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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 21 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
At a hurried council of war behind the line, At a hurried council of war behind the line, it was arranged that... The army split accordingly.
accordingly = in keeping with what was just stated
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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2  —4 uses as in:
done of her own accord
They decided with one accord, without even a whisper, to...
one accord = one mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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atrophy
1 use
He felt as if there was something atrophied between his eyes, where the base of the nose grew into the skull.
atrophied = weakened or withered
DefinitionGenerally atrophy means:
to wither or weaken — especially from lack of use
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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benevolent
4 uses
The magician was staring at him with a kind of unwinking and benevolent curiosity which made him feel that it would not be at all rude to stare back,
benevolent = kind
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 4
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chivalry
45 uses
If it was so easy to lead one's country in various directions, as if she was a pig on a string, why had he failed to lead her into chivalry, into justice and into peace?
chivalry = kindness, honor, bravery, and protection of the weak
DefinitionGenerally chivalry means:
the medieval principles governing knighthood and knightly conduct such as honor, kindness, bravery, and protection of the weak

or:

courtesy — especially of men towards women
Word Statistics
Book45 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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contempt
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
"Trial by Jury," observed Sir Mordred contemptuously, "is that what you call it?"
contemptuously = with disrespect
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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Book5 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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duplicity
1 use
Her expression of duplicity was balanced by the fatuous confidence with which the Unicorn regarded her.
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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faction
27 uses
She knew that the Cornwall and Orkney faction had always been the menace to her husband's hopes...
faction = sub-group
DefinitionGenerally faction means:
a sub-group with some interests not shared by the entire group
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Book27 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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feud
23 uses
Life is too bitter already, without territories and wars and noble feuds.
feuds = bitter, long-standing fights
DefinitionGenerally feud means:
bitter hostile argument between two parties — typically long-standing between families or tribes with occasional incidents of violence
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Book23 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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inclined   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm inclined to
An ordinary fellow, who did not spend half his life torturing himself by trying to discover what was right so as to conquer his inclination towards what was wrong...
inclination = tendency

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", 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 action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of inclined means:
a tendency, mood, desire, or attitude that favors something; or making someone favor something
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 3
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2  —1 use as in:
on an incline or incline his head
The Wart found that he could keep more or less level by altering the inclination of his arm fins and the ones on his stomach.
inclination = angle

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", 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 action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 1
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irony   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
situational irony
There he hung or hoved, his vast ironic mouth permanently drawn downward in a kind of melancholy,
ironic = when what happens is very different than what might be expected

(editor's note:  The author is describing the mouth as showing a mood. As a mouth might be described as happy, this mouth is described as displaying an acceptance that things often turn out very differently than might be expected.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
when what happens is very different than what might be expected; or when things are together that seem like they don't belong together — especially when amusing or an entertaining coincidence
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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2  —1 use as in:
verbal irony
Gawaine's mind did not move easily along the paths of irony, so he accepted the sneer as statement of fact.
irony = saying one thing while meaning the opposite
DefinitionGenerally this sense of irony means:
saying one thing, while meaning the opposite or something else — usually as humor or sarcasm
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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joust
46 uses
Sir Grummore Grummursum is on the way to challenge you to a joust.
joust = a contest in which knights attempt to knock each other off horses with blunted lances
DefinitionGenerally joust means:
a contest in which knights attempt to knock each other off horses with blunted lances

or:

any kind of contest
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Book46 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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minute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
keep the minutes
They also had tally sticks and the minutes of the last meeting.†
minutes = formal notes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minutes means:
a written record of what happened at a meeting
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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obstinate
13 uses
He was so certain of the truth of his assertion that he had become obstinate, as people do in violent arguments.
obstinate = stubbornly not doing what others want
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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perfidy
1 use
It is ingratitude, perfidy, treachery!
perfidy = deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
King Pellinore, not without a few sighs for the good old days, was forced to resign his rights in her to the Saracen.
resign = give up (quit)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useBook 2
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2  —4 uses as in:
accepted it with resignation
The owl said resignedly, "Oh, well."
resignedly = with acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useBook 1
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tapestry
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the tapestry hangs in the museum
Kings, in those days, took their household tapestries with them on campaign, which was a measure of the kind of camps they had.
tapestries = rug-like artworks — often hung on a wall for display
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tapestry means:
rug-like artwork — often hung on a wall for display
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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