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anarchy
2 uses
What evils are not wrought by Anarchy!
anarchy = the absence of political authority
DefinitionGenerally anarchy means:
the complete absence of political authority; or more generally, complete absence of order
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contrite
1 use
We offered first a prayer
To Pluto and the goddess of cross-ways,
With contrite hearts, to deprecate their ire.
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense

(editor's note: "deprecate their ire" could be said  as "soften their anger".)
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deemed
6 uses
Of all these Thebans none so deems but thou.
deems = believes or judges
DefinitionGenerally deemed means:
believed or judged
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
deferring to a father's will
deferring = submitting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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deprecate
1 use
We offered first a prayer To Pluto and the goddess of cross-ways, With contrite hearts, to deprecate their ire.
deprecate = to diminish or treat something as unimportant or of low quality; or to express disapproval
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despondent
1 use
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
1 use
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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disdain
1 use
Thus Dryas' child, the rash Edonian King,
For words of high disdain
Did Bacchus to a rocky dungeon bring,
To cool the madness of a fevered brain.
disdain = a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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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)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
to predict or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
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forbearance
2 uses
Sister, forbear, or I shall hate thee soon, And the dead man will hate thee too, with cause.
forbear = refrain (hold back) from acting
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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grievous
6 uses
the obstinate soul that fights with Fate, is smitten grievously.
grievously = very badly (causing grief)

(editor's note:  smitten is a synonym for stricken  — as with a blow or with defeat)
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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heed
6 uses
I will heed.
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
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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lament
6 uses
SECOND MESSENGER Hearing the loud lament above her son With her own hand she stabbed herself to the heart.
lament = expressing grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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mortal
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
mortal body
Poor mortals, how we labor all in vain!
mortals = people (who lack the power of gods)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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obstinate
2 uses
No fool, the saw goes, like the obstinate fool.
obstinate = stubbornly unyielding to other's wishes

(editor's note:  saw is a way of saying familiar saying)
DefinitionGenerally obstinate means:
stubbornly not doing what others want
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perish
6 uses
CREON The patriot perished by the outlaw's brand.
perished = died, was destroyed, or ceased to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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pious
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
  O sister, scorn me not, let me but share
  Thy work of piety, and with thee die.
piety = highly moral behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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pretense
1 use
My lord, I will not make pretense to pant
And puff as some light-footed messenger.
pretense = an appearance or action to help one pretend
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resolve
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
I resolved to stop drinking.
Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, the late king of Thebes, in defiance of Creon who rules in his stead, resolves to bury her brother Polyneices, slain in his attack on Thebes.
resolves = decides
DefinitionGenerally this sense of resolve means:
to decide — typically a firm or formal decision
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