a slight accession of cheerfulness

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Couch Tomato

Senior Member
Russian & Dutch
‘Now, it is very remarkable that this is so extensively overlooked, ‘continued the Time Traveller, with a slight accession of cheerfulness.
(The Time Machine – H. G. Wells)

What does 'accession' mean here? The definitions I found in Longman ( http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/accession ) don't apply here. The first is about becoming queen or president etc. I'm not sure if the definitions in the WR-dictionary apply here as well. Is the use of 'accession' unusual here?

Thank you in advance.
  • e2efour

    Senior Member
    UK English
    Never having heard accession in whatever sense is intended here, I would guess that it meant injection (i.e. added a slight note of cheerfulness).
    I would not bother to look it up in a dictionary (as I have just done, with little success).

    The interpretation given by frenchifried also sounds plausible.
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