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aesthetic
1 use
Kosmos Who includes diversity and is Nature, ... Who holds duly his or her triune proportion of realism, spiritualism, and of the aesthetic or intellectual, Who ...
aesthetic = sense of what is beautiful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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1st useChapter 24
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ameliorate
2 uses
All, all for immortality, Love like the light silently wrapping all, Nature's amelioration blessing all, The blossoms, fruits of ages, orchards divine and certain, Forms, objects, growths, humanities, to spiritual images ripening.†
amelioration = to improve — especially a bad situation
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1st useChapter 16
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antecedent
4 uses
2 O but it is not the years—it is I, it is You, We touch all laws and tally all antecedents, We are the skald, the oracle, the monk and the knight, we easily include them and more, We stand amid time beginningless and endless, we stand amid evil and good, All swings around us, there is as much darkness as light, The very sun swings itself and its system of planets around us, Its sun, and its again, all swing around us.†
antecedents = something that happened previous to something else; or anything that precedes something
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apathy
1 use
alike in their apathy
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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1st useChapter 23
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ascend
29 uses
the moon ascending, Up from the east
ascending = moving upward
DefinitionGenerally ascend means:
to move or slope upward
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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conciliatory
1 use
extoller of hate and conciliation, Extoller of armies and those that sleep in each others' arms.
conciliation = actions intended to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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countervail
3 uses
There can be any number of supremes—one does not countervail another any more than one eyesight countervails another, or one life countervails another.†
countervails = compensate for or counterbalance
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1st useChapter 23
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descend
27 uses
large and melodious thoughts descend upon me
descend = come
DefinitionGenerally descend means:
move or slope downward

or:

come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor

or:

come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
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Library33 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
the needed discord
discord = conflict or disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
A harsh discordant natal scream
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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emerge
25 uses
Simple and fresh and fair from winter's close emerging,
emerging = coming out or appearing
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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emulate
2 uses
I swear there is no greatness or power that does not emulate those of the earth,
emulate = imitate
DefinitionGenerally emulate means:
imitate (copy)
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1st useChapter 16
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guile
3 uses
Forth from their masks, ... from craft and guile and...
guile = cunning (shrewd, clever) and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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1st useChapter 8
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immortal
49 uses
O how the immortal phantoms crowd around me!
immortal = lasting forever
DefinitionGenerally immortal means:
someone who lives forever

or:

a person of enduring fame
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Book49 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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indifferent
17 uses
I am then indifferent, my soul declines to prefer
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest
in various senses, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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1st useChapter 2
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indolent
3 uses
I dab with bare feet, they are lick'd by the indolent waves,
indolent = slow and lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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1st useChapter 3
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inevitable
6 uses
Discovering today there is no lie or form of lie, and can be none, but grows as inevitably upon itself as the truth does upon itself,
inevitably = certainly that it will happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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mockery
30 uses
Its effusion of strength and will overwhelms law and mocks all authority and all argument against it.
mocks = ridicules

(editor's note:  In this case, the author is saying it makes fun of authority because authority is so inadequate in comparison.)
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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Library30 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 17
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revere
2 uses
The sum of all known reverence I add up in you whoever you are,
reverence = feelings of deep 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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1st useChapter 15
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venerate
2 uses
why should I venerate and be ceremonious?
venerate = respectful and reverent
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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1st useChapter 32
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