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The Iliad by Homer (translated by: Lang, Leaf, & Myers)
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Agamemnon
167 uses
The 2004 film, Troy, depicted Agamemnon in an especially unsympathetic manner.
Agamemnon = Greek mythology:  the king who lead the Greeks against Troy in the Trojan War
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albeit
19 uses
She is just a person, albeit a very powerful person.
albeit = although
DefinitionGenerally albeit means:
although (used to introduce a phrase that reduces or modifies the effect of what preceded it)
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Book19 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 4
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Aphrodite
34 uses
In Roman mythology, Venus is the counterpart to the Greek Aphrodite.
Aphrodite = Greek mythology:  goddess of love and beauty
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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
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1st useBook 3
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beseech
21 uses
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Book21 uses
Library4 uses 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
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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)
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1st useBook 24
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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
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Book2 uses
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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
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1st useBook 9
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foal
1 use
I've trained her to ride since she was a foal.
foal = young horse
DefinitionGenerally foal means:
a young horse; or giving birth to a young horse
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1st useBook 23
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Hephaestus
1 use
Vulcan is the Roman counterpart to the Greek Hephaestus.
Hephaestus = Greek mythology:  the god of fire and metalworking who needed a stick to walk
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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
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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portent
4 uses
believes the Golden Globe Awards are portents of the upcoming Academy Awards
portents = signs of things about to happen
DefinitionGenerally portent means:
a sign of something about to happen
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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pyre
22 uses
While cremation is not uncommon in the western world, open air funeral pyres are typically illegal.
pyres = piles of wood or other burnable materials
DefinitionGenerally pyre means:
a pile of wood or other burnable material — especially to burn a dead body as in a funeral rite
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Book22 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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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
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 13
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revise
4 uses
How can you revise that paragraph to improve the expression of ideas?
revise = improve (change)
DefinitionGenerally revise means:
to change (and hopefully improve) — most frequently to improve a written document, but it can be any intentional change such as a change in an estimated amount, a plan, or a series of procedures
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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tempestuous
1 use
She has a tempestuous relationship with her mother.
tempestuous = turbulent (emotionally violent)
DefinitionGenerally tempestuous means:
strongly turbulent — as of a storm or unstable emotions
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1st useBook 12
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vanquish
21 uses
The team vanquished all competition.
vanquished = completely defeated
DefinitionGenerally vanquish means:
to defeat completely
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Book21 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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vex
23 uses
It is a vexing problem.
vexing = annoying
DefinitionGenerally vex means:
to annoy or disturb
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Book23 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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whet
4 uses
The appetizer whet our appetite for what was to come.
whet = increased
DefinitionGenerally whet means:
to increase a sense or desire

or more rarely:  to sharpen a knife or other cutting edge
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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