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accord   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 100 uses
1  —95 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Each one of us dreams of the unknown and the impossible in accordance with his nature.
accordance = 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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Book95 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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2  —4 uses as in:
done of her own accord
Widowed and orphaned families had no need to summon him; he came of his own accord.
own accord = own mind (voluntarily)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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3  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
He accorded him a little lofty pity.
accorded = gave (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 3.4
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acrimony
2 uses
"I don't like to have people put on airs like that," muttered Favourite, with a good deal of acrimony.
acrimony = anger or bitterness
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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ameliorate
4 uses
Philosophy should be an energy; it should have for effort and effect to ameliorate the condition of man.
ameliorate = improve
DefinitionGenerally ameliorate means:
to improve — especially a bad situation
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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ascetic
6 uses
it is the law of the ascetic.
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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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.7
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augment
35 uses
They confided to each other in an ideal intimacy, which nothing could augment, their most secret and most mysterious thoughts.
augment = increase
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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Book35 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.10
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austere
25 uses
This was a place ... more austere, more gloomy, and more pitiless than the other.
austere = without luxury, comfort, or decoration
DefinitionGenerally austere means:
a notable absence of luxury, comfort, or decoration

or:

of a person:  stern in manner; or practicing great self-denial
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Book25 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.7
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bourgeois
135 uses
The bourgeoisie is simply the contented portion of the people.
bourgeoisie = people with values typical of the middle class
DefinitionGenerally bourgeois means:
typical of the middle class or their values and habits - typically used disapprovingly

or (in Marxist theory):

typical of the property-owning class
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Book135 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.1
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
and slowly descended the stairs, as though hesitating at every step.
descended = moved downward (on)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.7
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disdain
28 uses
These three little girls did not yet reckon up four and twenty years between them, but they already represented the whole society of man; envy on the one side, disdain on the other.
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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Book28 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4.3
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enigma
22 uses
The enigma was more impenetrable than ever.
enigma = something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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Book22 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.2
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epoch
103 uses
It must be remembered, that at that epoch the Gazette des Tribunaux was not yet in existence.
epoch = period of time
DefinitionGenerally epoch means:
a significant period of time
The exact meaning of epoch depends upon its context. For example:
  • "an epoch of scientific discovery" — an historical period
  • "during the Late Jurassic epoch" — a unit of geological time smaller than a period and larger than an age
  • "the epoch moment of the photo" — the time of an astronomical measurement
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Book103 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.1
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 24 uses
1  —21 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
In what manner, in consequence of what prodigy, had any community of life been established between this celestial little creature and that old criminal?†
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book21 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.1
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2  —3 uses as in:
establish that there is a need
The lawyer established the fact that the theft of the apples had not been circumstantially proved.†
established = showed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.7
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
...she experienced a contentment which she did not even perceive, so gently and naturally had it come.
perceive = become aware of
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 4.4
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perfidy
2 uses
The guide made a negative sign with his head, which was probably perfidious.
perfidious = not trustworthy
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.3
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
Night was already sufficiently advanced to render it possible to lose oneself at a little distance and...
render = make
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 5.3
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repudiate
2 uses
It was denounced and repudiated there.
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 4.1
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sagacious
14 uses
Between these four ways, a less sagacious man would have remained undecided.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.3
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