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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
No one was allowed in his private study, and according to Tradd and Abigail, no one entered the room, even when Commerce was out to sea.†
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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Book9 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
Mr. McLean, last week at retreat formation, someone came up behind me and said I had two weeks to leave the Institute of my own accord.†
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.30
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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
I was talkative in the morning, alive and glowing, one of those dreadful people who were the scourge of the cadets who relished silence and time and vast quantities of caffeine before their bodies could adapt to the shock of marching through a sunless world.†
adapt = change to fit a different situation; or make suitable
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 3.30
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adrenaline
1 use
I could feel my heart beat and the fiery, enlivening flow of adrenalin in the blood.†
Adrenalin = a trademark name for the chemical that is the "fight or flight" stimulating hormone secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress
DefinitionGenerally adrenaline means:
"fight or flight" stimulating hormone secreted by the adrenal gland in response to stress (making the body feel excited and ready for action)
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Book1 use
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.37
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approach
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
approached the city
A plume of smoke hung in the air where he had been standing as Mudge approached my platoon for inspection.†
approached = moved toward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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Book4 uses
Library104 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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bona fide
3 uses
A bona fide, dyed-in-the-wool, legitimate Institute man.
bona fide = real
DefinitionGenerally bona fide means:
real (genuine, true, or sincere)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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cadence
12 uses
The air filled up with the rhythm of cadence.†
cadence = rhythm or recurring pattern
DefinitionGenerally cadence means:
rhythm or recurring pattern of sounds or movements
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Book12 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.38
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contempt
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
I heard his name often during plebe week, echoing along the galleries, a name shouted contemptuously by beardless corporals.†
contemptuously = with 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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Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.16
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
If you hesitate, if you question, if you refuse, then the full fury of this cadre will descend upon you in terrible force, and together we will drive you out of this school in forty-eight hours.
descend = come
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.16
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discredit
2 uses
You'll be kicked out of school for lying and for reflecting discredit on the Institute.
discredit = damage to the reputation
DefinitionGenerally discredit means:
damage the reputation of — often causing distrust of or disbelief in
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.27
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eclectic
1 use
The furniture could only be described compassionately as beach furniture, but it reflected an eclectic, practical consciousness at work over the years.
eclectic = distinctive mix of styles
DefinitionGenerally eclectic means:
a distinctive mix of styles or ideas selected from various sources

or:  

one who selects a distinctive mix of styles or ideas rather than adopting a common set from a single source
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3.29
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florid
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a florid style
He cherished language and its skillful use, and his own style was one of sustained floridity.
floridity = elaborateness (ornamentation)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of florid means:
elaborate (with much decorative detail)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3.27
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flout
1 use
But flouting the rules of the Institute seems to have been common in this beautiful room.
flouting = openly disregarding
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.41
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illustrate
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
[ cited cases and gave illustrative examples from the past.†
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 1.9
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irrelevant
8 uses
It is irrelevant to discuss what Mr. Pignetti might have stolen.†
irrelevant = not relevant (not related to the subject being considered, or not important enough to want to consider)
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 4.41
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melancholy
15 uses
The frozen, unconvincing smile is an expression of almost incomprehensible melancholy.†
melancholy = a sad feeling or manner
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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Book15 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePro.
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rectify
1 use
I'm so sorry and I'd do anything to rectify it.
rectify = fix (make it right)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of rectify means:
correct, fix, or make right
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4.48
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relevant
2 uses
"I assure you, your honor," Mark said quickly, "the ownership of the car is extremely relevant."†
relevant = relating in a meaningful way to the issue in question
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useChapter 4.41
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resolute
13 uses
He gave me a look that linked us as spiritual allies, resolute desperadoes in headlong flight from the false and sinister veneer of Charleston.†
resolute = firm in purpose or belief
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Book13 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.10
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tyranny
9 uses
The city, river-girt, has a tyrannical need for order and symmetry.†
tyrannical = harsh and unjust
DefinitionGenerally tyranny means:
harsh and unjust rule
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 4.48
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