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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
especially well adapted for
For a purpose such as this the cellar was well adapted.†
well adapted = well suited
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapted means:
to be especially well suited or appropriate for something
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allude
5 uses
It might have been, too, that in these eyes of my beloved lay the secret to which Lord Verulam alludes.†
alludes = makes an indirect reference
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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analysis
4 uses
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psychiatrist suggested analysis
But it is in matters beyond the limits of mere rule that the skill of the analyst is evinced.†
analyst = psychiatrist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of analysis means:
psychiatric treatment — (using any of many theories of the human mind that use talk therapy to understand the unconscious mind)
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analytical
5 uses
It will be found, in fact, that the ingenious are always fanciful, and the truly imaginative never otherwise than analytic.†
analytic = relating to logical examination of something to better understand it
DefinitionGenerally analytical means:
relating to logical and systematic examination of something to better understand it — often implying some kind of quantitative analysis
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attribute
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
The plastering had here, in great measure, resisted the action of the fire—a fact which I attributed to its having been recently spread.
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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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
And of such passion I could form no estimate, save by the miraculous expansion of those eyes which at once so delighted and appalled me—by the almost magical melody, modulation, distinctness and placidity of her very low voice—and by the fierce energy (rendered doubly effective by contrast with her manner of utterance) of the wild words which she habitually uttered.†
by contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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convey
4 uses
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convey her thoughts
It was my design to convey the idea that both were effected in the same manner, at the same point.†
convey = communicate or express
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corroborate
6 uses
Corroborated the previous evidence in every respect but one.†
corroborated = supported
DefinitionGenerally corroborate means:
to support an opinion — typically with additional evidence or testimony
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derive
6 uses
This peculiarity of character grew with my growth, and in my manhood, I derived from it one of my principal sources of pleasure.†
derived = got
DefinitionGenerally derive means:
to get something from something else

(If the context doesn't otherwise indicate where something came from, it is generally from reasoning—especially deductive reasoning.)
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endeavor
8 uses
I therefore struggled alone in my endeavors to call back the spirit ill hovering.†
endeavors = attempts; or things attempted
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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hideous
12 uses
This hideous murder accomplished, I set myself forthwith, and with entire deliberation, to the task of concealing the body.†
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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inquiry
6 uses
Some few inquiries had been made, but these had been readily answered.†
inquiries = questions or investigations
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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malevolent
1 use
My original soul seemed, at once, to take its flight from my body and a more than fiendish malevolence, gin-nurtured, thrilled every fibre of my frame.
malevolence = evilness
DefinitionGenerally malevolent means:
evil
  • of a person — wishing or appearing to wish evil to others
  • of a thing — exerting an evil or harmful influence
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moreover
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Moreover, in one of the walls was a projection, caused by a false chimney, or fireplace, that had been filled up, and made to resemble the red of the cellar.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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pallid
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It was there, however, no longer; and breathing with greater freedom, I turned my glances to the pallid and rigid figure upon the bed.†
pallid = abnormally pale (lacking healthy skin color); or anything that lacks energy or liveliness
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passage
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Length of years, and subsequent reflection, have enabled me to trace, indeed, some remote connection between this passage in the English moralist and a portion of the character of Ligeia.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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pervasive
7 uses
For God is but a great will pervading all things by nature of its intentness.†
pervading = spreading or filling
DefinitionGenerally pervasive means:
existing throughout something; or generally widespread
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scrutiny
7 uses
And thus how frequently, in my intense scrutiny of Ligeia's eyes, have I felt approaching the full knowledge of their expression—felt it approaching—yet not quite be mine—and so at length entirely depart!†
scrutiny = careful look or inspection
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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subsequent
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Length of years, and subsequent reflection, have enabled me to trace, indeed, some remote connection between this passage in the English moralist and a portion of the character of Ligeia.†
subsequent = following something else
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testimony
10 uses
We give below all the material testimony elicited.†
testimony = something that serves as evidence — especially a statement at a trial or hearing
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