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

Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

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beseech
21 uses
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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bronze
21 uses
1  —21 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The sculpture of a bull on Wall Street is made of bronze.
bronze = a brownish metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 4
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dwell
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
There is a second dwelling unit on the property.
dwelling = home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 2
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entreat
19 uses
She flattered and entreated him until he agreed to help.
entreated = asked
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
Word Statistics
Book19 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 22
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forthwith
39 uses
The judge ordered her release "forthwith."
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
Word Statistics
Book39 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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frayed
14 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
into the fray
I'm hesitant to join the political fray.
fray = fight or struggle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fray means:
a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation that usually is not well organized
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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grievous
52 uses
She suffered grievous bodily harm.
grievous = very serious; or very bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
Word Statistics
Book52 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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heed
22 uses
Heed the advice of the old women.
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
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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moreover
24 uses
The company has too much debt. Moreover, it is responsible for a long term lease on expensive office space.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 1
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mortal
20 uses
1  —20 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book20 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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perish
57 uses
...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln  --  Gettysburg Address
perish = be destroyed or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
Word Statistics
Book57 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 1
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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
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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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
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st usePref.
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subdue
6 uses
1  —6 uses
verb as in: subdued the opposition
She was threatening people with a knife, but police used a Taser to subdue her.
subdue = overcome and control
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subdue means:
to control, prevent, or make less intense — sometimes through force
The exact meaning of subdue depends upon its context. For example:
  • "subdued a nation" — defeated militarily and brought under control
  • "subdued the fever" — made it less intense or defeated it
  • "subdued her enthusiasm" — made it less intense
  • "subdued her fears" — made them less intense or overcame them
  • "subdued my emotions" — kept them under control
  • "subdued the crowd" — quieted or controlled it
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 16
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valor
48 uses
She received a medal for valor.
valor = courage (exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle)
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
Word Statistics
Book48 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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wrath
72 uses
She could hardly contain her wrath when she learned he had betrayed her.
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book72 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 14 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 6
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2  —13 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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Zeus
445 uses
The ancient Olympic Games were held at Olympia in honor of Zeus.
Zeus = Greek mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
Word Statistics
Book445 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePref.
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