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approach
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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 (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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deign
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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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ecstasy
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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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edict
1 use
It is my will which chooses, and the choice of my will is the only edict I must respect.†
edict = an order — typically a formal proclamation or a legally binding court decree
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endeavor
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What is the secret our heart has understood and yet will not reveal to us, although it seems to beat as if it were endeavoring to tell it?†
endeavoring = trying or attempting
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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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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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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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
instruments such as:
  • an instrument to measure electronic voltage
  • a surgical tool used for examination
  • an unmanned spacecraft used for exploration
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pyre
5 uses
As the chains were wound over their body at the stake, and a flame set to the pyre,
pyre = stacked wood (to burn a body)

(editor's note:  A pyre could refer to wood stacked for another reason, but most commonly it is used in the context of a funeral pyre to burn a body.)
DefinitionGenerally pyre means:
a pile of wood or other burnable material — especially to burn a dead body as in a funeral rite
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raze
1 use
And the day will come when I shall break all the chains of the earth, and raze the cities of the enslaved, and my home will become the capital of a world where each man will be free to exist for his own sake.†
raze = completely destroy
DefinitionGenerally raze means:
completely destroy — usually of buildings with the implication that they are flattened to the ground
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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:
in a very serious (and often dignified) manner
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taut
1 use
But their face was taut, and their eyes were dark.†
taut = pulled or drawn tight;
or: subjected to great tension
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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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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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