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anguish
5 uses
All the anguish, all the grief spilled out of him,
anguish = extreme pain, suffering, or distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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Book5 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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baptism
10 uses
I hope your baptism sets you on the right road—it's plain you've been a long time on the wrong one.
baptism = a Christian ceremony signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth
DefinitionGenerally baptism means:
a Christian ceremony signifying spiritual cleansing and rebirth

or:

a challenging experience that initiates or purifies
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Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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blasphemy
1 use
He is the way, and all this beseeching and suchlike is blasphemy.
blasphemy = disrespectful of sacred religious belief
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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candid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
your candid opinion
It was candid, even brutal, in its assessment of the situation.
candid = honest and straightforward

(editor's note:  By "even brutal", Card is saying that it was honest and direct without concern for hurting another's feelings.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 16
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complacent
1 use
He cast an anxious look toward La Fayette, who was complacently spreading goose-liver paste on his bread.
complacently = with contentment (unworried and satisfied)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 3
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conjure
3 uses
Alvin conjured up pictures in his mind, about pieces of the land breaking off and falling into the sea.
conjured = brought into existence
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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contemptible
1 use
Lolla-Wossiky was so contemptible it made Hooch sick.
contemptible = deserving no respect (worthless or of bad quality)
DefinitionGenerally contemptible means:
very bad (deserving no respect)
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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disdain
1 use
Ta-Kumsaw gazed disdainfully at Taleswapper.
disdainfully = with a lack of respect (or with a sense of superiority)
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 15
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grave
4 uses
Harrison nodded gravely. It occurred to Hooch that Harrison might not realize it was a joke.
gravely = in a serious and solemn manner
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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Book4 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1
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innocuous
1 use
For there was one last letter, this one in code, seemingly innocuous in its babbling about hunting and the tedium of life in Niagara.
innocuous = harmless
DefinitionGenerally innocuous means:
unlikely to harm or disturb
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 16
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malicious
3 uses
and Loila-Wossiky knew that there was malice and ridicule in the voices that said it and the voices that laughed.
malice = desire to see others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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massacre
12 uses
It wasn't war today, it was massacre,
massacre = the savage and excessive killing of many people
DefinitionGenerally massacre means:
the savage and excessive killing of many people

or:

to defeat an opponent by a wide margin
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Book12 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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prophecy
7 uses
All his prophecies come true.
prophecies = supernaturally obtained predictions of the future
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
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Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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renegade
10 uses
we been told we can bring in renegades like you alive or dead.
renegades = traitors, rebels or outlaws
DefinitionGenerally renegade means:
a traitor, rebel or outlaw

or:

someone who is independent and unconventional is their outlook
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Book10 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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sober   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
Talk to me when your sober.
Or had he already drunk so much likker that he couldn't walk straight even when he was sober?
sober = not under the influence of alcohol
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
I need to sober up.
But you sure didn't get drunk at Fort Carthage and then walk all this way without sobering up.
sobering up = becoming less drunk
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sober up means:
to become less drunk
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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speculate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
And they speculated on and on about Red troubles in the south part of the Wobbish country, because that was the most important topic of conversation around, and since nobody knowed anything accurate anyway, ...
speculated = discussed and thought
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 7
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tedious
3 uses
De Maurepas merely echoes what I say, which is comfortable but tedious.
tedious = boring
DefinitionGenerally tedious means:
boring — especially because something goes on too long or without variation
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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treason
8 uses
He has the arrogance of youth; there is no treason in his heart, I know it.
treason = betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treason means:
betraying someone or something — typically betraying one's own country

(in this context, to betray is to not be loyal—often by helping enemies)
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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wither
7 uses
Bonaparte's condescending attitude was outrageous, but before Frederic could utter the withering retort that was just on the tip of his tongue, La Fayette laughed aloud.
withering = intended to humiliate
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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