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Antigone
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contrite
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We offered first a prayer
To Pluto and the goddess of cross-ways,
With contrite hearts, to deprecate their ire.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense

(editor's note: "deprecate their ire" could be said  as "soften their anger".)
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craven
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So at the bidding of our distraught lord We looked, and in the craven's vaulted gloom I saw the maiden lying strangled there, A noose of linen twined about her neck; And hard beside her, clasping her cold form, Her lover lay bewailing his dead bride Death-wedded, and his father's cruelty.
craven = exceedingly cowardly; or someone who is exceedingly cowardly
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despondent
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Why this despondency?
despondency = depression
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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discern
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Yet 'tis no easy matter to discern
The temper of a man, his mind and will,
discern = to notice or understand something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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forbearance
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Sister, forbear, or I shall hate thee soon, And the dead man will hate thee too, with cause.
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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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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hapless
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Hapless child
hapless = unlucky or unfortunate
DefinitionGenerally hapless means:
unlucky or unfortunate — often making others feel pity
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inveterate
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CREON What an inveterate babbler! get thee gone!
inveterate = habitual; or something of long standing
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liege
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CHORUS I had misgivings from the first, my liege, Of something more than natural at work.
liege = a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service

or:

a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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obstinate
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No fool, the saw goes, like the obstinate fool.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes

(editor's note:  saw is a way of saying familiar saying)
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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poignant
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At this thou touchest my most poignant pain, My ill-starred father's piteous disgrace, The taint of blood, the hereditary stain, That clings to all of Labdacus' famed race.
poignant = profoundly touching the emotions —  especially sadness or pity
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portend
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What he saith, Portends no other thing than death.
portends = indicate by signs that something is going to happen — especially something bad
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pretense
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My lord, I will not make pretense to pant
And puff as some light-footed messenger.
pretense = an appearance or action to help one pretend
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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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quibble
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CREON Go, quibble with thy reason.
quibble = to argue over petty things; or a trivial disagreement
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revere
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'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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scapegoat
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And he convinced us all; so lots were cast, And I, unlucky scapegoat, drew the prize.
scapegoat = someone blamed or punished for the errors of others
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usurp
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thou usurp'st a power not thine.
usurp = seize or take control without authority
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vindicate
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Against our land the proud invader came To vindicate fell Polyneices' claim.
vindicate = clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt; or show to be right
DefinitionGenerally vindicate means:
show to be right or justified
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