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The Aeneid
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augment
8 uses
old prophecies augment her fears
augment = increase
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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daunt
8 uses
their dauntless men maintain the field
dauntless = never discouraged or intimidated
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
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Book8 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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descend
75 uses
Descending thence, I scape thro' foes and fire:
descending = moving or sloping downward
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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Book75 uses
Library30 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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desist
4 uses
Desist, my much-lov'd lord,'t indulge your pain; You bear no more than what the gods ordain.
desist = to not do something
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Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 8
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despair
35 uses
Despairing of success, ambitious to be slain!
despairing = having lost hope
DefinitionGenerally despair means:
hopelessness
Word Statistics
Book35 uses
Library26 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useBook 2
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diligent
3 uses
The cheerful crew with diligence obey
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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dissemble
9 uses
The grove itself resembles Ida's wood; And Simois seem'd the well-dissembled flood.
dissembled = deceived (hid or disguised the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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Book9 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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dissent
2 uses
Let now your immature dissension cease;
Sit quiet, and compose your souls to peace.
dissension = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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emulate
6 uses
emulate a god
emulate = imitating
DefinitionGenerally emulate means:
imitate (copy)
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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expedient
1 use
This way and that he turns his anxious mind,
And all expedients tries, and none can find.
expedients = actions that are speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Book1 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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forbearance
7 uses
Forbear thy threats:
forbear = refrain from acting upon
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book7 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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fraught
4 uses
Thus rag'd the goddess; and, with fury fraught.
fraught = full of negative things
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Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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guile
4 uses
His guileful father, sent a nightly spy,
guileful = cunning (shrewd, clever)
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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ignoble
10 uses
No vessels were in view; but, on the plain, Three beamy stags command a lordly train Of branching heads: the more ignoble throng Attend their stately steps, and slowly graze along.
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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Book10 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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officious
5 uses
The nurse moves onward, with officious care, And all the speed her aged limbs can bear.
officious = intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner
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Book5 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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perfidy
4 uses
But do not you my last request deny; With yon perfidious man your int'rest try, And bring me news, if I must live or die.
perfidious = not trustworthy (prone to intentional betrayal)
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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prudent
4 uses
The prudent Sibyl had before prepar'd
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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revere
3 uses
In pious reverence to the gods
reverence = feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SATtop 1000
1st useBook 7
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wretched
26 uses
O wretched countrymen!
wretched = unfortunate
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad, in various senses such as:
  • unfortunate or miserable
  • of poor quality
  • morally bad
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
zeal
7 uses
So much of zeal their country's cause inspir'd;
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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