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accompany   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
accompany on the journey
Roran knew that he risked being recognized by accompanying them, but their mission was too important for him to neglect.†
accompanying = traveling with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to travel along with
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2  —1 use as in:
illness and accompanying symptoms
I accept, as you accept all the responsibilities accompanying the station.†
accompanying = that go with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accompany means:
to be present with at the same time and/or location
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aesthetic
1 use
A few elves have gone beyond mere aesthetic changes and altered their anatomy to adapt to various environments, as you will see during the Blood-oath Celebration.
aesthetic = related to beauty or taste
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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alacrity
1 use
Displaying a surprising amount of alacrity, strength, and flexibility, she clambered over the many rows of breastwork the dwarves had engineered, swinging from pole to pole, leaping over trenches, and finally running...
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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ascetic
1 use
Not only that, but his features had become far more angled, giving him an ascetic, hawklike appearance.
ascetic = severely plain (without decoration)
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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belligerent
1 use
"So you say," challenged Orik, ever more belligerent.
belligerent = hostile (with the attitude of one eager to fight)
DefinitionGenerally belligerent means:
hostile (the attitude of one eager to fight); or one already engaged in a fight or war
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benevolent
3 uses
...the benevolent rule of King Galbatorix, he who sacrifices himself day and night for the good of his people.
benevolent = kind or charitable
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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bronze
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
Eragon watched as Oromis strode into his hut and then reappeared, looking fierce and warlike with his silver mane rippling in the wind and his bronze sword in hand.†
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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contrite
2 uses
...though nothing in her demeanor expressed contrition.
contrition = sorrow or regret for a fault or offense

(editor's note:  In this context, demeanor is a synonym for appearance.)
DefinitionGenerally contrite means:
feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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discern
10 uses
He stopped at the edge of a puddle and bent to examine his reflection, curious if he could discern what made him so different.
discern = to notice or understand something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
Eragon frowned; a note of discord had entered the minds he was monitoring.
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
After that the only sound was the discordant music of the dwarves honing their blades.
discordant = unpleasant sounding
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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disdain
1 use
As they walked, he stared at Sabrae, ... and Falberd-noting their half-smiles, smugness, and on Sabrae's part, outright disdain.
disdain = 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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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
We have little time at our disposal, and this is the fastest way for you to learn.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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inhibit
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
inhibited the growth of...
Elves can't lie in the ancient language, but they have no such inhibition in ours-she could deny that Ajihad ever uttered those words if it served her purposes.
inhibition = restraint

(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 this sense of inhibit means:
to limit the activity of someone or something
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 13 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
Her resolve weakened.
This time Nasuada answered, "My heart is pure and my resolve is as iron."
resolve = firmness of purpose
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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2  —10 uses as in:
How did you resolve the problem?
"You need to resolve this debate, and quickly too", said Saphira.
resolve = settle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to solve a problem or settle a disagreement
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revere
4 uses
However, Durgrimst Feldunost is perhaps the bravest and most revered of the clans.
revered = deeply respected and admired
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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scrutiny
6 uses
He turned his gaze inward and scrutinized himself to determine what struck the deepest, darkest chords within him.
scrutinized = examined (looked at very carefully)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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trepidation
4 uses
Eragon eyed the inhuman swordsmanship of the other elves with trepidation.
trepidation = nervousness
DefinitionGenerally trepidation means:
nervousness (fear or anxiety about what will happen)
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