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Anthem
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ailment
1 use
We learned how to bleed men to cure them of all ailments.
ailments = illnesses
DefinitionGenerally ailment means:
an illness
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atone
1 use
We knew we had been guilty, but now we had a way to atone for it.
atone = make amends
DefinitionGenerally atone means:
make amends for — especially a sin

(To make amends is to try to mend or makeup for a wrong.)
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avert
1 use
Their face did not move and they did not avert their eyes.
avert = prevent from happening; or turn away or aside
DefinitionGenerally avert means:
prevent from happening

or:

turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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covet
2 uses
I covet no man's soul,
covet = want
DefinitionGenerally covet means:
to strongly want (something—especially something that belongs to another)
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dais
2 uses
And the Council of Vocations sat on a high dais, and they had but two words to speak to each of the Students.
dais = a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to people on it
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deign
1 use
They threw seeds from their hand as if they deigned to fling a scornful gift, and the earth was a beggar under their feet.
deigned = did something they considered to be beneath their dignity
DefinitionGenerally deign means:
do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
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depravity
1 use
It is the word by which the depraved steal the virtue of the good,
depraved = completely immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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dictate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Hitler dictated that
What is my wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me?
dictate = issue commands
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dictate means:
issue commands or orders
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
The forest disposes of its own victims.
disposes = settles (something so it no longer requires attention) (in this case to kill and make disappear)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
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heed
3 uses
But men paid no heed to their warning.
heed = attention
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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mandate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a legal mandate
...the Council of Vocations came to give us our life mandates which tell those who reach their fifteenth year what their work is to be for the rest of their days.
mandates = instructions that must be followed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mandate means:
an instruction that must be followed; or to command
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martyr
1 use
the heir of all the saints and all the martyrs who came before him and who died for the same cause, for the same word, no matter what name they gave to their cause and their truth.
martyrs = someone who suffers for the sake of principle
DefinitionGenerally martyr means:
someone who suffers for the sake of principle — especially someone killed for refusing to renounce their religion

or:

someone who suffers a great deal
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perish
7 uses
They perish from hunger and from the claws of the wild beasts...
perish = die
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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ravine
4 uses
We burn the wood we find in the ravine.
ravine = a deep narrow steep-sided valley — especially one formed by running water
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reprimand
2 uses
...we were reprimanded...
reprimanded = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reprimand means:
to criticize someone by telling them what they did wrong — often in a formal manner
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revere
2 uses
He will be taught reverence for his own spirit.
reverence = deep respect
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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scorn
2 uses
we saw that their eyes, so hard and scornful to the world, were looking at...
scornful = full of disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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transgress
18 uses
For our gift is greater than our transgression.
transgression = breaking of rules
DefinitionGenerally transgress means:
to violate a rule, promise, or social norm
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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vindicate
2 uses
...they had nothing else to vindicate them...
vindicate = show they were right
DefinitionGenerally vindicate means:
show to be right or justified
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vocation
8 uses
You shall do that which the Council of Vocations shall prescribe for you.
vocations = types of jobs that people have
DefinitionGenerally vocation means:
a particular type of job
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