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acquisition
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I saw not then what I now clearly perceive, that the acquisitions of Ligeia were gigantic, were astounding; yet I was sufficiently aware of her infinite supremacy to resign myself, with a child-like confidence, to her guidance through the chaotic world of metaphysical investigation at which I was most busily occupied during the earlier years of our marriage.†
acquisitions = things possessed
DefinitionGenerally acquisition means:
obtaining possession of something; or the thing possessed
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allude
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It might have been, too, that in these eyes of my beloved lay the secret to which Lord Verulam alludes.†
alludes = makes an indirect reference
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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anomaly
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There is no point, among the many incomprehensible anomalies of the science of mind, more thrillingly exciting than the fact—never, I believe, noticed in the schools—that, in our endeavors to recall to memory something long forgotten, we often find ourselves upon the very verge of remembrance, without being able, in the end, to remember.†
anomalies = things falling outside of what is normally expected
DefinitionGenerally anomaly means:
something outside of the range of what is normally expected
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contrast
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1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
And of such passion I could form no estimate, save by the miraculous expansion of those eyes which at once so delighted and appalled me—by the almost magical melody, modulation, distinctness and placidity of her very low voice—and by the fierce energy (rendered doubly effective by contrast with her manner of utterance) of the wild words which she habitually uttered.†
by 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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divine
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1  —2 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
...a majesty so divine!
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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enable
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Length of years, and subsequent reflection, have enabled me to trace, indeed, some remote connection between this passage in the English moralist and a portion of the character of Ligeia.†
enabled = made possible
DefinitionGenerally enable means:
to make possible
in various senses, including:
  • to give someone the ability, knowledge, or authority to do something — as in "The study will enable an informed discussion."
  • to activate a computer system for use — as in "You can enable the feature in the Settings Page."
  • to permit someone to repeat bad behavior, so they reinforce the bad pattern — as in "I don't want to enable her drug addiction."
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endeavor
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There is no point, among the many incomprehensible anomalies of the science of mind, more thrillingly exciting than the fact—never, I believe, noticed in the schools—that, in our endeavors to recall to memory something long forgotten, we often find ourselves upon the very verge of remembrance, without being able, in the end, to remember.†
endeavors = attempts; or things attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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external
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Yet not until the last instance, amid the most convulsive writhings of her fierce spirit, was shaken the external placidity of her demeanor.†
external = outside
DefinitionGenerally external means:
outside
in various senses, including:
  • coming from or existing outside a place, organization or thing — as in "external trade"
  • forming or relating to an outside boundary — as in "external walls"
  • on the surface or superficial as contrasted to something that is deep or complete — as in "external appearances"
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fetter
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In the excitement of my opium dreams (for I was habitually fettered in the shackles of the drug) I would call aloud upon her name, during the silence of the night, or among the sheltered recesses of the glens by day, as if, through the wild eagerness, the solemn passion, the consuming ardor of my longing for the departed, I could restore her to the pathway she had abandoned—ah, could it be forever?†
fettered = restrained or hindered
DefinitionGenerally fetter means:
to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
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inquiry
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Was it a playful charge on the part of my Ligeia? or was it a test of my strength of affection, that I should institute no inquiries upon this point? or was it rather a caprice of my own—a wildly romantic offering on the shrine of the most passionate devotion?†
inquiries = questions or investigations
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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mortal
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1  —1 use as in:
mortal body
Ligeia had brought me far more, very far more than ordinarily falls to the lot of mortals.†
mortals = humans (especially merely humans) or people subject to death
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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passage
2 uses
Length of years, and subsequent reflection, have enabled me to trace, indeed, some remote connection between this passage in the English moralist and a portion of the character of Ligeia.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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perceptible
3 uses
There were the same luxurious smoothness of surface, the same scarcely perceptible tendency to the aquiline, the same harmoniously curved nostrils speaking the free spirit.†
perceptible = capable of being noticed
DefinitionGenerally perceptible means:
capable of being noticed — typically because it is different enough or large enough
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pervasive
4 uses
For God is but a great will pervading all things by nature of its intentness.†
pervading = spreading or filling
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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placid
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Of all the women whom I have ever known, she, the outwardly calm, the ever-placid Ligeia, was the most violently a prey to the tumultuous vultures of stern passion.†
placid = calm and not easily excited
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recollect
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And now, while I write, a recollection flashes upon me that I have never known the paternal name of her who was my friend and my betrothed, and who became the partner of my studies, and finally the wife of my bosom.†
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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scrutiny
3 uses
And thus how frequently, in my intense scrutiny of Ligeia's eyes, have I felt approaching the full knowledge of their expression—felt it approaching—yet not quite be mine—and so at length entirely depart!†
scrutiny = careful look or inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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subsequent
4 uses
Length of years, and subsequent reflection, have enabled me to trace, indeed, some remote connection between this passage in the English moralist and a portion of the character of Ligeia.†
subsequent = following something else
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vary
1 use
I gazed with unquiet eye upon the sarcophagi in the angles of the room, upon the varying figures of the drapery, and upon the writhing of the parti-colored fires in the censer overhead.†
varying = differing; or changing
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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writhe
6 uses
A blood-red thing that writhes from out The scenic solitude!†
writhes = moves in a twisting or contorted motion
DefinitionGenerally writhe means:
to move in a twisting or contorted motion — often of a person when struggling or in pain
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