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Antigone
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anarchy
2 uses
What evils are not wrought by Anarchy!
anarchy = the absence of political authority
DefinitionGenerally anarchy means:
the complete absence of political authority; or more generally, complete absence of order
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deemed
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Of all these Thebans none so deems but thou.
deems = believes or judges
DefinitionGenerally deemed means:
believed or judged
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
deferring to a father's will
deferring = submitting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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deprecate
1 use
We offered first a prayer To Pluto and the goddess of cross-ways, With contrite hearts, to deprecate their ire.
deprecate = to belittle (diminish the value of) or express disapproval of something
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disdain
1 use
Thus Dryas' child, the rash Edonian King,
For words of high disdain
Did Bacchus to a rocky dungeon bring,
To cool the madness of a fevered brain.
disdain = a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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divine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
She was sprung of gods, divine,
divine = wonderful (as though having come from the gods)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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2  —1 use as in:
divined from tea leaves
The divination of my arts shall tell.
divination = the act of predicting or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
to predict or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
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flout
2 uses
Now if she thus can flout authority Unpunished, I am woman, she the man.
flout = openly disregard
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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grievous
6 uses
the obstinate soul that fights with Fate, is smitten grievously.
grievously = very badly (causing grief)

(editor's note:  smitten is a synonym for stricken  — as with a blow or with defeat)
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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heed
6 uses
I will heed.
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
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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immutable
1 use
Nor did I deem that thou, a mortal man, Could'st by a breath annul and override The immutable unwritten laws of Heaven.
immutable = not subject or susceptible to change
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lament
6 uses
SECOND MESSENGER Hearing the loud lament above her son With her own hand she stabbed herself to the heart.
lament = expressing grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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mortal
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
mortal body
Poor mortals, how we labor all in vain!
mortals = people (who lack the power of gods)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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perish
6 uses
CREON The patriot perished by the outlaw's brand.
perished = died, was destroyed, or ceased to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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pious
3 uses
O sister, scorn me not, let me but share Thy work of piety, and with thee die.
piety = highly moral behavior
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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resolve
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, the late king of Thebes, in defiance of Creon who rules in his stead, resolves to bury her brother Polyneices, slain in his attack on Thebes.
resolves = decides
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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specious
1 use
A specious pretext.
specious = seemingly good, but without merit

(editor's note:  pretext is a synonym for excuse)
DefinitionGenerally specious means:
seemingly good, but without merit

or:

insincere, but seemingly good
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wrought   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
wrought iron
a well-wrought brazen urn
wrought = worked (in this case decoratively)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
worked — as when iron is shaped to fit by bending or beating
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2  —1 use as in:
the damage he has wrought
In what wise was her self-destruction wrought?
wrought = made to happen
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
caused to happen or occurred as a consequence
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Zeus
13 uses
Thy might, O Zeus, what mortal power can quell?
Zeus = Greek mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
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