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acquire
3 uses
a philosopher who should go deep enough to acquire the power would attain too lofty a wisdom to stoop to the exercise of it.
acquire = obtain (come into possession of)
DefinitionGenerally acquire means:
obtain (come into the possession of something)
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conjecture
1 use
These questions had such a particular drift that Georgiana began to conjecture that she was already subjected to certain physical influences, either breathed in with the fragrant air or taken with her food.
conjecture = think (based on inconclusive evidence), or guess or suspect
DefinitionGenerally conjecture means:
a conclusion or opinion based on inconclusive evidence; or the act of forming of such a conclusion or opinion
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
...he with a smile, though his countenance was uneasy and displeased.
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
it would produce a discord in Nature
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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distill
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
distill the whisky
He was pale as death, anxious and absorbed, and hung over the furnace as if it depended upon his utmost watchfulness whether the liquid which it was distilling should be the draught of immortal happiness or misery.
distilling = purifying or concentrating
DefinitionGenerally this sense of distill means:
to make a more pure or concentrated liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors (as is done when making whisky or some petroleum products)
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fastidious
1 use
Some fastidious persons ... affirmed that the bloody hand, as they chose to call it, quite destroyed the effect of Georgiana's beauty, and rendered her countenance even hideous.
fastidious = excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
DefinitionGenerally fastidious means:
giving careful attention to detail

or:

excessively concerned with cleanliness or matters of taste
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imbue
1 use
were imbued with...
imbued = filled with
DefinitionGenerally imbue means:
to fill with or diffuse throughout — especially an emotional quality
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immortal
5 uses
...whether the liquid which it was distilling should be the draught of immortal happiness or misery.
immortal = eternal

(editor's note:  In this context, draught is a synonym for a drink or a liquid medicine.)
DefinitionGenerally immortal means:
living or existing forever

or:

someone famous throughout history

or:

someone who will never die — such as a mythological god
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imply
1 use
It was the fatal flaw of humanity which Nature ... stamps ... on all her productions, either to imply that they are temporary and finite, or that ...
imply = say indirectly
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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induce   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
induce symptoms
It was a sensation in the fatal birthmark, not painful, but which induced a restlessness throughout her system.
induced = caused
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to cause something to arise or happen
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2  —1 use as in:
induce her to
"I submit," replied she calmly. "And, Aylmer, I shall quaff whatever draught you bring me; but it will be on the same principle that would induce me to take a dose of poison if offered by your hand."
induce = persuade (convince)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of induce means:
to persuade somebody to do something
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invariably
3 uses
At all the seasons which should have been their happiest, he invariably ... reverted to this one disastrous topic.
invariably = always
DefinitionGenerally invariably means:
never changing; or always the same
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mortal
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
mortal body
The fatal hand had grappled with the mystery of life, and was the bond by which an angelic spirit kept itself in union with a mortal frame.
mortal = merely human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
Yet, had Alymer reached a profounder wisdom, he need not thus have flung away the happiness which...
profounder = deeper
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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2  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
loved him more profoundly than ever
profoundly = intensely
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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render
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
...the bloody hand, as they chose to call it, quite destroyed the effect of Georgiana's beauty, and rendered her countenance even hideous.
rendered = made or caused to become
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
"It is resolved, then," said Georgiana, faintly smiling.
resolved = decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
He had fancied himself with his servant Aminadab, attempting an operation for the removal of the birthmark; but the deeper went the knife, the deeper sank the hand, until at length its tiny grasp appeared to have caught hold of Georgiana's heart; whence, however, her husband was inexorably resolved to cut or wrench it away.
resolved = determined (having firm purpose)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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superficial
2 uses
"Oh, no," hastily replied her husband; "this is merely superficial."
superficial = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or serious
DefinitionGenerally superficial means:
relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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wrought
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the damage she has wrought
proposing methods whereby wonders might be wrought
wrought = caused (made to happen)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
caused to happen or occurred as a consequence
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