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The Iliad by Homer (translated by: Lang, Leaf, & Myers)
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battalion
25 uses
Thus before Tydeides the serried battalions of the Trojans were overthrown, and they abode him not for all they were so many.†
battalions = a large group of soldiers — especially an army unit consisting of a headquarters and at least three companies
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Book25 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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bronze
195 uses
Surely thy huts are full of bronze and many women are in they huts, the chosen spoils that we Achaians give thee first of all, whene'er we take a town.†
bronze = a reddish brown metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin

or:

the reddish-brown color of the metal (such as a bronze tan)

or:

something made of the alloy — such as a sculpture
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Book195 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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cleave
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
cleave to
Yet the bronze-weighted ashen spear clave not the windpipe, so that he might yet speak words of answer to his foe.†
clave = to hold firmly to something — such as an object, a person or idea
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 20
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deemed
55 uses
So spake the Dream, and departed and left him there, deeming in his mind things that were not to be fulfilled.†
deeming = believing or judging
DefinitionGenerally deemed means:
believed or judged
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Book55 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
She now cast common discord in their midst,
discord = conflict and disagreement
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
1st useBook 4
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dwell
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
This folk were they that possessed Kytoros and dwelt about Sesamon, and inhabited their famed dwellings round the river Parthenios and Kromna and Aigialos and lofty Erythini.†
dwellings = houses or shelters in which people live
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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forthwith
39 uses
Yea, go to now, make trial, that all these may see; forthwith thy dark blood shall gush about my spear.†
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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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
Therefore do I now give ground myself and have bidden all the Argives likewise to gather here together; for I discern Ares lording it in the fray.†
the fray = the fight or struggle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fray means:
a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation that usually is not well organized
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Book14 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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grievous
52 uses
Now fleet Iris the wind-footed went to the Trojans, a messenger from aegis-bearing Zeus, with a grievous message.†
grievous = very serious; or very bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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Book52 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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harangue
17 uses
Such was Tydeus of Aitolia; but he begat a son that in battle is worse than he; only in harangue is he the better.†
harangue = to try to persuade, or to criticize in an impassioned and often annoying manner; or a speech with such an intent
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Book17 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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Hera
100 uses
But do thou now depart again, lest Hera mark aught; and I will take thought for these things to fulfil them.†
Hera = queen of the Olympian gods in ancient Greek mythology; sister and wife of Zeus remembered for her jealously of the many mortal women with whom Zeus fell in love
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Book100 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePref.
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moreover
24 uses
This, moreover, will I say to thee, and do thou lay it to thy heart.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 1
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mortal
20 uses
1  —20 uses as in:
mortal body
Then fared the twain back to the mansion of great Zeus, even Hera and Athene, having stayed Ares scourge of mortals from his man-slaying.†
mortals = humans (especially merely humans) or people subject to death
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
56 uses
Yet for all this will I give her back, if that is better; rather would I see my folk whole than perishing.†
perishing = dying or being destroyed; or extremely cold
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
Word Statistics
Book56 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 1
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strife
56 uses
Who among the gods set the twain at strife and variance?†
strife = conflict or angry disagreement
Word Statistics
Book56 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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valor
48 uses
Why stand ye thus dazed like fawns that are weary with running over the long plain and so stand still, and no valour is found in their hearts at all?†
valour = 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
71 uses
And the arrows clanged upon his shoulders in wrath, as the god moved; and he descended like to night.†
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger — sometimes implying angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book71 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 16 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
And the bright-eyed goddess Athene made answer to her, "Yea in good sooth, may this fellow yield up strength and life, and perish at the Argives' hands in his native land; only mine own sire is furious, with no good intent, headstrong, ever sinful, the foiler of my purposes.†
yield up = produce or show
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 4
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2  —13 uses as in:
yield to pressure
And everywhere he went in advance and made trial of the ranks, if perchance they would yield to him as he charged under cover of his shield.†
yield = give in, give way, or give up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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Zeus
445 uses
Greek Latin —— —— Zeus.†
Zeus = Greek mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
Word Statistics
Book445 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePref.
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