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Riders of the Purple Sage

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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
Scattered here and there upon this shelf were clumps of aspens, and he walked through them into a glade that surpassed in beauty and adaptability for a wild home, any place he had ever seen.†
adaptability = the degree to which something can change to fit a different situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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approach
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
He told me how the men—rustlers an' outlaws—who from time to time tried to approach you familiarly—he told me how he shot them dead.†
approach = get near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book3 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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cleave
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
cleave through
The rims of the canyons gleamed crimson and the deep clefts appeared to belch forth blue smoke.†
clefts = splits or cracks
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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contradict
1 use
But now, as she clung to his arm, the rider's costume she wore did not contradict, as it had done at first, his feeling of her femininity.†
contradict = disagree
DefinitionGenerally contradict means:
disagree
in various senses, including:
  • to say something is not true — as in "She contradicted his testimony."
  • to say something else is true when both can't be true — as in "I don't believe her. She contradicted herself as she told us what happened."
  • to be in conflict with — as in "Her assertions contradict accepted scientific principles."
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
It was all in strange contrast to the endless slopes of lonely sage and the wild rock environs beyond.†
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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
awaited the long-deferred breaking of the storm
deferred = postponed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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1st useChapter 15
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duplicity
2 uses
Fay looked thoughtful and appeared to be debating the duplicity of men or searching for a supreme test to prove this cavalier.
duplicity = deception
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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1st useChapter 12
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dwell
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
The few cliff-dwellings he had seen—all ruins—had left him with haunting memory of age and solitude and of something past.†
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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1st useChapter 9
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establish
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Moreover, it established in her mind a fact that there existed actually other than selfish reasons for her wanting to see him.†
established = settled
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 9
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foreshadow
2 uses
Strangely his foreshadowing of change did not hold a thought of the killing of Tull.†
foreshadowing = being a sign of
DefinitionGenerally foreshadow means:
to be a sign of future events
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1st useChapter 4
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grave
1 use
She gave him a grave, thoughtful look.†
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 2
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infinite
10 uses
But in her it had infinitely more—a revelation of mortal spirit.†
infinitely = unlimited; without boundaries; or too numerous to count
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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moreover
8 uses
It had the same comfort as was manifested in the home-like outer court; moreover, it was warm and rich in soft hues.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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nevertheless
10 uses
Nevertheless he sent the dog Ring ahead and waited.†
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.)
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Book10 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4
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ponder
9 uses
Venters lay low in the shade of the cottonwoods, pondering this chance meeting, and not for many moments did he consider it safe to move on.†
pondering = thinking deeply or carefully about
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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Book9 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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precede
2 uses
A faint, musical jingle preceded his step—then his tall form crossed the threshold.†
preceded = went or was before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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scorn
10 uses
The one thing in man or woman that she scorned above all scorn, and which she could not forgive, was hate.†
scorned = disrespected or rejected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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1st useChapter 16
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wistful
12 uses
Then the flashing changed to a long, thoughtful look, in which there was a wistful, unconscious searching of his face, a look that trembled on the verge of hope and trust.†
wistful = showing longing or unfulfilled desire
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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wrath
13 uses
Let not the sun go down upon thy wrath.'†
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
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Book13 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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yield
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Lassiter had gone off, yielding to his incurable blood lust, probably to his own death; and she was sorry, but there was no feeling in her sorrow.†
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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Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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