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craven
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So at the bidding of our distraught lord We looked, and in the craven's vaulted gloom I saw the maiden lying strangled there, A noose of linen twined about her neck; And hard beside her, clasping her cold form, Her lover lay bewailing his dead bride Death-wedded, and his father's cruelty.†
craven = exceedingly cowardly; or someone who is exceedingly cowardly
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denizen
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Know then for sure, the coursers of the sun Not many times shall run their race, before Thou shalt have given the fruit of thine own loins In quittance of thy murder, life for life; For that thou hast entombed a living soul, And sent below a denizen of earth, And wronged the nether gods by leaving here A corpse unlaved, unwept, unsepulchered.†
denizen = a person or animal that inhabits or frequently visits a particular place
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despondent
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Why this despondency?
despondency = depression
DefinitionGenerally despondent means:
emotionally depressed — especially a feeling of grief and hopelessness after a loss
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discern
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Yet 'tis no easy matter to discern
The temper of a man, his mind and will,
discern = to notice or understand something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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divine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
to forgive is divine
She was sprung of gods, divine,
divine = wonderful (as though having come from the gods)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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2  —1 use as in:
divined from tea leaves
The divination of my arts shall tell.
divination = the act of predicting or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", 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 action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
to predict or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
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exeunt
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[Exeunt] CHORUS (Str.†
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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flout
2 uses
Now if she thus can flout authority Unpunished, I am woman, she the man.†
flout = openly disregard
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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hackneyed
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doth any know and lay to heart— CREON Is this the prelude to some hackneyed saw?
hackneyed = writing that befits a hack writer; i.e., writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
DefinitionGenerally hackneyed means:
lacking impact due to too much previous exposure — especially writing that is unimaginative and filled with overused expressions, ideas, and formulas
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hapless
3 uses
Hapless child
hapless = unlucky or unfortunate
DefinitionGenerally hapless means:
unlucky or unfortunate — often making others feel pity
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inveterate
1 use
CREON What an inveterate babbler! get thee gone!†
inveterate = habitual; or something of long standing
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pretense
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My lord, I will not make pretense to pant
And puff as some light-footed messenger.
pretense = a false appearance or action to help one pretend
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provoke
4 uses
To disobey these laws and so provoke
The wrath of Heaven.
provoke = to cause a reaction (in this case anger)
DefinitionGenerally provoke means:
to cause a reaction — typically an emotional reaction such as anger; and sometimes caused intentionally
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prudent
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CREON What, would you have us at our age be schooled, Lessoned in prudence by a beardless boy?
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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quibble
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CREON Go, quibble with thy reason.†
quibble = argue or argument (about unimportant things)
DefinitionGenerally quibble means:
to argue about unimportant things; or an argument or complaint about something unimportant
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revere
5 uses
'Tis labor lost, to reverence the dead.
reverence = act out of 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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scapegoat
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And he convinced us all; so lots were cast, And I, unlucky scapegoat, drew the prize.†
scapegoat = someone blamed or punished for the errors of others

(editor's note:  This expression comes from an ancient Jewish ritual in which the sins of the people were ritually transferred to a goat which was then driven into the desert away from the community.)
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taint
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For, yet a little while, And sound of lamentation shall be heard, Of men and women through thy desolate halls; And all thy neighbor States are leagues to avenge Their mangled warriors who have found a grave I' the maw of wolf or hound, or winged bird That flying homewards taints their city's air.†
taints = spoils (so it is not as desirable)
DefinitionGenerally taint means:
to spoil something so it is not desirable — as when bacteria contaminates a food; or as when a rumor makes people distrust a person
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usurp
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thou usurp'st a power not thine.
usurp = seize or take control without authority
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vindicate
1 use
Against our land the proud invader came To vindicate fell Polyneices' claim.
vindicate = clear of accusation, blame, suspicion, or doubt; or show to be right
DefinitionGenerally vindicate means:
show to be right or justified
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