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Pudd'nhead Wilson

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capricious
2 uses
...his capricious temper and vicious nature.
capricious = impulsive or unpredictable
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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complacent
2 uses
His face lit up with pride and pleasure at that thought, and he said with a cheery complacency, "I like that—it's the true old blood—hey, Pembroke?"
complacency = satisfaction
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 9
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
Tom's countenance darkened, for his memory reverted to his kicking.
countenance = facial expression
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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digress
2 uses
After this long digression we have now arrived once more at the point where Pudd'nhead Wilson, while waiting for the arrival of the twins...
digression = instance of wandering form the main storyline

(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 digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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diligent
3 uses
For with all his tireless diligence he had discovered no sign or trace of the...
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 16
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disdain
1 use
She swung herself around disdainfully, and started away.
disdainfully = with a lack of respect; or with a sense of superiority
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 8
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endure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
She couldn't endure the thought of it.
endure = bear (suffer through; or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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Library18 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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2  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
The holy passion of Friendship is of so sweet and steady and loyal and enduring a nature that it will last through a whole lifetime, if not asked to lend money.
enduring = lasting (continue to exist)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
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Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 8
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guile
2 uses
Tom answered guilelessly: "It don't stand at all; it's all over."
guilelessly = without cunning (shrewdness, cleverness) or deceit

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-lessly" in guilelessly means in a manner that is without. This is the same pattern you see in words like harmlessly, fearlessly, and remorselessly.)
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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pious
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
Her piety was no sham, but was strong and sincere.
piety = religious belief
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useChapter 2
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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
A profound terror had taken possession of her.
profound = of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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rectify
2 uses
Then a man spoke from the crowd, and said that while he was very sorry that the mistake had been made, it would not be possible to rectify it at the present meeting.
rectify = fix
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 11
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refute
1 use
He was eager to hear the slander refuted from headquarters...
refuted = proved false

(editor's note:  A slander is a false statement that hurts someone's reputation.)
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 12
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resolve   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Roxy had no home now; so she resolved to go around and say good-by to her friends and then clear out and see the world—
resolved = definitely decided
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 2
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2  —1 use as in:
Her resolve weakened.
He was loath to withdraw his faith from the twins, and was resolved not to do it on the present indecisive evidence; but—well, he would think, and then decide how to act.
resolved = determined (having firm intent)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
firmness of purpose (strong determination to do something)
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 15
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revere
4 uses
...she was surprised to see how steadily and surely the awe which had kept her tongue reverent and her manner humble toward her young master was transferring itself to...
reverent = feeling or showing respect and admiration
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Book4 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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scrutiny
3 uses
[Every man in the room had his hand up to the light now ... and was minutely scrutinizing the balls of his fingers; there were whispered ejaculations of 'Why, it's so—I never noticed that before!'] The patterns on the right hand are not the same as those on the left.
scrutinizing = looking at 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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Book3 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 21
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trifle
11 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
a trifling matter
Wilson showed a trifle of irritation when he replied...
trifle = a small amount
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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usurp
5 uses
"Tom" was a bad baby, from the very beginning of his usurpation.
usurpation = act of seizing or taking control without authority

(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 usurp means:
seize or take control without authority
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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vivacious
2 uses
The company broke up reluctantly, and drifted toward their several homes, chatting with vivacity and all agreeing that it would be many a long day before Dawson's Landing would see the equal of this one again.
vivacity = n engaging liveliness
DefinitionGenerally vivacious means:
having an engaging liveliness — when said of a person, typically said of a female
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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