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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
DRUMMOND:  Oh. God speaks to you. ... He tells you exactly what's right and what's wrong?
BRADY:  (Doggedly) Yes.
DRUMMOND:  And you act accordingly?
accordingly = in keeping with or in agreement 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
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Book9 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
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2  —1 use as in:
accord her the respect deserved
This man wishes to be accorded the same privilege as a sponge!
accorded = given (special treatment)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
to give someone special treatment — especially respect
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augment
1 use
The crowd surges back, augmented, in a jubilant parade.
augmented = increased in number
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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benign
4 uses
His air is that of a benign and learned mathematician about to be quizzed by a schoolboy on matters of short division.
benign = kindly or harmless
DefinitionGenerally benign means:
kindly, mild, or harmless
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condescending
2 uses
BRADY is annoyed at DRUMMOND's elementary attitude and condescension.
condescension = treatment of others as inferiors

(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 condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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contempt
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
For he is pleading the case of the prosecution by his contempt for all that is holy.
contempt = 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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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
there is a contrast
In marked contrast, DRUMMOND packs away his brief in a tattered leather case†
contrast = difference
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
a difference — especially a notable difference; or the side-x-side arrangement of things that draws attention to an unmissable difference
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crescendo
2 uses
The babble of voices crescendos.
crescendos = gradually increases in intensity; or reaches maximum intensity
DefinitionGenerally crescendo means:
a gradual increase in intensity; or the time of maximum intensity — especially in the loudness of music
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defendant
9 uses
It is important to the concept of the play that the town is visible always, looming there, as much on trial as the individual defendant.
defendant = person legally accused in court
DefinitionGenerally defendant means:
a person or institution legally accused or sued in court
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
(BRADY rises. DAVENPORT immediately steps back, deferring to his superior.)
deferring = submitting or yielding

(editor's note:  This is a common SAT/ACT word, that has another common meaning not used in this play:  postponing; or delaying some action until a later time)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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deference
1 use
BRADY lowers his head slightly, in gracious deference to procedure.
deference = polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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heresy
3 uses
And I refuse to allow these agnostic scientists to employ this courtroom as a sounding board, as a platform from which they can shout their heresies into the headlines!
heresies = opinions considered sacrilegious or immoral
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
BRADY (Piously) I object to the note of levity which the counsel for the defense is introducing into these proceedings.
piously = in a religious manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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relevant
2 uses
I wish to inquire what possible relevance the testimony of a Zoo-ology professor can have in this trial.
relevance = importance (meaningful relation to the issue in question)
DefinitionGenerally relevant means:
relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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resignation   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
submitted her resignation
I am resigning my commission in the State Militia.
resigning = quitting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
to quit — especially a job or position; or a document expressing such an act
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2  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
DAVENPORT sits, resigned but nervous.
resigned = having accepted what is about to happen (in this case, that he will testify)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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saunter
6 uses
HORNBECK saunters on, chewing at an apple.
saunters = walks leisurely
DefinitionGenerally saunter means:
to walk leisurely
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scrutiny
1 use
He searches for a copy of the Bible, finally gets MEEKER's. Without opening it, DRUMMOND scrutinizes the binding from several angles
scrutinizes = looks at or examines very carefully

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word to a verb. This is the same pattern you see in words like apologize, theorize, and dramatize.)
DefinitionGenerally scrutiny means:
careful examination of something
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testify
7 uses
They want me to testify against Bert.
testify = provide oral evidence in court
DefinitionGenerally testify means:
provide evidence of something — especially to say something under oath in a court of law
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testimony
11 uses
Their testimony is basic to the defense of my client.
testimony = statements that serves as evidence
DefinitionGenerally testimony means:
something that serves as evidence — especially a statement at a trial or hearing
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