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

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beseech
21 uses
It is not I that beseech thee to tarry for my sake; I have others by my side that shall do me honour, and above all Zeus, lord of counsel.†
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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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
Then round his shoulders he slung the bronze sword silver-studded; then lastly he took the great and strong shield, and its brightness shone afar off as the moon's.†
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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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
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
SAT®*top 1000
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
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Book4 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 2
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entreat
19 uses
Beware lest in his anger he evilly entreat the sons of the Achaians.†
entreat = ask earnestly
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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Book19 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 22
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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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heed
22 uses
But they gave him no heed, for the fates of black death led them on.†
heed = pay close attention to; or 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
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Book22 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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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
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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
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
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Book20 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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perish
57 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
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Book57 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 1
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pyre
22 uses
First did the assail the mules and fleet dogs, but afterward, aiming at the men his piercing dart, he smote; and the pyres of the dead burnt continually in multitude.†
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
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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revise
4 uses
Has to thank Mr. R.W. Raper, Fellow of Trinity College, Oxford, for his valuable aid in revising the proof-sheets of these Books.†
revising = changing
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
SAT®*top 10
1st usePref.
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subdue
6 uses
1  —6 uses
verb as in: subdued the opposition
Nay, let us strive to take him, and work his body shame, and strip the harness from his shoulders, and many a one of his comrades fighting for his sake let us subdue with the pitiless bronze.†
subdue = control or put down by force or intimidation
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
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Book6 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 16
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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

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use valor.)
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Book48 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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wrath
72 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 or angry punishment
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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
Not by reason so much of the Trojans, for wrath and indignation, sate I me in my chamber, but fain would I yield me to my sorrow.†
yield = give
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
But the mare I will not yield; for her let what man will essay the battle at my hands.†
yield = give in, give way, or give up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book13 uses
Library14 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
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Book445 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePref.
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