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abyss
10 uses
Sludge slurped and rolled around the rock island, the eternal oozing and shifting that marked this layer of the Abyss.†
abyss = a hole or dropoff so deep the bottom cannot be seen — often used figuratively to imply a frightening bottomless pit
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Book10 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePrel
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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
Drizzt considered it the curse of his heritage that no matter how many years he remained among the surface dwellers his body would never fully adapt to the sunlight.†
adapt = change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 2
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adrenaline
3 uses
A new surge of adrenalin sent the weary army in full flight to the rescue of their comrades.†
Adrenalin = a trademark name for the chemical that is the "fight or flight" stimulating hormone secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress
DefinitionGenerally adrenaline means:
"fight or flight" stimulating hormone secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress (making the body feel excited and ready for action)
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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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agony
10 uses
Heafstaag howled in agony and launched a backhand swing in retaliation.†
agony = intense suffering
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
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Book10 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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alliance
14 uses
"Unless we form an alliance," Regis continued in the same urgent tones, "the horde will overrun our communities one by one, slaughtering any who dare to oppose them!"†
alliance = association formed to support common interests
DefinitionGenerally alliance means:
an association formed to support common interests
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Book14 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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apprentice
20 uses
Never again would he be taunted by the other apprentices, boys much younger than he who climbed through the ranks in the guild step by tedious step.†
apprentices = one who works for an expert to learn a trade; or (as a verb) performance of that kind of work
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Book20 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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ascend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
ascend the mountain
With Guenhwyvar close at his side, he slipped silently from shadow to shadow, and when the two companions had ascended the stairs and were on the landing before the door to the third level, Drizzt was more relaxed.†
ascended = climbed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ascend means:
to move or slope upward — sometimes figuratively as when climbing the corporate ladder
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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condescending
2 uses
"Come, boy," he instructed, using the condescending title to stir up the barbarian's pride.
condescending = a manner that treats others as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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consequence
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Consequently, the Formalities were pared down more and more each time the group gathered, and there had even been talk of eliminating them altogether.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book9 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 1
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
He had seen some minor discord and name-calling
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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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dismay
10 uses
But he wasn't overly dismayed.†
dismayed = to feel sadness, disappointment, or worry — typically in response to something surprising
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Book10 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useBook 1
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Once they had established themselves on the land, Jensin Brent brought them together in a tight formation and turned them south.†
established = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book3 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 3
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grave
1 use
This time, though, the halfling's business was so grave that it dampened even his ever-lifted spirits.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 1
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heed
13 uses
He came to accept his penance with stoicism, heeding Bruenor's commands without question or complaint.†
heeding = paying close attention to; or doing what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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heritage
11 uses
He'd been luckier than most; he'd found a few friends who could look beyond his heritage and see his true character.†
heritage = something handed down from the past
DefinitionGenerally heritage means:
something handed down from the past
in various senses, including:
  • traditions — as in "Americans inherit a heritage of freedom"
  • cultural practices — as in "Hospitality to strangers is part of Arabic cultural heritage."
  • physical items built and/or protected from long ago — as in "The cathedral is a World Heritage site," or "The national parks are part of our heritage as Americans."
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Book11 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
He had been able to create a dozen excuses to validate his choice of sending the giants, but in truth, he had sent Biggrin's people more to illustrate his undeniable command to himself, to the shard, and to the impertinent demon, than for any possible military gains.†
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useBook 2
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ponder
15 uses
But now he pondered the quality of his life.†
pondered = thought deeply or carefully about
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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Book15 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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refugee
17 uses
They were a poor remnant of what had once been a thriving dwarven society, a band of refugees beaten and broken by the loss of their homeland and heritage.†
refugees = people who fled their homeland
DefinitionGenerally refugee means:
someone who has fled their homeland to getaway from a dangerous or difficult situation; or related to such people
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Book17 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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retort
20 uses
"Who indeed?" retorted Jensin Brent, now a bit of fluster showing through his calm facade.†
retorted = quickly replied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book20 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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somber
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a somber mood
"And to you, Wulfgar," Drizzt replied somberly.
somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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