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abundant
3 uses
My army did not rape, only taking food where there was an abundance.†
abundance = large amount or quantity
DefinitionGenerally abundant means:
present in great quantity
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Pine needles covered the floor in thick patterns; someone had carefully arranged the yellow, green, and brown pine needles according to age.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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Book2 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
Recently I asked the postman for special-issue stamps; I've waited since childhood for postmen to give me some of their own accord.†
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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alias
1 use
I looked at my parents' aliases and their birthdays, which variants I knew.
aliases = alternative names
DefinitionGenerally alias means:
an alternative name
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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apprentice
3 uses
He was not an apprentice.†
apprentice = one who works for an expert to learn a trade; or (as a verb) performance of that kind of work
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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benevolent
4 uses
It hexed the boys, who would or would not ask me to dance, and made them less scary and as familiar and deserving of benevolence as girls.†
benevolence = kindness and goodwill
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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coincide
1 use
On the fourth and fifth days, my eyesight sharp with hunger, I saw deer and used their trails when our ways coincided.†
coincided = to be similar — especially to happen at the same time or place
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2
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demure
4 uses
They're so demure, they barely talk.†
demure = modest, quiet, and shy; or pretending such in a playful way
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 4
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disdain
1 use
"If you're so sure," said an impertinent girl, perhaps the one with the disdainful chin, "why don't you go out there and take a look?"†
disdainful = full of disrespect
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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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evoke
1 use
The ghost might hear her too; she did not know whether her voice would evoke it or disperse it.†
evoke = call forth or cause
DefinitionGenerally evoke means:
to call forth or cause — typically to arouse an emotion or bring a memory to mind
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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opera
10 uses
Opera singers, who begin their training at age five, sleep in beds like this.†
opera = a musical play with orchestra in which most of the dialogue is sung (or the art form that consists of such musicals; or describing something as related to that art form)
DefinitionGenerally opera means:
a musical play with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung — (typically associated with classical music and often in a language foreign to the audience)

or:

the art form (or describing something as related to it) that consists of musical plays with orchestra in which most dialogue is sung
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Book10 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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peasant
11 uses
I saw one young fighter salute his opponent-and five peasants hit him from behind with scythes and hammers.†
peasants = used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  people of low income, education, and social standing — especially those who raise crops or livestock
DefinitionGenerally peasant means:
used historically or possibly in relation to a very poor country:  a person of low income, education, and social standing — especially one who raises crops or livestock
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Book11 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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phenomenon
1 use
She could find descriptions of phenomena in ancient writings-the Green Phoenix stories, "The Seven Strange Tales of the Golden Bottle," "What Confucius Did Not Talk About."†
phenomena = things that exists or happened — often of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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prodigal
1 use
could such people engender a prodigal aunt?
prodigal = wasteful
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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rectify
1 use
I want you to make them rectify their crime.
rectify = fix (make right)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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refugee
5 uses
When we had to impress other armies-marauders, columns of refugees filing past one another, boy gangs following their martial arts teachers-I mounted and rode in front.†
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
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
Some of the people are saying the Eight sages took you away to teach you magic,
sages = wise people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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scorn
2 uses
Scorn it.†
scorn = disrespect or reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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tact
1 use
After what she thought was a suitably tactful pause, she said, "How do we know that ghosts are the continuance of dead people?†
tactful = to say or handle things in a way that makes others feel good about them
DefinitionGenerally tact means:
the ability or act of saying or handling things in such a way that others feel good about them
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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wrest
3 uses
Deny accidents and wrest fault from the stars.†
wrest = obtain with difficult effort or force
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3
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