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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 19 uses
1  —18 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Justice was administered in the name and according to the decretals of Rome.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
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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Book18 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.6
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
"Tell me," Ben-Hur continued, "goest thou with these of thine own accord?"†
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8.8
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attain
10 uses
But, alas! the government of the world presumes war as an eternal condition; wherefore, over Mind and above God, the Roman has enthroned his Caesar, the absorbent of all attainable power, the prohibition of any other greatness.†
attainable = able to be gained or reached with effort

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-able" means able to be. This is the same pattern you see in words like breakable, understandable, and comfortable.)
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.5
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clamor
14 uses
From fleet and wharf, and from ship to ship, the bondmen of traffic passed in clamorous counter-currents.†
clamorous = loud noise and/or persistent demands — especially from human voice
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Book14 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6.6
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consequence   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 23 uses
1  —22 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
My life, consequently, was ordered down to its least act, its last hour.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book22 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.4
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2  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
And what was of still greater consequence to the merchant, it would be to forego his career in the midst of amazing success, and yield himself voluntarily once more a slave.†
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 4.3
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derive
18 uses
In keeping with a custom derived from Abraham, the tent of the Bedawin yet shelters his horses and children alike.†
derived = got
DefinitionGenerally derive means:
to get something from something else

(If the context doesn't otherwise indicate where something came from, it is generally from reasoning—especially deductive reasoning.)
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Book18 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.3
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discern
14 uses
Night fell, yet Ben-Hur could discern no change.†
discern = notice or understand something
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book14 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.5
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dispose
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
disposed the troops along...
The place was the best then at disposal.†
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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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.9
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dispute
11 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
She disputes his claim.
His subject was Disputation.†
disputation = a debate or formal argument

(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 dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.9
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garnish
6 uses
The descent into the valley of Hinnom was quite broken, garnished here and there with straggling wild olive-trees.†
garnished = decorated or adorned
DefinitionGenerally this sense of garnish means:
to decorate or adorn something (most typically food with another food); or the item added for decoration
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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grave
15 uses
At these words a grave smile of approval lighted the gaunt face of the Hindoo.†
grave = serious and solemn
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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Book15 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 1.8
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illustrate
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
This was according to a custom, old probably as the day of the race of Orestes—a custom, by the way, worthy of study as a marvel of history, illustrative of the absurd yet appalling extremities to which men frequently suffer their follies to drag them.†
illustrative = serving to help explain or demonstrate something

(editor's note:  The suffix "-ive" converts a word into an adjective; though over time, what was originally an adjective often comes to be used as a noun. The adjective pattern means tending to and is seen in words like attractive, impressive, and supportive. Examples of the noun include narrative, alternative, and detective.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 3.5
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inquiry
19 uses
But he fell into musing, and to her repeated inquiries only said, "He is much changed, and I shall have nothing more to do with him."†
inquiries = questions or investigations
DefinitionGenerally inquiry means:
the act of asking a question or performing an investigation
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Book19 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2.3
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interpose
6 uses
"To hear what may be passing," interposed another.†
interposed = to insert between other elements; or to interrupt or stop action by others
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.13
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minute
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
minute size
The reader will understand readily that this was the heart of the ship, the home of all aboard—eating-room, sleeping-chamber, field of exercise, lounging-place off duty—uses made possible by the laws which reduced life there to minute details and a routine relentless as death.†
minute = small
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minute means:
small, exceptionally small, or insignificant
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 8.1
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moreover
10 uses
To the Jew of that period, moreover, abode in caverns was a familiar idea, made so by every-day occurrences, and by what he heard of Sabbaths in the synagogues.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1.9
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perish
13 uses
By its help the weak sometimes thrive, when the strong perish.†
perish = die, be destroyed, or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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Book13 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 4.12
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proclivity
1 use
"And how splendid his chariot!" replies a neighbor, of the same proclivities.
proclivities = preferences
DefinitionGenerally proclivity means:
a tendency, inclination, preference, or strength
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5.12
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vengeance
24 uses
1  —24 uses as in:
vengeance is mine
If he were not dead, where would his vengeance stop?†
vengeance = the act of taking revenge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of vengeance means:
the act of taking revenge

(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
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Book24 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.8
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