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bard
30 uses
Yet louder, higher, stronger, bard!
bard = a lyric poet
DefinitionGenerally bard means:
someone who composes and recites or sings poems about important events and people
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Book30 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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candid
5 uses
fear not, be candid
candid = honest and direct
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Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 13
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capricious
7 uses
Thy unsubduedness, caprices, wilfulness
caprices = impulsive acts
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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Book7 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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copious
14 uses
Copious as stars
copious = large in number
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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Book14 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 10
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credulous
2 uses
I am the credulous man
credulous = too willing to believe
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 21
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defer   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 4 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
deferred the decision
the promise of thousands of years, till now deferr'd,
deferr'd = postponed (put off)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1
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2  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
To be servile to none, to defer to none, not to any tyrant known or unknown,
defer = submit (or yield)
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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 11
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disdain
3 uses
The summer growth is innocent and disdainful above all those strata of sour dead.
disdainful = without 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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Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 23
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diverse
11 uses
made out of a thousand diverse contributions
diverse = varied (having variety with differences)
DefinitionGenerally diverse means:
varied (having variety amongst things of the same kind) — especially with regard to ideas or members of a population group
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Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2
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diversity
5 uses
Making its cities, beginnings, events, diversities, wars, vocal in him,
diversities = varieties
DefinitionGenerally diversity means:
the condition of variety — especially in reference to members of a population group who are of different races or cultures
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 23
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divine
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Divine am I inside and out,
divine = wonderful (or splendid; or god-like; or coming from God)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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ephemeral
2 uses
scenes ephemeral
ephemeral = existing only for a short time
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 34
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extol
2 uses
extoller of hate and conciliation, Extoller of armies and those that sleep in each others' arms.
extoller = someone who expresses high praise to others
DefinitionGenerally extol means:
praise, glorify, or honor
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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haughty
14 uses
Haughty this song, its words and scope,
haughty = self-important
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Book14 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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however
11 uses
1  —11 uses as in:
However much she tried...
In that thou wouldst not really sell thyself however great the price,†
however = regardless of how
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
to whatever degree (regardless of how much; or whatever unspecified amount)
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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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incessant
16 uses
incessantly asking
incessantly = continuously
DefinitionGenerally incessant means:
continuous — often in an annoying way
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Book16 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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latent
19 uses
I believe you are latent with unseen existences
latent = potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Book19 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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pennant
28 uses
with mirth-shouting music and wild-flapping pennants of joy!
pennants = flags
DefinitionGenerally pennant means:
a flag given to a champion as an award

or:

a triangular flag (often used for nautical signals)
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Book28 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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prodigal
3 uses
its prodigal, annual, sumptuous crops,
prodigal = abundant

(editor's note:  This is a less common sense of the word. More commonly it means recklessly wasteful.)
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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prudent
9 uses
prudence is in its place
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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