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The Scarlet Pimpernel

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apathy
2 uses
she ... listened apathetically to the music,
apathetically = without interest or enthusiasm
DefinitionGenerally apathy means:
lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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audacious
10 uses
That ... audacious Scarlet Pimpernel, alone and with thirty men at his heels, could not reasonably be expected to escape a second time.
audacious = bold and daring
DefinitionGenerally audacious means:
bold and daring (inclined to take risks) — especially in violating social convention in a manner that could offend others
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 14
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capricious
1 use
He thought this was but a mood, a caprice, and he was too proud to lend himself to it once again.
caprice = impulsive act
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
He may have wished to hide his love for a wife who held him in contempt...
contempt = complete lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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cunning
1 use
between you, you will have cunning as well as valour!
cunning = cleverness
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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deference
4 uses
Everyone was staring curiously, yet deferentially, at the foreigners.
deferentially = with polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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denounce
6 uses
She denounced the Marquis de St. Cyr and all his family to the awful tribunal of the Terror.
denounced = accused publicly (in this case of being an enemy of the people's revolution)
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8
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elaborate
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
an elaborate design
Distinguished men, beautiful women, notabilities from every European country had already filed past him, had exchanged the elaborate bows and curtsies with him, which the extravagant fashion of the time demanded, and then, laughing and talking, had dispersed in the ball, reception, and card rooms beyond.
elaborate = with many details or features
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
having details and complexity — sometimes fancy or ornate
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Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 2
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enigma
11 uses
As for that enigmatic Scarlet Pimpernel, what is he to you?
enigmatic = mysterious
DefinitionGenerally enigma means:
something mysterious that seems unexplainable
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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fugitive
29 uses
It was a crumpled piece of paper, evidently forgotten there by the fugitives, in their hurry to get away.
fugitives = people running away to avoid arrest or an unpleasant situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fugitive means:
someone who is running away or hiding to avoid arrest or an unpleasant situation
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Book29 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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heed
13 uses
But she did not heed any of these petty discomforts:
heed = pay attention to
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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impetuous
2 uses
Her impetuous act might prove the death-signal of the man she would have died to save.
impetuous = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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impudent
16 uses
"and your impudence passes belief," she said merrily.
impudence = improper boldness or disrespect
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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Book16 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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incessant
7 uses
A beautiful starlit night had followed on the day of incessant rain:
incessant = continuous
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
What food for gossip to those mischievously inclined.
inclined = disposed (having a tendency to favor something) (in this case, mischievousness or liking to cause trouble)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 21
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
The men, obedient as machines, rushed down the rocky incline towards the beach,
incline = slope (angle)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 30
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jovial
16 uses
As she drew near, the sound of ... jovial laughter, grew louder and more distinct.
jovial = cheerful and friendly
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Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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malicious
9 uses
"I think I can rely on you, citoyen soldiers," laughed Chauvelin, maliciously, "to give this old liar the best and soundest beating he has ever experienced."
maliciously = with a desire to see others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book9 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 29
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Monsieur
39 uses
I am happy to know you, Monsieur le Vicomte.
Monsieur = Mr. (in French)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Monsieur means:
French equivalent to the English Mr.

or:

French equivalent to saying sir in English (a polite way to address a male)
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Book39 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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remorse
6 uses
By her own blindness she had sinned; now she must repay, not by empty remorse, but by prompt and useful action.
remorse = deep regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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