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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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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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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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dispose of the matter
The forest disposes of its own victims.
disposes = settles (something so it no longer requires attention) (in this case to kill and make disappear)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
to settle something so it no longer requires attention
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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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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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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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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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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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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) (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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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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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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 7
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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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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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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 = full of disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
treat with a strong disrespect or disdain — sometimes accompanied by a feeling of intense dislike
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
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transgress
18 uses
For our gift is greater than our transgression.
transgression = breaking of rules
DefinitionGenerally transgress means:
to violate a rule, promise, or social norm
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Book18 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 12
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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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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePart 6
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