toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

The Three Musketeers

Top-Ranked Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

instructions
contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
there is a contrast
"My faith!" replied d'Artagnan, "you are well named, gentlemen; and my adventure, if it should make any noise, will prove at least that your union is not founded upon contrasts."†
contrasts = differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 31.
Web Links
2  —2 uses as in:
it is a contrast
This other Musketeer formed a perfect contrast to his interrogator, who had just designated him by the name of Aramis.†
contrast = something notably different compared (to something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
something noticeably different (compared to something else or to other things)
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.
Web Links
convey   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 18 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
convey her thoughts
This last expression of Richelieu's conveyed a terrible doubt; it alarmed d'Artagnan more than a menace would have done, for it was a warning.†
conveyed = communicated or expressed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convey means:
communicate or express
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 7.
Web Links
2  —13 uses as in:
convey her safely to
What was most pressing was to get Mme. Bonacieux away, and convey her to a place of safety, and there, if matters required, make her a hostage.†
convey = transport
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8.
Web Links
descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
Don Quixote took windmills for giants, and sheep for armies; d'Artagnan took every smile for an insult, and every look as a provocation—whence it resulted that from Tarbes to Meung his fist was constantly doubled, or his hand on the hilt of his sword; and yet the fist did not descend upon any jaw, nor did the sword issue from its scabbard.†
descend = attack
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.
Web Links
direct   (6 meanings)
6 meanings, 34 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
depart directly
Request him to come here directly.†
directly = immediately
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
without delay, or in the quickest manner, or without going somewhere else first
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.
Web Links
2  —3 uses as in:
directly above; or buy direct from
In fact, the blow was direct and severe.†
direct = on target
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straight (exactly where stated); or without involvement of anything in between
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "The road runs directly to Las Vegas." — straight (without varying from a straight line)
  • "It was a direct hit." — exact
  • "The plant is in direct sunlight." — unobstructed (without anything in between)
  • "She wants a direct meeting with him." — personal (without other people in between)
  • "She paid direct attention to what he was reading." — close
  • "a direct gaze" — straight, steady, or focused—not a brief glance taken while generally looking at other things; not a sideways look
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library62 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13.
Web Links
3  —1 use as in:
was direct in my instructions
The king, attacked in a manner so direct, did not know what to answer; and he thought that this was the moment for expressing the desire which he was not going to have made until the evening before the fete.†
direct = straightforward (specific and to the point)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
straightforward (uncomplicated or simple — perhaps also indicating openness and honesty)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17.
Web Links
4  —18 uses as in:
directed her question to
Felton made a slight bow, and directed his steps toward the door.†
directed = aimed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
to indicate direction; or to cause movement or focus in a direction or towards an object
The exact meaning of this sense of direct is subject to its context. For example:
  • "intentionally directed fire at unarmed civilians" — aimed a gun
  • "directed the question to her" — aimed a question
  • "directed her north" — pointed in a particular direction
  • "directed attention to the 3rd paragraph" — focused attention on a particular object
  • "The sound of her voice directed him to the kitchen." — guided or gave directions to someone to help them move to a particular place
  • "She directed him to the airport." — gave directions to send someone to a particular place
  • "She directed the boat north." — steered it
  • "directed the letter to" — send a letter to a particular person by putting a name and address on it
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library36 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 16.
Web Links
5  —2 uses as in:
directed the jury to...
Patrick galloped off, reached the duke, and announced to him in the terms directed that a messenger awaited him.†
directed = instructed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
give instructions or commands
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.
Web Links
6  —3 uses as in:
directed the movie
I will write a letter today to the Director of the Royal Academy, and tomorrow he will admit you without any expense to yourself.†
director = supervisor (person in charge)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-or" often converts a verb to a noun that means "a person who."  This is the pattern you see in words like actor, editor, and visitor.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of direct means:
supervise, control, or to be in charge of
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.
Web Links
disdain
14 uses
Milady had listened to all this menacing tirade with a smile of disdain on her lips, but rage in her heart.
disdain = a lack of respect (indicating that she is above such talk)
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.
Web Links
edict
7 uses
Indeed, the name of Bernajoux was known to all the world, d'Artagnan alone excepted, perhaps; for it was one of those which figured most frequently in the daily brawls which all the edicts of the cardinal could not repress.
edicts = orders
DefinitionGenerally edict means:
an order — typically a formal proclamation or a legally binding court decree
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.
Web Links
ephemeral
2 uses
the ephemeral flower
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11.
Web Links
Monsieur
735 uses
A letter addressed to Monsieur de Treville, captain of the Musketeers.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
Word Statistics
Book735 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.
Web Links
perfidy
8 uses
The poor young woman was too pure to suppose that any female could be guilty of such perfidy;
perfidy = betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17.
Web Links
prudent
25 uses
It is not courage that is needed; it is prudence.
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9.
Web Links
venerate
3 uses
By your glorious father, and by yourself, whom I love and venerate above all the world, I swear it.
venerate = regard with feelings of respect and reverence
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.
Web Links
yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 19 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
...the fortifications through which Athos had made a breach in order to get out, and which were composed of fagots, planks, and empty casks, heaped up according to all the rules of the strategic art, they found, swimming in puddles of oil and wine, the bones and fragments of all the hams they had eaten; while a heap of broken bottles filled the whole left-hand corner of the cellar, and a tun, the cock of which was left running, was yielding, by this means, the last drop of its blood.†
yielding = producing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 27.
Web Links
2  —18 uses as in:
yield to pressure
At the same moment the door of the cell yielded to a shock, rather than opened; several men rushed into the chamber.†
yielded = gave way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.
Web Links
Go to Book Menu
Take Pre-Reading Quiz
† 
Sample usage followed by this mark was not checked by an editor. Please let us know if you spot a problem.
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.