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acquit
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
she acquitted herself well
Osmond at present acquitted himself very honourably.†
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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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 35
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acrimony
1 use
But it is by no means certain that she did not feel it to be wrong that so little notice was taken of them and that her failure (really very gratuitous) to make herself important in the neighbourhood had not much to do with the acrimony of her allusions to her husband's adopted country.
acrimony = anger and bitterness
DefinitionGenerally acrimony means:
anger—often accompanied by bitterness
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1st useChapter 7
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allude
35 uses
Lord Warburton was at a loss; he had not been made acquainted with Miss Stackpole's professional character and failed to catch her allusion.†
allusion = an indirect reference

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 6 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
By what process of logical accretion was this slight "personality," the mere slim shade of an intelligent but presumptuous girl, to find itself endowed with the high attributes of a Subject?†
attributes = characteristics (of something or someone)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePref.
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2  —4 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
His friends at present judged him more cheerful, and attributed it to a theory, over which they shook their heads knowingly, that he would recover his health.†
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for 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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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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candid
12 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
your candid opinion
"I don't know whether you'd try to, but you certainly would: that I must in candour admit!" he exclaimed with an anxious laugh.†
candour = honesty and directness

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use candor.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of candid means:
honest and direct
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 21
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contrary
16 uses
1  —16 uses as in:
on the contrary
It was on the contrary because she felt too wide-eyed and wished to check the sense of seeing too many things at once.†
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Book16 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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dispose
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
One of the humble archeologists who hover about the place had put himself at the disposal of the two, and repeated his lesson with a fluency which the decline of the season had done nothing to impair.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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establish
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
As regards her relations with Mr. Osmond, however, she hinted at nothing but a long-established calm friendship.†
established = set in place
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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grave
31 uses
But all the same I can't help feeling that you're running a grave risk.†
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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Book31 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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illustrate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
as illustrated by this example
Pansy was already dressed; she was always in advance of the time: it seemed to illustrate her pretty patience and the graceful stillness with which she could sit and wait.†
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 45
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indulge
14 uses
They turned over their schemes together and indulged in visions of romantic hours.†
indulged = enjoyed to excess
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
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Book14 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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ingenious
19 uses
"That's ingenious rather than candid," said Ralph.†
ingenious = showing cleverness and originality
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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intellectual
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
intellectual stimulation
Intellectually, doubtless, she had made immense strides; but she appeared to have achieved few of those social conquests of which Mrs. Ludlow had expected to admire the trophies.†
intellectually = in a manner that relates to intelligence
DefinitionGenerally this sense of intellectual means:
related to intelligence — such as requiring, appealing to, or possessing intelligence
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31
moreover
37 uses
It must be added moreover that an incident had occurred which might have seemed to put her good-humour to the test.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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pedantic
2 uses
He was a bright, free, generous spirit, he had all the illumination of wisdom and none of its pedantry, and yet he was distressfully dying.
pedantry = excessive concern for details or book learning
DefinitionGenerally pedantic means:
too concerned with formal rules, details, or book learning
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 22
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proportion
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
respond in proportion
The importance of what had happened was out of proportion to its appearance; there had really been a change in her life.†
out of proportion = not appropriate in size, amount, or degree
DefinitionGenerally this sense of proportion means:
appropriate in size, amount, or degree
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1st useChapter 4
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specimen
15 uses
Mrs. Touchett was certainly a person of many oddities, of which her behaviour on returning to her husband's house after many months was a noticeable specimen.†
specimen = a sample regarded as typical of its class; or a bit of tissue, blood, or urine that is taken for diagnostic purposes
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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superficial
20 uses
He was about to take a step which would astonish all his friends and displease a great many of them, and which had superficially nothing to recommend it.†
superficially = relating to a surface rather than to anything deep or penetrating (often of injuries or thinking)
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1st useChapter 5
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vulgar
36 uses
The first on the list was a conviction of the vulgarity of thinking too much of it.†
vulgarity = bad taste (crude, offensive, or unsophisticated)
DefinitionGenerally vulgar means:
of bad taste — often crude or offensive

or:

unsophisticated (or common) — especially of taste
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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