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ascend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
ascend the mountain
the moon ascending, Up from the east
ascending = rising
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ascend means:
to move or slope upward — sometimes figuratively as when climbing the corporate ladder
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21
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bard
10 uses
Yet louder, higher, stronger, bard!
bard = a lyric poet
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bard means:
someone who composes and recites or sings poems about important events and people; or (as a proper noun) Shakespeare
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Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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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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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)

(editor's note: This is more commonly spelled deferred.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 11
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descend   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
...her coarse straight locks descended upon her voluptuous limbs and reach'd to her feet.†
descended = hung down
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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2  —1 use as in:
descend from royalty
That its life has descended to the stalwart and well-shaped heir who approaches,†
descended = passed (as though genetically or through time)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
figuratively, to have come down a path from the past; i.e., to originate or come from — such as in reference to ancestors or evolutionary origins
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 23
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3  —2 uses as in:
thieves descended upon us
large and melodious thoughts descend upon me
descend = come
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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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 — especially among those expected to cooperate
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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SAT®*top 1000
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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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
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 2
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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
Library8 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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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
Library5 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
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 19
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latent
20 uses
I believe you are latent with unseen existences
latent = potentially existing but not presently evident or active
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Book20 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
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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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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