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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Her father's business had been such that he could not leave it for the time required for a Western trip, or else, according to his letter, he would have come for her.†
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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Book7 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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2  —2 uses as in:
done of her own accord
Alfred needed only a word of persuasion, for he said he had considered going to Rodeo of his own accord.†
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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approach
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
approached the city
When he became aware of the approach of the car he suddenly awakened from his aimless sauntering and disappeared quickly in the shade of the shrubbery.†
approach = coming
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 3
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arbitration
1 use
He took several swift strides across the porch; he held out his hands to Stillwell as if to indicate the hopelessness of intelligent and reasonable arbitration; he looked at Madeline with a glance eloquent of his regret that he could not handle the situation to please her.
arbitration = the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
These attributes seemed to cling about him.†
attributes = characteristics (of something or someone)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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2  —3 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
That night she suffered from excessive weariness, which she attributed more to the strange working of her mind than to riding and sitting her horse.†
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
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 22
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condescending
2 uses
Danny regarded Stillwell with lofty condescension.
condescension = a manner that treats others as inferiors

(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 condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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contrast
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
there is a contrast
For that matter, Madeline observed Helen did not show any marked contrast to the others.†
contrast = an unmissable difference when compared side-x-side
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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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
a long-deferred and persistent desire
deferred = postponed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
discordant music
discordant = unpleasant sounding
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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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eloquent
8 uses
Then the woman's voice, hurried and broken, rising higher, was eloquent of vain appeal.†
eloquent = powerful use of language
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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imperious
9 uses
How imperious you are!†
imperious = expecting obedience; or arrogant; or domineering
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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manifest
16 uses
1  —16 uses as in:
manifest destiny
Bad feeling had been manifested for years, and now relations were strained to the breaking-point.†
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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Book16 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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moreover
11 uses
Moreover, he was skeptical of any clap-trap thing with wheels and cranks.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 7
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novel
1 use
The only time she could remember ever having been alone like this was once when she had missed her maid and her train at a place outside of Versailles—an adventure that had been a novel and delightful break in the prescribed routine of her much-chaperoned life.†
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1
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precede
3 uses
Presently Madeline Hammond again awoke to the fact she had learned the preceding night—that there were emotions to which she had heretofore been a stranger.†
preceding = prior (in time or space)
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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recollect
8 uses
She had a vague, swiftly flashing recollection of Alfred's first letters descriptive of the extravagant fun of cowboys.†
recollection = memory

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", 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 action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally recollect means:
to remember — especially experiences from long ago
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Book8 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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scorn
19 uses
There was a revival of pride that made her feel that she ought to scorn to think at all about such a man.†
scorn = disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book19 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
Her mind, swift as lightning, had gathered the subtleties in action and word succeeding his domination of the men.†
subtleties = things that are not obvious, but noticeable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 20
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wrath
9 uses
She stood quivering and blazing with wrath, and watched this savage fight his drunkenness.†
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
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Book9 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 24
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