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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
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Book14 uses
Library46 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
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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allege
4 uses
when he had been arrested and tortured for his alleged complicity in the Boscoli conspiracy.
alleged = asserted (said) without proof
DefinitionGenerally allege means:
claim (asserted without proof)
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 13
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astute
2 uses
The worst that a prince may expect from a hostile people is to be abandoned by them; but from hostile nobles he has not only to fear abandonment, but also that they will rise against him; for they, being in these affairs more far-seeing and astute, always come forward in time to save themselves, and to obtain favours from him whom they expect to prevail.
astute = smart and perceptive
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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clemency
4 uses
Coming now to the other qualities mentioned above, I say that every prince ought to desire to be considered clement and not cruel.
clement = lenient (kindness or mercy) toward offenders
DefinitionGenerally this sense of clemency means:
mercy
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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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
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5
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complacent
1 use
men are so self-complacent in their own affairs,
complacent = 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 — often accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
destruction is deferred only so long as the attack is
deferred = postponed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12
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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
Library8 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
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
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
Library5 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
Library5 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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mercenary
16 uses
1  —16 uses as in:
a mercenary soldier
The armies of the French have thus become mixed, partly mercenary and partly national,
mercenary = foreigners hired to fight
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mercenary means:
a person hired to fight for a country other than their own
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Book16 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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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
Library2 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 (as in "oppressive government")

or:

to deny equal rights to others or make them suffer (as in "The government oppresses minorities.")
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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prudent
11 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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Book11 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
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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valor
20 uses
For the old Roman valour is not dead,
valour = courage when facing danger (especially in battle)
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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