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aesthetic
1 use
Kosmos Who includes diversity and is Nature, ... Who holds duly his or her triune proportion of realism, spiritualism, and of the aesthetic or intellectual, Who ...
aesthetic = sense of what is beautiful
DefinitionGenerally aesthetic means:
related to beauty or good taste — often referring to one's appreciation of beauty or one's sense of what is beautiful

or:

beautiful or tasteful
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1st useChapter 24
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apathy
1 use
alike in their apathy
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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ascend
29 uses
the moon ascending, Up from the east
ascending = moving upward
DefinitionGenerally ascend means:
to move or slope upward
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Book29 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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benevolent
5 uses
for I would be the boldest and truest being of the universe, And who benevolent?
benevolent = kind or generous
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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1st useChapter 32
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complacent
1 use
Apart from the pulling and hauling stands what I am,
Stands amused, complacent, compassionating, idle, unitary,
complacent = contented (unworried and satisfied)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useChapter 3
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conciliatory
1 use
extoller of hate and conciliation, Extoller of armies and those that sleep in each others' arms.
conciliation = actions intended to end bad feelings or build trust
DefinitionGenerally conciliatory means:
intended to end bad feelings or build trust
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1st useChapter 3
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descend
27 uses
large and melodious thoughts descend upon me
descend = come
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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Book27 uses
Library33 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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discord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
the needed discord
discord = conflict or disagreement
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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1st useChapter 34
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2  —1 use as in:
discordant music
A harsh discordant natal scream
discordant = unpleasant sounding
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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1st useChapter 17
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emerge
25 uses
Simple and fresh and fair from winter's close emerging,
emerging = coming out or appearing
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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Library46 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 1
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emulate
2 uses
I swear there is no greatness or power that does not emulate those of the earth,
emulate = imitate
DefinitionGenerally emulate means:
imitate (copy)
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1st useChapter 16
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guile
3 uses
Forth from their masks, ... from craft and guile and...
guile = cunning (shrewd, clever) and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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1st useChapter 8
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immortal
49 uses
O how the immortal phantoms crowd around me!
immortal = lasting forever
DefinitionGenerally immortal means:
someone who lives forever

or:

a person of enduring fame
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Book49 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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indifferent
17 uses
I am then indifferent, my soul declines to prefer
indifferent = without interest
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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indolent
3 uses
I dab with bare feet, they are lick'd by the indolent waves,
indolent = slow and lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of indolent means:
lazy; disinclined to work
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1st useChapter 3
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inevitable
6 uses
Discovering today there is no lie or form of lie, and can be none, but grows as inevitably upon itself as the truth does upon itself,
inevitably = certainly that it will happen
DefinitionGenerally inevitable means:
certain to happen (even if one tried to prevent it)
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Book6 uses
Library21 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 6
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mockery
30 uses
Its effusion of strength and will overwhelms law and mocks all authority and all argument against it.
mocks = ridicules

(editor's note:  In this case, the author is saying it makes fun of authority because authority is so inadequate in comparison.)
DefinitionGenerally mockery means:
ridicule (to make fun of)

or:

something so inadequate it is ridiculous (silly)
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Book30 uses
Library29 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 17
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novel
1 use
I candidly confess a queer, queer race, of novel fashion,
And yet the same old human race, the same within, without,
Faces and hearts the same, feelings the same, yearnings the same,
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
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1st useChapter 13
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pious
5 uses
Something far away from a puny and pious life!
pious = behaving in a highly moral or religious manner
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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venerate
2 uses
why should I venerate and be ceremonious?
venerate = respectful and reverent
DefinitionGenerally venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 32
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