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bronze
33 uses
1  —33 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
Underneath, bronze gears whirred.
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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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cleave
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
cleave through
He stabbed his black blade into the floor, and it cleaved through the stone like butter.
cleaved = splitting or cutting through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
And use all the means at your disposal, however common they may seem.†
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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1st useChapter 6
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divine
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
I averted my eyes as the goddess turned into her true divine form and disappeared in a blaze of light.
divine = god-like
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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factor
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It was the deciding factor.
My fear factor wasn't going to last long.†
factor = thing that affects a result or outcome
DefinitionGenerally this sense of factor means:
something that affects a result or outcome
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 11
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grave
1 use
He nodded gravely, like we were sharing some dark secret.
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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1st useChapter 3
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impudent
1 use
"Impudence!" said the elder on the left.
impudence = improper boldness or disrespect— especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
DefinitionGenerally impudent means:
improperly bold or disrespectful — especially toward someone who is older or considered to be of higher status
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1st useChapter 2
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indignant
4 uses
He straightened up indignantly and yelled "HEY!"
indignantly = with anger or annoyance at something unjust or wrong
DefinitionGenerally indignant means:
angered or annoyed at something unjust or wrong
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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ingenious
3 uses
Let's see how ingenious you are.
ingenious = inventive and skillful
DefinitionGenerally ingenious means:
showing cleverness and originality
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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lattice
1 use
Calypso had arbors covered with six different colors of roses, lattices filled with honeysuckle, rows of grapevines bursting with...
lattices = strips of wood crisscrossed and fastened together so they leave squares or diamond-shaped spaces where they do not overlap
DefinitionGenerally lattice means:
an object or pattern made from crisscrossing two sets of lines — leaving diamond- or square-shaped spaces where they do not overlap

or:

an arrangement of points or particles or objects in a regular periodic pattern
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1st useChapter 12
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malicious
1 use
A circlet of gold wreathed his head, and even in death his eyes were alive with malice.
malice = the desire to hurt others or see them suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 10
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morose
1 use
He nodded morosely.
morosely = unhappily
DefinitionGenerally morose means:
unhappy — often with a withdrawn personality
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1st useChapter 15
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mortal
17 uses
1  —17 uses as in:
mortal body
I had to stop her from hurting the mortals.
mortals = humans (especially merely humans)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book17 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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parry
7 uses
We exchanged thrusts and parries, getting a feel for each other's fighting style.
parries = deflections of sword thrusts
DefinitionGenerally parry means:
to avoid — especially to deflect (cause something to change direction)
in 2 primary senses:
  • to avoid an attack — especially a physical attack as when deflecting the thrust of a sword
  • to avoid answering a question with a clever response that directs attention elsewhere
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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primordial
1 use
Eventually-maybe weeks, months, or years from now-Kelli would re-form out of the primordial nastiness seething in the Underworld.
primordial = having existed from the beginning

or:

an early and essential aspect of something
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sacrilege
2 uses
Sacrilege and lies!
sacrilege = disrespect of something others consider important or sacred
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1st useChapter 18
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skeptical
2 uses
"Of course I'm coming back!"
Hephaestus studied me skeptically.
skeptically = in a doubtful manner (regarding the truth or accuracy of the statement)
DefinitionGenerally skeptical means:
doubtful (that something is true or worthwhile)

or more rarely:

generally tending to doubt what others believe
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 3
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tentative
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
said it tentatively
The cow mooed, put one hoof tentatively on the bars, then backed away.
tentatively = in an unsure or hesitant manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tentative means:
done in a careful or unsure way (indicating a lack of confidence in exactly what will happen)
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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treacherous
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
the road is steep and treacherous
The Labyrinth is treacherous.
treacherous = dangerous
DefinitionGenerally this sense of treacherous means:
dangerous — often in a non-obvious way
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1st useChapter 5
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usurp
2 uses
He helped a usurper make a fool of me in my own palace.
usurper = one who seizes or takes control without authority
DefinitionGenerally usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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1st useChapter 11
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