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allude
1 use
I must allude to talks we have had together—bring back some remembered scene.†
allude = to make an indirect reference
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attain
4 uses
We have attained our desire.†
attained = gained or reached something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
...born entire, out of hatred, out of discord.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
Each sang stridently, with passion, with vehemence, as if to let the song burst out of it, no matter if it shattered the song of another bird with harsh discord.
discord = sounding bad in combination
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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discredit
2 uses
How shall I break up this numbness which discredits my sympathetic heart?
discredits = damages the reputation of
DefinitionGenerally discredit means:
damage the reputation of — often causing distrust of or disbelief in
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discriminate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
discriminating taste
Now I could swear that I like people pouring profusely out of the Tube when the day's work is done, unanimous, indiscriminate, uncounted.†
indiscriminate = without recognition of differences

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in indiscriminate means not and reverses the meaning of discriminate. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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disdain
2 uses
Louis, glancing, tripping with the high step of a disdainful crane, picks up words as if in sugar-tongs.†
disdainful = full of disrespect
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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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
elaborate on your plan
Out rush a bristle of horned suspicions, horror, horror, horror—but what is the use of painfully elaborating these consecutive sentences when what one needs is nothing consecutive but a bark, a groan?†
elaborating = adding details or explaining in detail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
add details or explain in detail
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ephemeral
2 uses
But I am aware of our ephemeral passage.
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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erratic
4 uses
In the garden the birds that had sung erratically and spasmodically in the dawn on that tree, on that bush, now sang together in chorus, shrill and sharp; now together, as if conscious of companionship, now alone as if to the pale blue sky.†
erratically = in a manner that is irregular or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally erratic means:
irregular or unpredictable
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furtive
9 uses
Let me visit furtively the treasures I have laid apart.†
furtively = while taking pains to avoid being observed; or in a nervous manner (as though hoping not to be seen)
DefinitionGenerally furtive means:
taking pains to avoid being observed

or:

in a manner indicating nervousness (being cautious or appearing suspicious)
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hoard
6 uses
But I attach myself only to names and faces; and hoard them like amulets against disaster.†
hoard = gathers something valuable and stores it
DefinitionGenerally hoard means:
to gather something valuable and store it; or a collection of such things
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incessant
8 uses
The telegraph poles bob up incessantly; one is felled, another rises.†
incessantly = continuously
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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indulge
4 uses
Am I not indulging in unwarranted emotions?†
indulging = enjoying to excess
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
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innumerable
10 uses
He is shaded with innumerable perplexities, or he would go with them to play cricket, and would lie in the grass, watching the sky, and would start when the ball was hit.†
innumerable = too numerous to be counted
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irrelevant
4 uses
The bell is pressed and I do not ring or give out irrelevant clamours all jangled.†
irrelevant = not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
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mean
1 use
That is the mean; that is the average.
mean = average
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mean means:
the average number
For example, the mean of 1 & 3 is 2.
More generally, the mean of n numbers is computed by dividing the sum of the numbers by n; for example, the mean of 1, 2, and 6
= (1+2+6) / 3
= 9 / 3
= 3
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minute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size
But let me dip again and bring up in my spoon another of these minute objects which we call optimistically, "characters of our friends"—Louis.†
minute = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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mitigate
5 uses
There were the floating, pale-grey clouds; and the immitigable tree; the implacable tree with its greaved silver bark.†
immitigable = impossible to make less harmful or unpleasant

(Editor's note:  The prefix "im-" in immitigable means not and reverses the meaning of mitigable. This prefix is sometimes used before words beginning with "M" or "P" as seen in words like immoral, immature, and impossible.)
DefinitionGenerally mitigate means:
make less harmful or unpleasant
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scorn
5 uses
But when I get up, brushing the crumbs from my waistcoat, I slip too large a tip, a shilling, under the edge of my plate, so that she may not find it till I am gone, and her scorn, as she picks it up with laughter, may not strike on me till I am past the swing-doors.†
scorn = disrespect or reject as not good enough
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