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acquit
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
she acquitted herself well
He told the story of a Border action in which the Dogra companies of the Ludhiana Sikhs had acquitted themselves well.†
acquitted = handled (conducted or behaved)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of acquit means:
to handle oneself in a specified way — which is typically in a positive way
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1st useChapter 2
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Allah
19 uses
Below, in coarse verse: 'O Allah, who sufferest lice to live on the coat of a Kabuli, why hast thou allowed this louse Lutuf to live so long?'†
Allah = Islamic way of referencing God
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Book19 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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allude
3 uses
Lear was not so full of historical allusions as Julius Caesar; the book cost four annas, but could be bought second-hand in Bow Bazar for two.†
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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1st useChapter 9
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attain
4 uses
'By it one attains freedom from the Wheel of Things,' the lama went on, unheeding.†
attains = gains or reaches something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15
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auspicious
9 uses
I would not take thee till the time was ripe and auspicious.
auspicious = favorable; or suggestive of good things to come
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Book9 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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calamity
9 uses
Let the box and the bedding-roll be sent for; and if there has been a fault, let the Hand of Friendship turn aside the Whip of Calamity.†
calamity = a disastrous event; or the distress resulting from it
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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condescending
5 uses
There would be new boys to condescend to,
condescend = treat as inferiors
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Consequently—and this set Kim to skipping—there was a mystery somewhere, and Mahbub Ali probably spied for the Colonel much as Kim had spied for Mahbub.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book4 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 12
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
The Government had given him a good holding in the village, and though the demands of his sons, now grey-bearded officers on their own account, had impoverished him, he was still a person of consequence.†
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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1st useChapter 3
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deference
4 uses
Kim saw their heads bent over Mahbub Ali's message, and heard the voices—one low and deferential, the other sharp and decisive.†
deferential = politely respectful
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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1st useChapter 12
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
When one grows older, the power, usually, departs, but while it lasts it may descend upon a man at any moment.†
descend = come
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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grave
11 uses
Here was like to have been a grave misunderstanding, for the old soldier asked him why the Friend of the Stars had gone that way only six days before.†
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 1
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insolent
7 uses
Kim hailed a sweeper, who promptly retorted with a piece of unnecessary insolence, in the natural belief that the European boy could not follow it.†
insolence = rude, disrespectful behavior or action
DefinitionGenerally insolent means:
rudely disrespectful
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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moreover
16 uses
There is, moreover, a written paper of the hours of the trains that go south.'†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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1st useChapter 1
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omit
1 use
Now, slowly, let us hear what befell afterwards—step by step, omitting nothing.'†
omitting = to exclude or neglect something
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1st useChapter 8
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precede
1 use
The man dashed out bareheaded as a big landau with four native troopers behind it halted at the veranda, and a tall, black haired man, erect as an arrow, swung out, preceded by a young officer who laughed pleasantly.†
preceded = went or was before
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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prophecy
19 uses
Did one make a prophecy?†
prophecy = prediction of the future
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
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Book19 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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retort
8 uses
'A little flour, a little butter and a mouthful of cardamoms,' Kim retorted, flushed with the praise, but still cautious—'Does one grow rich on that?†
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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1st useChapter 3
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scorn
5 uses
Kim turned a scornful back—he did not want to hear the old story how the Devil played with the boys and repented of it and walked idly across country.†
scornful = full of strong disrespect or rejection
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book5 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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temperate
6 uses
'Such an one,' said the lama, disregarding the dogs, 'is impolite to strangers, intemperate of speech and uncharitable.†
intemperate = given to excess — especially of weather or behavior

(Editor's note:  The prefix "in-" in intemperate means not and reverses the meaning of temperate. This is the same pattern you see in words like invisible, incomplete, and insecure.)
DefinitionGenerally temperate means:
lacking extremes — especially of weather, climate, or behavior
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1st useChapter 3
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