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The Aeneid

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augment
8 uses
old prophecies augment her fears
augment = increase
DefinitionGenerally augment means:
enlarge or increase
Word Statistics
Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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daunt
25 uses
their dauntless men maintain the field
dauntless = never discouraged or intimidated

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in dauntless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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Book25 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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descend   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
Descending thence, I scape thro' foes and fire:
descending = moving downward
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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2  —1 use as in:
descend from royalty
  With fire and sword pursue the perjur'd brood;
  Our arms, our seas, our shores, oppos'd to theirs;
  And the same hate descend on all our heirs!"†
descend = passed on (down into the future)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
figuratively, to have come down a path from the past; i.e., to originate or come from — such as in reference to ancestors or evolutionary origins
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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3  —1 use as in:
thieves descended upon us
  Meantime Acestes, from a lofty stand,
  Beheld the fleet descending on the land;†
descending = coming or arriving
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
to come or arrive — especially suddenly or from above or as an attack
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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despair
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
she felt despair
Ours take new courage from despair and night:
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)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 2
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
But shall celestial discord never cease?
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form discordant):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 4
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disdain
34 uses
love, refus'd, converted to disdain
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
Word Statistics
Book34 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 6
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divine
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
and by laws divine
divine = coming from a god
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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forbearance
7 uses
Forbear thy threats:
forbear = refrain from acting upon
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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forsake
41 uses
All seek the mountains, and forsake the town
forsake = abandon or give up on
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
Word Statistics
Book41 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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haughty
31 uses
that haughty wish is vain!
haughty = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Book31 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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impetuous
9 uses
Th' impetuous youth press forward to the field;
They clash the sword, and clatter on the shield:
impetuous = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book9 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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lament
19 uses
Their champion's fate with pity they lament,
lament = grieve (express grief or sadness)
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 2
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obscure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
it obscured my view
Meantime, the gathering clouds obscure the skies:
obscure = make less visible
DefinitionGenerally this sense of obscure means:
to block from view or make less visible or understandable
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useBook 4
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pious
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a good, pious woman
  The ghost replied: "Your piety has paid
  All needful rites, to rest my wand'ring shade;"
piety = highly religious or moral behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 6
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reign
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She reigned over England
...you shall be taught obedience to my reign.
reign = rule (like that of a king or queen)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of reign means:
rule (like that of a king or queen); or the time during which one ruled
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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sustain   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
Her hand sustain'd a bow;
sustain'd = provided

(editor's note: More commonly, this is spelled sustained.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 1
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2  —1 use as in:
sustained through the ages
Then Juno, grieving that she should sustain
A death so ling'ring, and so full of pain,
sustain = continue (to suffer)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to continue through time
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 4
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3  —1 use as in:
sustained wounds
This endless outrage shall they still sustain?
sustain = suffer
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
to suffer (as of injury, damage, or loss)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 10
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