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acquit
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
she acquitted herself well
In that, Brom acquitted himself with distinction.†
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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contrast
6 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
contrast their writing styles
In contrast, Blodhgarm appeared undisturbed; his fur was smooth, his breathing regular, and a faint smile of amusement flickered about the corners of his lips.†
in contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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unquizzed meaning  —2 uses
defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
For the present, however, it must remain a deferred pleasure.
deferred = postponed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
When it came to matters of Durgrimst Ingeitum, I would defer to you, but in all else, you would have no hold over me.
defer = submit to your wishes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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delectable
1 use
What a sweet and succulent morsel: so soft, so salty, so deliciously delectable, it makes me want to wiggle with delight.
delectable = extremely pleasing — especially to the sense of taste or to the eye
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Eager to escape before the lot of them could descend upon him, Eragon slipped away between the rows of tents, pleased with what he had accomplished.†
descend = attack
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
...Eragon was convinced that taking Sloan back with them would sow [make grow] 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
raising their voices in a discordant melody
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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dispose
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
And if Oromis and I should fall in battle, our knowledge and experience, and also my strength, shall still be at your disposal.†
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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elucidate
1 use
Unfortunately, I cannot elucidate either of his statements.
elucidate = explain (make clear)
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establish   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Or rather, capture, torture, and then kill us, none of which are conducive to establishing a close relationship.†
establishing = creating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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2  —1 use as in:
establish that there is a need
The scenes diverged from established fact, however, and immersed him in imaginary situations constructed piecemeal from fragments of what had actually been.†
established = known
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
show or determine (cause to be recognized or figure out)
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however   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 154 uses
1  —142 uses as in:
However, complications may...
However, Oromis and Glaedr have just died, slain in battle over Gil'ead.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —9 uses as in:
However much she tried...
However many you slew here today, I-†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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3  —3 uses as in:
However you do it, get it done!
Eager to lighten her burden however he could, Eragon glanced about the ground nearest him and then murmured so softly as to be inaudible, "Loivissa."†
however = in whatever way
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minute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size
Bending forward, he discerned the same collection of bumps, grooves, pits, veins, and other minute details with which he had adorned the original version of the plant; the only difference was they were now made of gold.†
minute = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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mollify
2 uses
Eragon apologized, and appearing somewhat mollified, Rhunon handed the sword back to him.
mollified = calmed
DefinitionGenerally mollify means:
calm someone who is or may become angry or upset
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novel
1 use
It was a novel experience not to be the object of people's curious stares and whispered comments.†
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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privation
1 use
She is unused to such privations as these, and she has yet to reconcile herself to them.
privations = things that are lacking which are needed to live in a satisfactory manner
DefinitionGenerally privation means:
lack of basic things needed to live in a satisfactory manner
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taint
1 use
Yet, to his surprise, his triumph was bittersweet, tainted by an unexpected sense of loss.
tainted = spoiled (made less desirable)
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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