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The Fiend And The Forge

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beckon
15 uses
"Do not trouble yourself, Director," he exclaimed, beckoning her to rise.
beckoning = signaling (by using a hand gesture or a nod)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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Book15 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5 –
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benevolent
6 uses
The figure before him did not look benevolent, however.
benevolent = kind or generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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Book6 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 7 –
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bronze
7 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The kneeling woman did not turn, but kept her attention on the pedestal's bronze plaque.
bronze = made of a brownish metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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unquizzed meaning  —1 use
conjure
12 uses
David conjured a fire.
conjured = brought into existence — as if by magic
DefinitionGenerally conjure means:
summon into action or bring into existence — often as if by magic
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Book12 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6 –
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contract   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
legal contract
Anyway, this contract cannot be broken.
contract = an agreement - typically written and enforceable by law
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 10 –
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2  —2 uses as in:
the metal contracted
There was a popping sound and a putrid odor, as her pustules contracted and burst open.
contracted = pulled back (got shorter or smaller)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contract means:
when something gets shorter or smaller
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Book2 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 26 –
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
Ahead, the road descended toward an ancient bridge, a crumbling span that arced across a gurgling stream.†
descended = sloped downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20 –
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digress
1 use
When the demon digressed into observations about his chef's latest dishes, Max broke in.
digressed = wandered off topic
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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1st useChapter 20 –
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
His thoughts were shattered by the sound of a distant horn—a discordant note that wrenched him from his reverie.
discordant = unpleasant sound
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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1st useChapter 20 –
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disdain
5 uses
With cold disdain, the gladiator stepped over Max, took up a position some ten yards away, and turned his back.
disdain = a lack of respect
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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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 17 –
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dubious
6 uses
"I'm not a monster—I'm a friend."
"Friend?" inquired the girl with a dubious tone.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 14 –
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immutable
1 use
Several people began to object, but Bellagrog brushed the protests aside, citing Hag Law as though it were a spell, an immutable custom beyond all question or resistance.
immutable = unchangeable
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1st useChapter 12 –
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languish
4 uses
All these people languishing in filth, praying for the 'Great Prusias' to stop and make their fortune.
languishing = suffering in a bad situation for a long time
DefinitionGenerally languish means:
to suffer in a bad situation for a long time
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17 –
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latent
1 use
Max frowned and searched his friend's face for any indication of a chink in the armor, a latent willingness to share.
latent = potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6 –
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mystic
38 uses
This branch of mystic study is hereby ended.
mystic = relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience
DefinitionGenerally mystic means:
relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
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Book38 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2 –
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profound   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
profound idea
... "This is some of my great wisdom!"
But Vainamoinen merely smiled and asked his challenger to speak of more profound things.
profound = deep or far-reaching in intellect or consequence
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26 –
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2  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
Something was profoundly wrong here,
profoundly = with greatest intensity
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15 –
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resignation
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
accepted it with resignation
The man's posture suggested a prisoner resigned to execution rather than a willing combatant.
resigned = having accepted something undesired as unavoidable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resignation means:
acceptance of something undesired as unavoidable or the lesser of evils
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 5 –
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reticent
1 use
Max's roommate seemed on the verge of saying something else but did not. Cooper was not so reticent.
reticent = reluctant to speak freely
DefinitionGenerally reticent means:
reluctant — especially to speak freely
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 27 –
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stoic
8 uses
Her expression remained stoic as she appraised Max.
stoic = emotionless
DefinitionGenerally stoic means:
seeming unaffected by pleasure, pain, or emotions
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Book8 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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