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allude
2 uses
Not proof against this chance, the outlaws made up a purse, in no wise disconcerted by Bill's contemptuous allusions to their banding together.†
allusions = indirect references

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in discussions from discuss, explosions from explode, and revisions from revise.)
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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attribute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
He attributed it, however, to the long strain, the suspense nearing an end.†
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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augment
5 uses
But Duane's years on the border had augmented a natural instinct or gift to read character, or at least to sense the evil in men; and he knew at once that these strangers were dishonest.†
augmented = enlarged or increased
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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conscience
10 uses
But now with conscience flayed to the quick, yet utterly powerless over this tiger instinct, he was lost.†
conscience = feeling or appraisal of having personally behaved in a morally right or wrong manner
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Book10 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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contrast   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
Colonel Longstreth returned then, and after bidding Duane a good night, which seemed rather curt by contrast to the graciousness of the girls, he led them away.†
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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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15
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2  —2 uses as in:
there is a contrast
But in striking contrast to this mystery was the person, character, and cold-blooded action of Poggin and Knell, the chief's lieutenants.†
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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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15
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denotes
3 uses
Presently he turned to Duane with an expression that denoted resignation, and yet a spirit which showed wherein they were of the same blood.†
denoted = means literally; or indicates
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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however
48 uses
1  —48 uses as in:
However, complications may...
He held back, however, trying to evolve further plans.†
however = a word used to connect contrasting ideas as when using though, in spite of that, in contrast, nevertheless, etc.
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
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Book48 uses
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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juncture
4 uses
At this juncture several more outlaws crowded out of the door, and the one in the lead was a tall man of stalwart physique.†
juncture = where things come together — especially a point in time with a critical event
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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laconic
4 uses
Soon, perchance, I shall have the pleasure of writing of the border of to-day, which in Joe Sitter's laconic speech, "Shore is 'most as bad an' wild as ever!"†
laconic = using few words
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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manifest
15 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
manifest destiny
Manifestly the short while he had spent inside the saloon had been devoted to drinking and talking himself into a frenzy.†
manifestly = obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book15 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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moreover
5 uses
Moreover, these rough men were always interesting.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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nevertheless
10 uses
Duane heard no step, saw no movement; nevertheless, there was another present at that camp-fire vigil.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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precede
4 uses
That instant gave Duane a power to read in his enemy's eyes the thought that preceded action.†
preceded = went or was before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book4 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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refuge
7 uses
Somewhere out there was a refuge.†
refuge = something giving protection — especially a safe place
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Book7 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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scorn
8 uses
"You mean for me to run?" asked Duane, in scorn.†
scorn = disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book8 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12
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scrutiny
9 uses
He had a long face, a flaming red beard, and clear, cold blue eyes that fixed in close scrutiny upon Duane.†
scrutiny = careful look or inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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Book9 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 15
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somber
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a somber mood
I'm done," he said, somberly.†
somberly = solemnly (in a manner that is serious—not cheerful or lighthearted)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of somber means:
serious and without humor or fun — perhaps sad
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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vary
3 uses
The number varies.†
varies = differs; or changes
DefinitionGenerally vary means:
to be different, or to change
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Book3 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 15
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yield
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Yet he knew in his heart that he was yielding to her, that he could not resist her a moment longer.†
yielding = giving in, giving up, or giving way (easily moved or soft)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book6 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 25
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