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The Aeneid

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allay
3 uses
In fear of this, the Father of the Gods Confin'd their fury to those dark abodes, And lock'd 'em safe within, oppress'd with mountain loads; Impos'd a king, with arbitrary sway, To loose their fetters, or their force allay.†
allay = reduce the intensity of or calm
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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desist
4 uses
Desist, my much-lov'd lord,'t indulge your pain; You bear no more than what the gods ordain.†
desist = to not do something
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 8
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diligent
1 use
The cheerful crew with diligence obey
diligence = hard work and care
DefinitionGenerally this sense of diligent means:
hard work and care in tasks — often continuing when others might quit because of difficulties
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 5
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disclaim
4 uses
The nuptials he disclaims I urge no more: Let him pursue the promis'd Latian shore.†
disclaims = denies (responsibility, knowledge, or ownership)
DefinitionGenerally disclaim means:
to deny (responsibility for, knowledge of, or ownership of)
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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dissemble
9 uses
The grove itself resembles Ida's wood; And Simois seem'd the well-dissembled flood.†
dissembled = deceived (hid or disguised the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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dissent
2 uses
Let now your immature dissension cease;
Sit quiet, and compose your souls to peace.
dissension = disagreement

(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 dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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diversify
1 use
A purple scarf, with gold embroider'd o'er, (Queen Dido's gift,) about his waist he wore; A sword, with glitt'ring gems diversified, For ornament, not use, hung idly by his side.†
diversified = made more varied
DefinitionGenerally diversify means:
to make more varied
Diversify is used to describe variation in some things so frequently that they can be implied by the general context without a need to state them explicitly — such as:
  • with regard to people — varying races, ethnicities, and genders
  • with regard to investments — varying types of investments
  • with regard to a company — varying sources of business
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 4
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emulate
6 uses
emulate a god
emulate = imitating
DefinitionGenerally emulate means:
imitate (copy)
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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expedient
1 use
This way and that he turns his anxious mind,
And all expedients tries, and none can find.
expedients = actions that are speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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filial
5 uses
"Whither so fast?" the filial duty cried; "And why, ah why, the wish'd embrace denied?"†
filial = relating to the relationship of children to their parents
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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guile
4 uses
His guileful father, sent a nightly spy,
guileful = cunning (shrewd, clever)
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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officious
5 uses
The nurse moves onward, with officious care, And all the speed her aged limbs can bear.†
officious = too eager to tell others what to do
DefinitionGenerally officious means:
too eager to tell others what to do — often regarding unimportant matters
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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perfidy
4 uses
But do not you my last request deny; With yon perfidious man your int'rest try, And bring me news, if I must live or die.†
perfidious = not trustworthy (prone to intentional betrayal)
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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presage
14 uses
Love the first motions of the lover hears, Quick to presage, and ev'n in safety fears.†
presage = serve as a sign of something about to happen — typically something bad
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Book14 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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prudent
1 use
The prudent Sibyl had before prepar'd
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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redress
3 uses
And, as the Cretan labyrinth of old, With wand'ring ways and many a winding fold, Involv'd the weary feet, without redress, In a round error, which denied recess; So fought the Trojan boys in warlike play, Turn'd and return'd, and still a diff'rent way.†
redress = fix a problem; or make up for a wrong
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useBook 1
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revere
3 uses
In pious reverence to the gods
reverence = feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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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Book3 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 7
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satiate
3 uses
...welcome winds arise, The watchful shepherd to the forest flies, And fires the midmost plants; contagion spreads, And catching flames infect the neighb'ring heads; Around the forest flies the furious blast, And all the leafy nation sinks at last, And Vulcan rides in triumph o'er the waste; The pastor, pleas'd with his dire victory, Beholds the satiate flames in sheets ascend the sky: So Pallas' troops their scatter'd strength unite, And, pouring on their foes, their prince delight.†
satiate = to satisfy a hunger; or fill to satisfaction (typically said of hunger for food, but can be said of anything desired—such as of knowledge or sensual pleasure)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 10
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wretched
26 uses
O wretched countrymen!
wretched = unfortunate
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad
in various senses, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet."
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
zeal
7 uses
So much of zeal their country's cause inspir'd;
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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