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amiable
17 uses
He seemed to have a preoccupied air that somehow did not fit the amiableness of his face.†
amiableness = friendliness and agreeableness

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
DefinitionGenerally amiable means:
friendly, agreeable, and likable
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Book17 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
And when he was reduced to his original share he indeed showed that yellow streak which Jesse Smith had attributed to him.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of 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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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
do not despair
The tenderness, the timidity, and the yearning in Cleve's voice told Joan as never before how he had hoped and feared and despaired.†
despaired = lost hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
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Book1 use
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 14
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
there was a discordant blast
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 17
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
divined through intuition
...he would divine the truth in the flash of an eye.
divine = discover through intuition
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
to discover something — usually through intuition or reflection
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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duplicity
2 uses
...all that had been born of her wild experience inflamed her to play the game, to match Kells's villainy with a woman's unfathomable duplicity.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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fleeting
7 uses
From the fleeting expression on Kells's face Joan read that he knew Gulden's project would defeat his own and render both enterprises fatal.†
fleeting = lasting a short time
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Book7 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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hideous
7 uses
In that other cabin, from which she was mercifully shut out, there were different sounds, hideous by contrast.†
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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Book7 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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manifest
15 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
manifest destiny
There was just a flickering of life in him, manifest only in his slow, faint heart-beats.
manifest = shown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
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Book15 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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nevertheless
7 uses
Nevertheless, resignation would not come to her and her hope began to flag.†
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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Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3
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novel
1 use
The situation was novel, strange to him.†
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 4
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precede
3 uses
The next day in no wise differed from the preceding.†
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 6
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proclivity
2 uses
Joan remembered that he had intended to parade her in Dandy Dale's costume to gratify some vain abnormal side of his bandit's proclivities.
proclivities = tendencies
DefinitionGenerally proclivity means:
a tendency, inclination, preference, or strength
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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ravine
9 uses
The pack drivers led across the stream and the valley to enter an intersecting ravine.†
ravine = a deep narrow steep-sided valley — especially one formed by running water
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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remorse
11 uses
Her remorse and dread increased.†
remorse = deep regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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Book11 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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retort
9 uses
Joan retorted.†
retorted = quickly replied
DefinitionGenerally this sense of retort means:
a quick reply to a question or remark — especially a witty or critical one
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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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scorn
20 uses
She lifted her chin scornfully and remained silent.†
scornfully = in a disrespectful or rejecting manner
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book20 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4
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somber
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a somber mood
We'd better run for it at the first chance," 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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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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waive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
waive the discussion
"Gulden, suppose we waive the question till we're on the grounds?" he suggested.†
waive = do not engage in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of waive means:
not engage in
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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yield
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
yield to pressure
It appeared to be her skill, rather than her willingness, that he yielded to.†
yielded = gave in, gave way, or gave up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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