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appropriate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Congress will appropriate funds
But this poetry done into solemn prose meant either wholesale confiscation of private property in the South, or vast appropriations.
appropriations = funding

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of appropriate means:
to set aside for a particular use
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attain
6 uses
The ideal of liberty demanded for its attainment powerful means, and these the Fifteenth Amendment gave him.†
attainment = the gaining or reaching of something with effort; or something gained with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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bequeath
1 use
The panic of 1837, which Jackson bequeathed to Van Buren, turned the planters from the impoverished lands of Virginia, the Carolinas, and east Georgia, toward the West.
bequeathed = passed down
DefinitionGenerally bequeath means:
give or pass down — often upon death in a will
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catholic
2 uses
Why not here, and perhaps elsewhere, plant deeply and for all time centres of learning and living, colleges that yearly would send into the life of the South a few white men and a few black men of broad culture, catholic tolerance, and trained ability, joining their hands to other hands, and giving to this squabble of the Races a decent and dignified peace?†
catholic = universal or inclusive of a wide range of people or interests
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consequence
8 uses
1  —8 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Consequently, payments were accompanied by such frauds that Congress, by joint resolution in 1867, put the whole matter in the hands of the Freedmen's Bureau.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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1st useChapter 9
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correspond
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
corresponding time period
When her mother could spare her, 'Tildy came,—a midnight beauty, with starry eyes and tapering limbs; and her brother, correspondingly homely.†
correspondingly = in a manner that is connected or fits together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched
DefinitionGenerally this sense of correspond means:
connect or fit together by being equivalent, proportionate, or matched

(Two things are equivalent if they have the same or very similar value, purpose, or result.)
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discriminate
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
discriminating taste
First, it is the duty of black men to judge the South discriminatingly.†
discriminatingly = in a way that recognizes or perceives differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discriminate means:
to recognize or perceive differences — especially fine distinctions
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dwell
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
The dwellings were scattered rather aimlessly, but they centred about the twin temples of the hamlet, the Methodist, and the Hard-Shell Baptist churches.†
dwellings = houses or shelters in which people live
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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emancipated
29 uses
First, in two chapters I have tried to show what Emancipation meant to them, and what was its aftermath.
emancipation = the act of being released from slavery or servitude; or (metaphorically) from social restraints

(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 emancipated means:
released from slavery or servitude; or (metaphorically) from social restraints
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grave
5 uses
Thus he passed out of the preparatory school into college, and we who watched him felt four more years of change, which almost transformed the tall, grave man who bowed to us commencement morning.†
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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intellectual
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
intellectual stimulation
At the same time, through schools and periodicals, discussions and lectures, he is intellectually quickened and awakened.†
intellectually = in a manner that relates to intelligence
DefinitionGenerally this sense of intellectual means:
related to intelligence — such as requiring, appealing to, or possessing intelligence
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listless
10 uses
Such a paradox they could not understand, and therefore sank into listless indifference, or shiftlessness, or reckless bravado.†
listless = lacking energy and normal enthusiasm
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migrate
9 uses
Schemes of migration and colonization arose among them; but these they refused to entertain, and they eventually turned to the Abolition movement as a final refuge.†
migration = movement from one place to another

(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 migrate means:
move from one place to another — sometimes seasonally
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moreover
6 uses
Moreover, the path of the practical politician pointed the same way; for, argued this opportunist, if we cannot peacefully reconstruct the South with white votes, we certainly can with black votes.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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mortgage
10 uses
The landlord therefore demands his rent in cotton, and the merchant will accept mortgages on no other crop.†
mortgages = real estate loans; or pledges something for a loan
DefinitionGenerally mortgage means:
a real estate loan; or to offer real estate as collateral for a loan

(collateral is something that has to be given to the lender if the loan isn't paid as agreed)
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perplex
10 uses
All these experiments, orders, and systems were bound to attract and perplex the government and the nation.†
perplex = to confuse
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phenomenon
4 uses
Even in the country something of this segregation is manifest in the smaller areas, and of course in the larger phenomena of the Black Belt.†
phenomena = things that exists or happened — often of special interest
DefinitionGenerally phenomenon means:
something that exists or happened — especially something of special interest — sometimes someone or something that is extraordinary
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primarily
7 uses
This is primarily because we have so little accurate knowledge of country life.†
primarily = mainly
DefinitionGenerally primarily means:
mainly (most importantly)
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righteous
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
a righteous cause
He fought among his own, the low, the grasping, and the wicked, with that unbending righteousness which is the sword of the just.†
righteousness = morally correct behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of righteous means:
morally correct; or morally justified

or:

acting or feeling morally superior — especially when it isn't true (this meaning is more typically seen as a compound word beginning with "self-")
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writhe
9 uses
In vain were they ordered back, in vain were bridges hewn from beneath their feet; on they trudged and writhed and surged, until they rolled into Savannah, a starved and naked horde of tens of thousands.†
writhed = moved in a twisting or contorted motion
DefinitionGenerally writhe means:
to move in a twisting or contorted motion — often of a person when struggling or in pain
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