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Nine Princes in Amber

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acquire
4 uses
The car was quite tall now, and we had somewhere acquired a hood ornament in the shape of a flamingo.†
acquired = obtained (came into possession of)
DefinitionGenerally acquire means:
obtain (come into the possession of something)
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1st useChapter 4
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acquit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she acquitted herself well
Whatever else you might say of Bleys, on that day he acquitted himself as became his rank.†
acquitted = handled (conducted or behaved)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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1st useChapter 7
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agitate
1 use
"Yes?" he said, and his voice was agitated.†
agitated = not calm; or stirred up (often emotionally)
DefinitionGenerally agitate means:
to stir up or shake — emotionally (as when people are angered or upset) or physically (as when a washing machine cleans clothes)
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1st useChapter 6
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ambivalent
1 use
There was ambivalence in my heart.†
ambivalence = uncertainty, indecision, or state of having mixed feelings about something
DefinitionGenerally ambivalent means:
having mixed feelings about something — such as when part of you wants to do something and part of you does not
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1st useChapter 3
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
Then this is the first time a son of Amber has ever said such a thing, and I attribute it to your poetic temperament.†
attribute = credit (point to as the source of something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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ballad
6 uses
"I doubt it," she said, "for the ballads of Corwin do touch upon the strings of the heart."†
ballads = a song (or poem) that tells a story
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1st useChapter 5
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context
1 use
Why did all these things rush back so easily when I viewed the cards-rush back without dragging their contexts along with them?†
contexts = the settings or situations in which things occur
DefinitionGenerally context means:
the setting or situation in which something occurs
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1st useChapter 3
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coronation
10 uses
I was worried, but with the impending Coronation, it seemed about the only course available to us, and I decided to go along for the whole ride.†
coronation = a ceremony of installing a new monarch (new king or queen)
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1st useChapter 6
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imply
2 uses
I didn't want to sound like a dunce or a withholder of crucial information, but I had to tell him, for my sake as well as his own, when I realized what her statements implied.†
implied = suggested (said indirectly)
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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1st useChapter 3
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irony
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
  "I must say I didn't expect to see you here."
  "I know," I fibbed, "but here I am, to thank you for your sisterly kindness and care." I let a slight note of irony sound within the sentence...
irony = saying one thing while meaning something else
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
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1st useChapter 2
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malicious
1 use
Only the dangerous, the malicious might walk that pathway.†
malicious = wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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1st useChapter 10
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nevertheless
2 uses
Nevertheless.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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nostalgia
2 uses
The word was charged with a mighty longing and a massive nostalgia.†
nostalgia = longing for something past
DefinitionGenerally nostalgia means:
happiness that come with the memory of good times combined with a hint of sadness that those times are over
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1st useChapter 3
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parry
13 uses
I parried and cut a few times.†
parried = avoided
DefinitionGenerally parry means:
to avoid — especially to deflect (cause something to change direction)
in 2 primary senses:
  • to avoid an attack — especially a physical attack as when deflecting the thrust of a sword
  • to avoid answering a question with a clever response that directs attention elsewhere
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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perceptive
1 use
"Perceptive brother," I replied.†
perceptive = to be better at noticing or realizing things than most people
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1st useChapter 6
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perish
2 uses
Then mine, should he perish.†
perish = die, be destroyed, or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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phenomenon
1 use
My mind must have added that touch to the phenomenon, to try to rationalize it at least a bit.†
phenomenon = something that exists or happened — often of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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recollect
3 uses
It is to restore his remembrance that we have come here, to bring back his recollection of the old days, that he might oppose Eric in Amber.†
recollection = memory

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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subsequent
2 uses
This had been subsequent to an auto accident some fifteen or so days past, in which I had suffered broken bones which no longer troubled me.†
subsequent = following something else
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1st useChapter 2
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vengeance
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
vengeance is mine
"I have been wondering," he replied, "whether you were out for vengeance, pure and simple, or something more," thereby shifting the ball back to me, to answer or not to answer, as I saw fit.†
vengeance = the act of taking revenge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of vengeance means:
the act of taking revenge

(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
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1st useChapter 4
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