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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
I believe also that he will be successful who directs his actions according to the spirit of the times,
according to = in 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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Book14 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
But let us come to Alexander, who was a man of such great goodness, that among the other praises which are accorded him is this, that in the fourteen years he held the empire no one was ever put to death by him unjudged;
accorded = given (special treatment)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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avarice
2 uses
There is first to note that, whereas in other principalities the ambition of the nobles and the insolence of the people only have to be contended with, the Roman emperors had a third difficulty in having to put up with the cruelty and avarice of their soldiers,
avarice = excessive desire for wealth
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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compel
15 uses
The Carthaginians, reduced to extreme necessity, were compelled to come to terms with Agathocles,
compelled = forced
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
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Book15 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5
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complacent
1 use
men are so self-complacent in their own affairs,
complacent = unworried and satisfied
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 23
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
they have brought Italy to slavery and contempt.
contempt = disrespect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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diligent
2 uses
as princes cannot help being hated by someone ... they ought to endeavour with the utmost diligence to avoid the hatred of the most powerful.
diligence = hard work and care
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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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useDed.
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disdain
1 use
there being in the one disdain and in the other suspicion,
disdain = a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 14
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Principalities are either hereditary, in which the family has been long established; or they are new.†
established = set in place
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book7 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
But granted a prince who has established himself as above, who can command, and is a man of courage, undismayed in adversity, who does not fail in other qualifications, and who, by his resolution and energy, keeps the whole people encouraged—such a one will never find himself deceived in them, and it will be shown that he has laid his foundations well.†
established = proven
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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faction
13 uses
During the rioting between the Cancellieri and Panciatichi factions in 1502
factions = sub-groups
DefinitionGenerally faction means:
a sub-group with some interests not shared by the entire group
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Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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impetuous
3 uses
Pope Julius the Second went to work impetuously in all his affairs, and found the times and circumstances conform so well ... that he always met with success.
impetuously = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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innovate
2 uses
Because the innovator has for enemies all those who have done well under the old conditions, and lukewarm defenders in those who may do well under the new.
innovator = someone who brings something new to an environment
DefinitionGenerally innovate means:
bring something new to an environment
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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mitigate
2 uses
as the fact of becoming a prince from a private station presupposes either ability or fortune, it is clear that one or other of these things will mitigate ... many difficulties.
mitigate = make less harmful
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 6
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oppress
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
oppressive government
...the people do not wish to be ruled nor oppressed by the nobles,
oppressed = dominated harshly and unfairly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oppress means:
to dominate harshly and unfairly; or to make suffer
The meaning of oppress depends upon its context. For example:
  • "The authorities oppress political activists," or "The new nation oppressed Native Americans." — to dominate harshly and unfairly
  • "She is oppressed by excessive debt." - made to suffer
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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prudent
7 uses
Neither could you have a better or a more prudent arrangement, or a greater source of security to the king and kingdom.
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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reproach
11 uses
princes ought to leave affairs of reproach to the management of others, and keep those of grace in their own hands.
reproach = criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 19
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repudiate
1 use
the empire has recently come to be repudiated in Italy,
repudiated = strongly rejected
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 12
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superfluous
2 uses
If, therefore, all the steps taken by the duke be considered, it will be seen that he laid solid foundations for his future power, and I do not consider it superfluous to discuss them, because I do not know what better precepts to give a new prince than the example of his actions;
superfluous = more than is desired
DefinitionGenerally superfluous means:
more than is needed, desired, or required
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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valor
20 uses
For the old Roman valour is not dead,
valour = courage when facing danger (especially in battle)

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use valor.)
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
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Book20 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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