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The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Edward)
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Agamemnon
160 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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alacrity
1 use
She completed each assignment with alacrity.
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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allay
4 uses
They have tried to allay fears by saying their weapons are of a defensive nature.
allay = reduced the intensity of
DefinitionGenerally allay means:
reduce the intensity of or calm
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anodyne
2 uses
the anodyne properties of certain drugs
anodyne = soothing or comforting
DefinitionGenerally anodyne means:
a medicine used to relieve pain

or:

something soothing, comforting or mild so as not to upset
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1st useChapter 1.5
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arbiter
2 uses
She was the final arbiter on all matters of fashion.
arbiter = someone who settles disputes — often because of reputation
DefinitionGenerally arbiter means:
someone who settles disputes — often because of reputation

or:

someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
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callow
2 uses
She described him as shallow and callow.
callow = young and inexperienced
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capacious
1 use
She carries a capacious bag.
capacious = large in capacity
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contentious
1 use
We started with the most contentious item on the agenda.
contentious = likely to cause disagreement
DefinitionGenerally contentious means:
causing or likely to cause disagreement; or argumentative
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copious
3 uses
She took copious notes.
copious = a lot of
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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craven
1 use
the craven fellow turned and ran
craven = exceedingly cowardly
DefinitionGenerally craven means:
exceedingly cowardly; or someone who is exceedingly cowardly
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denizen
1 use
The book has photographs of deep sea creatures, and is called "Denizens of the Deep."
denizens = animals that inhabit a particular place
DefinitionGenerally denizen means:
a person or animal that inhabits or frequently visits a particular place
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enjoin
4 uses
Environmentalist seek to enjoin the drilling on the grounds that it is unnecessary and dangerous.
enjoin = prohibit (command not to do something)
DefinitionGenerally enjoin means:
to command someone to do (or not do) something
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flippant
1 use
Her response is entertaining, but the question deserves a less flippant answer.
flippant = showing an inappropriate lack of seriousness
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harbinger
1 use
The warm summer is a harbinger of things to come.
harbinger = an indication of the approach of something
DefinitionGenerally harbinger means:
an indication of the approach of something — especially something bad
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1st useChapter 2.23
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ignoble
6 uses
There is something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude.
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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1st useChapter 2.14
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luscious
10 uses
a bowl of luscious-looking peaches
luscious = very desirable
DefinitionGenerally luscious means:
very desirable in various senses — such as:
  • delicious — especially sweet and juicy
  • sexually appealing
  • pleasing or delightful
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1st useChapter 1.1
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opportune
2 uses
They launched their company at an opportune time.
opportune = favorable
DefinitionGenerally opportune means:
favorable circumstances for a particular purpose — especially the circumstance of good timing
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1st useChapter 2.8
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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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1st useChapter 2.13
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tempestuous
2 uses
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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whet
2 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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1st useChapter 2.11
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