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assail
1 use
Go to, and make your profit where ye will, Silver of Sardis change for gold of Ind; Ye will not purchase this man's burial, Not though the winged ministers of Zeus Should bear him in their talons to his throne; Not e'en in awe of prodigy so dire Would I permit his burial, for I know No human soilure can assail the gods; This too I know, Teiresias, dire's the fall Of craft and cunning when it tries to gloss Foul treachery with fair words for filthy gain.†
assail = attack
DefinitionGenerally assail means:
attack physically or verbally
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bastion
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By Nysa's bastion ivy-clad, By shores with clustered vineyards glad, There to thee the hymn rings out, And through our streets we Thebans shout, All hall to thee Evoe, Evoe!†
bastion = defense or defensive fortification
DefinitionGenerally bastion means:
defense or defensive fortification — such as people who defend a principle or fortifications that defend people from attack (especially the projecting part of a castle wall or rampart)
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chastise
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Chastisement for errors past Wisdom brings to age at last.†
chastisement = to scold or criticize
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consequence
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
of little consequence
Yet 'tis no easy matter to discern The temper of a man, his mind and will, Till he be proved by exercise of power; And in my case, if one who reigns supreme Swerve from the highest policy, tongue-tied By fear of consequence, that man I hold, And ever held, the basest of the base.†
consequence = importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
importance or relevance
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convention
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
to convene
But you by special summons I convened As my most trusted councilors; first, because I knew you loyal to Laius of old; Again, when Oedipus restored our State, Both while he ruled and when his rule was o'er, Ye still were constant to the royal line.†
convened = met or gathered
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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denizen
1 use
Know then for sure, the coursers of the sun Not many times shall run their race, before Thou shalt have given the fruit of thine own loins In quittance of thy murder, life for life; For that thou hast entombed a living soul, And sent below a denizen of earth, And wronged the nether gods by leaving here A corpse unlaved, unwept, unsepulchered.†
denizen = a person or animal that inhabits or frequently visits a particular place
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dissipate
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She ruins States, and overthrows the home, She dissipates and routs the embattled host; While discipline preserves the ordered ranks.†
dissipates = to gradually disappear; or to gradually waste
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exeunt
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[Exeunt] CHORUS (Str.†
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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forsake
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I' faith thy wit forsook thee when thou mad'st Thy choice with evil-doers to do ill.†
forsook = abandoned or gave up on
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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fraught
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Of happiness the chiefest part Is a wise heart: And to defraud the gods in aught With peril's fraught.†
fraught = full of negative things
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hackneyed
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doth any know and lay to heart— CREON Is this the prelude to some hackneyed saw?
hackneyed = writing that befits a hack writer; i.e., writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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invincible
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For as her consort still, enthroned with Justice above, Thou bendest man to thy will, O all invincible Love.†
invincible = impossible to defeat or overcome
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pallid
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Then the boy, Wroth with himself, poor wretch, incontinent Fell on his sword and drove it through his side Home, but yet breathing clasped in his lax arms The maid, her pallid cheek incarnadined With his expiring gasps.†
pallid = abnormally pale (lacking healthy skin color); or anything that lacks energy or liveliness
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provoke
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To disobey these laws and so provoke
The wrath of Heaven.
provoke = to cause a reaction (in this case anger)
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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prudent
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CREON What, would you have us at our age be schooled, Lessoned in prudence by a beardless boy?
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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revere
5 uses
'Tis labor lost, to reverence the dead.
reverence = act out of 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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taint
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For, yet a little while, And sound of lamentation shall be heard, Of men and women through thy desolate halls; And all thy neighbor States are leagues to avenge Their mangled warriors who have found a grave I' the maw of wolf or hound, or winged bird That flying homewards taints their city's air.†
taints = spoils (so it is not as desirable)
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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talon
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Sitting upon my throne of augury, As is my wont, where every fowl of heaven Find harborage, upon mine ears was borne A jargon strange of twitterings, hoots, and screams; So knew I that each bird at the other tare With bloody talons, for the whirr of wings Could signify naught else.†
talons = sharp hooked claws
DefinitionGenerally talon means:
a sharp hooked claw — especially on a bird of prey
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usurp
1 use
thou usurp'st a power not thine.
usurp = seize or take control without authority
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windward
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Then we sat High on the ridge to windward of the stench, While each man kept he fellow alert and rated Roundly the sluggard if he chanced to nap.†
windward = the direction from which the wind is coming
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