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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 31 uses
1  —30 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
This indulgence was in accordance with the general policy of the red man, who well knew, moreover, that her trail could have been easily followed in the event of flight.†
accordance = keeping with; or 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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Book30 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
I do not think they will fire on a poor defenceless girl, and I at least may escape, until I shall be ready to go among them of my own accord.†
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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allude
20 uses
Old Hutter, if not equally affected, was moody and silent at this allusion to his wife.†
allusion = an indirect reference

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book20 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 24
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betrothed
36 uses
The last number denoted his betrothed, whom, with the poetry and truth of nature, he described by laying his hand on his own heart.†
betrothed = promised to marry; or the person who has promised to marry
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Book36 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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cease
54 uses
The north wind had ceased—as was usual with the setting of the sun, and a light air arose from the south.
ceased = stopped
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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Book54 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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consequence
53 uses
1  —53 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
To answer without saying more or less than he wished, was consequently a delicate duty.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book53 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 5
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Owing to the distance—rather more than two hundred yards—and the obscurity, Deerslayer had been able barely to distinguish the group, and to see it retiring; but even this dim connection with human forms gave an animation to the scene that was strongly in contrast to the absolute solitude that remained.†
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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2  —4 uses as in:
there is a contrast
The calm of evening was again in singular contrast, while its gathering gloom was in as singular unison with the passions of men.†
contrast = notable difference
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
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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
His countenance remained unmoved;
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
discordant sounds
discordant = unpleasant
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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1st useChapter 15
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dwell
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
In short, the old man viewed the night as critical, and he called on all to get ready as soon as possible, in order to abandon the dwellings temporarily at least, if not forever.†
dwellings = houses or shelters in which people live
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15
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enable
26 uses
This new pause was to enable Deerslayer to survey the singular edifice, which was of a construction so novel as to merit a particular description.†
enable = make 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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Book26 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
These two grim old warriors manifested even more feeling, as they examined the curiously wrought chessman, than had been betrayed by the boy; for, in the case of the latter, recent schooling had interposed its influence; while the men, like all who are sustained by well established characters, were not ashamed to let some of their emotions be discovered.†
established = set (firmly existing)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 14
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grave
16 uses
She put the question as literally as possible, however, and received a grave answer in the affirmative.†
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
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1st useChapter 1
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manifest
33 uses
1  —33 uses as in:
manifest destiny
When he reached the forward end of the scow, he manifested an intention to relieve Deerslayer at the oar, directing the latter to take his own place aft.†
manifested = made obvious (or shown)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book33 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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moccasin
35 uses
I should say that moccasin has a northern look, and comes from beyond the Great Lakes.
moccasin = soft leather shoe traditionally worn by Native Americans
DefinitionGenerally moccasin means:
a soft leather shoe traditionally worn by Native Americans.
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Book35 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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notwithstanding
27 uses
Notwithstanding all these circumstances, the most experienced veteran in forest warfare could not have behaved better.†
notwithstanding = in spite of; or in spite of the thing just mentioned (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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1st useChapter 1
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novel
10 uses
The girl made no answer for some time, but she ceased paddling altogether, as if the novel idea distracted her mind too much to admit of other employment.†
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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precede
12 uses
The man probably expected the fatal blow which was to precede the loss of his scalp; or perhaps he anticipated that this latter act of cruelty would precede his death.†
precede = to go or do before
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
had the effect to render her beauty more striking,
render = make
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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1st useChapter 3
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