of a repressed wish."
repressed = something held back (in this case, not acknowledged as existing)
DefinitionGenerally repress means:
to hold something back

or:

to subjugate (oppress or hold others down)
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Book19 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 30
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repudiate
1 use
And precisely because what they "see" is so vague, it is hard to repudiate fortune-tellers' claims.
repudiate = strongly reject
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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stoic
24 uses
Even today we use the term "stoic calm" about someone who does not let his feelings take over.
stoic = seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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Book24 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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