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ailment
1 use
We learned how to bleed men to cure them of all ailments.
ailments = illnesses
DefinitionGenerally ailment means:
an illness
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atone
1 use
We knew we had been guilty, but now we had a way to atone for it.
atone = fix or make up (for a wrong)
DefinitionGenerally atone means:
to fix or make up for a wrong — especially a sin (even if nothing can be done to make up for the wrong other than to show regret)
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avert
1 use
Their face did not move and they did not avert their eyes.
avert = prevent from happening; or turn away or aside
DefinitionGenerally avert means:
prevent from happening

or:

turn away or aside — often to turn your eyes away from something
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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dais
2 uses
And the Council of Vocations sat on a high dais, and they had but two words to speak to each of the Students.
dais = a platform raised above the surrounding level to give prominence to people on it
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depravity
1 use
It is the word by which the depraved steal the virtue of the good,
depraved = completely immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
she felt despair
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
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
hopelessness; or distress (such as extreme worry or sadness from feeling powerless to change a bad situation)
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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dictate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
Hitler dictated that...
What is my wisdom, if even the fools can dictate to me?
dictate = issue commands
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dictate means:
issue commands or orders
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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heed
3 uses
But men paid no heed to their warning.
heed = attention
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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mandate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a legal mandate
...the Council of Vocations came to give us our life mandates which tell those who reach their fifteenth year what their work is to be for the rest of their days.
mandates = instructions that must be followed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mandate means:
an instruction that must be followed; or to command
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martyr
1 use
the heir of all the saints and all the martyrs who came before him and who died for the same cause, for the same word, no matter what name they gave to their cause and their truth.
martyrs = someone who suffers for the sake of principle
DefinitionGenerally martyr means:
someone who dies or suffers to uphold principles — especially someone killed for refusing to renounce their religion, or someone who commits a suicide death in the name of their religion

or:

someone who suffers a great deal
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
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perish
7 uses
They perish from hunger and from the claws of the wild beasts...
perish = die
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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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:
to recommend or require what should be done

or more specifically:

of a medical doctor:  to give medical instructions — such as writing that a patient should take antibiotics
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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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ravine
4 uses
We burn the wood we find in the ravine.
ravine = a deep narrow steep-sided valley — especially one formed by running water
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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reprimand
2 uses
...we were reprimanded...
reprimanded = criticized
DefinitionGenerally reprimand means:
to criticize someone by telling them what they did wrong — often in a formal manner
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revere
2 uses
He will be taught reverence for his own spirit.
reverence = deep respect
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st usePart 10
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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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scorn
2 uses
we saw that their eyes, so hard and scornful to the world, were looking at...
scornful = disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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transgress
18 uses
For our gift is greater than our transgression.
transgression = breaking of rules

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally transgress means:
to violate a rule, promise, or social norm
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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vindicate
2 uses
...they had nothing else to vindicate them...
vindicate = show they were right
DefinitionGenerally vindicate means:
show to be right or justified
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