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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
They approach us, and they stop, laughing, knowing what we think, and they wait obediently, without questions, till it pleases us to turn and go on.†
approach = come near
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to
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deign
1 use
They threw seeds from their hand as if they deigned to fling a scornful gift, and the earth was a beggar under their feet.
deigned = did something they considered to be beneath their dignity
DefinitionGenerally deign means:
do something that one considers to be below one's dignity
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despair
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And I wish I had the power to tell them that the despair of their hearts was not to be final, and their night was not without hope.
despair = hopelessness
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ecstasy
1 use
And that night we knew that to hold the body of women in our arms is neither ugly nor shameful, but the one ecstasy granted to the race of men.
ecstasy = a state of intense happiness
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endured the pain
...and we bit our arm to stop that other pain which we could not endure.
endure = suffer through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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illustrious
1 use
We saw a great painting on the wall over their heads, of the twenty illustrious men who had invented the candle.
illustrious = famous and admired
DefinitionGenerally illustrious means:
famous and admired; or worthy of admiration
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indivisible
1 use
THERE ARE NO MEN BUT ONLY THE GREAT WE, ONE, INDIVISIBLE AND FOREVER.
indivisible = impossible to separate
DefinitionGenerally indivisible means:
impossible to separate

or:

of numbers:  impossible to evenly divide without a remainder
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infamy
1 use
"Yes," said Collective 0-0009, "we have much to say to a wretch who have broken all the laws and who boast of their infamy!"
infamy = extremely bad act
DefinitionGenerally infamy means:
famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
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nonetheless
1 use
But we said: "We shall go, none the less."†
none the less = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nonetheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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plunder
1 use
I am done with the monster of "We," the word of serfdom, of plunder, of misery, falsehood and shame.
plunder = stealing
DefinitionGenerally plunder means:
to steal — often after conquering the location with the goods

or:

the goods stolen
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ponder
1 use
The nature of our punishment, if it be discovered, is not for the human heart to ponder.
ponder = reflect deeply on a subject
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
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prescribe
1 use
You shall do that which the Council of Vocations shall prescribe for you.
prescribe = require
DefinitionGenerally prescribe means:
of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should have antibiotics

or:

to recommend — especially with expertise

or:

to require by rule
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probe
1 use
The evil of our crime is not for the human mind to probe.
probe = to investigate
DefinitionGenerally probe means:
to investigate; or an investigation

or:

any of various instrument used for investigation — such as:
  • an instrument to measure electronic voltage
  • a surgical tool used for examination
  • an unmanned spacecraft used for exploration
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redemption
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
its main redeeming quality is...
We have torn ourselves from the truth which is our brother men, and there is no road back for us, and no redemption.
redemption = making up for it (something bad)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of redemption means:
to make up for something bad; or to save
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
by which the fools steal the wisdom of the sages.
sages = wise people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
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solemn
1 use
We walked through empty passages and into the great hall where the World Council of Scholars sat in solemn meeting.
solemn = serious and dignified
DefinitionGenerally solemn means:
very serious—and often dignified
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whim
1 use
Therefore it cannot be destroyed by the whim of one.
whim = a sudden desire that arises without any logical explanation
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wither
1 use
on the withered fingers
withered = shriveled (wrinkled)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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wretch
2 uses
We say to ourselves that we are a wretch and a traitor.†
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
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yoke
1 use
I shall call to me all the men and the women whose spirit has not been killed within them and who suffer under the yoke of their brothers.
yoke = oppressive burden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yoke means:
an oppressive burden
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