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The Iliad by Homer (translated by: Lang, Leaf, & Myers)

Extra Credit Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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aloof
12 uses
People who don't know her, think she is aloof from the rest of the team, but she is just focused on the game.
aloof = socially distant or uninterested
DefinitionGenerally aloof means:
socially distant or uninterested in something that interests others — often thinking oneself superior to others
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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askance
2 uses
He looked askance at the offer.
askance = with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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beguile
11 uses
Few men could remain detached while looking into her beguiling eyes.
beguiling = enchanting; or enchanting and deceptive
DefinitionGenerally beguile means:
to charm, enchant, or entertain someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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bountiful
3 uses
the bountiful Thanksgiving dinner
bountiful = an abundant (large) amount
DefinitionGenerally bountiful means:
given in abundance (a large amount); or an abundant (large) amount
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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chattel
1 use
In that culture, family members were legally dependent upon the oldest male, but they were not chattel.
chattel = owned property
DefinitionGenerally chattel means:
owned property (in law, tangible property other than real estate)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 24
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chide
10 uses
She constantly chides me for my grammar.
chides = corrects or criticizes
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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cleave   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
cleave through
Large molecules cleave at their weakest points and produce smaller fragments.
cleave = split
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 16
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2  —3 uses as in:
cleave to
The New Testament quotes the Old Testament twice in saying, "Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and cleaves to this wife, and they become one flesh."
cleaves = holds firmly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to hold firmly to something — such as an object, a person or idea
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 20
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craven
2 uses
the craven fellow turned and ran
craven = exceedingly cowardly
DefinitionGenerally craven means:
exceedingly cowardly; or someone who is exceedingly cowardly
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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eschew
1 use
Her bumper sticker says "Eschew obfuscation."
eschew = avoid and stay away from
DefinitionGenerally eschew means:
avoid and stay away from deliberately
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 9
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expound
1 use
You will be asked to expound on a teacher-selected topic from the book.
expound = discuss in detail
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 18
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harangue
17 uses
My parents continuously harangue me about my grades.
harangue = annoyingly try to persuade or criticize
DefinitionGenerally harangue means:
to try to persuade, or to criticize in an impassioned and often annoying manner; or a speech with such an intent
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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iniquity
3 uses
That was when I realized I had to climb up from the depths of iniquity.
iniquity = immorality
DefinitionGenerally iniquity means:
immorality; or an immoral act
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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nimble
9 uses
Jack be nimble. Jack be quick. Jack jump over the candlestick.
nimble = quick and agile
DefinitionGenerally nimble means:
quick and agile  — typically physically, but can also reference quick, agile thinking

(someone who is agile does things easily)
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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omen
13 uses
He looked for an omen before going into battle.
omen = a sign of what would happen
DefinitionGenerally omen means:
a sign of something about to happen
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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preeminent
2 uses
I think of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra as the world's most preeminent orchestra.
preeminent = surpassing all others
DefinitionGenerally preeminent means:
outstanding or surpassing others in status, ability, or possession of a notable characteristic
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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remiss
3 uses
I'd be remiss in this overview if I didn't also mention...
remiss = careless — not doing a good job
DefinitionGenerally remiss means:
careless — especially with regard to a duty
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 13
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ruinous
11 uses
It was a ruinous war.
ruinous = extremely harmful
DefinitionGenerally ruinous means:
catastrophic or extremely harmful; or badly damaged or decayed (like ancient ruins)
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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satiate
5 uses
The candy satiated my craving for sugar.
satiated = satisfied
DefinitionGenerally satiate means:
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)
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 5
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untoward
2 uses
She was embarrassed by his untoward behavior.
untoward = improper or awkward
DefinitionGenerally untoward means:
improper, awkward, or unfavorable
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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