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The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Edward)
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Achilles
5 uses
In the film, Troy (2004), Brad Pitt played the character of Achilles.†
Achilles = mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; central character and foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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aloof
25 uses
People who don't know her, think she is aloof from the rest of the team, but she is just focused on the game.
aloof = socially distant as though superior; or obviously uninterested in something that interests others
DefinitionGenerally aloof means:
socially distant — often thinking oneself superior to others

or:

obviously uninterested in something that interests others — often as though thinking it beneath one's dignity or distasteful
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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assail
49 uses
Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns.
assailed = attacked
DefinitionGenerally assail means:
attack physically or verbally
Word Statistics
Book49 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.13
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attribute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
She attributed this quotation to Shakespeare.
attributed = credited (pointed to a source for something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something) — such as:
  • to say that something happened because of someone or something else
  • to indicate the source of an idea or quotation
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 1.1
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daunt
30 uses
It is a challenge that would daunt a lesser diplomat.
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate

(editor's note: The root word is most commonly seen as the adjective daunting which describes something as "discouraging or intimidating". Note that the "-less" suffix means without, so dauntless is to daunt as hopeless is to hope and careless is to care.)
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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deemed
60 uses
The producer deemed her too old to play the role.
deemed = believed or judged
Word Statistics
Book60 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.6
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defer
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = postpone or delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 2.9
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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 or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
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
1st useChapter 1.4
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frayed
40 uses
1  —40 uses as in:
into the fray
I'm hesitant to join the political fray.
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
Word Statistics
Book40 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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haughty
29 uses
It is a story about a haughty princess who has a great fall.
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
Word Statistics
Book29 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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Jupiter
1 use
Jupiter is the Roman counterpart to the Greek Zeus.†
Jupiter = Roman mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.13
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mortal
23 uses
1  —23 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book23 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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pyre
27 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
Book27 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.4
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strife
50 uses
The region suffers from violent religious strife.
strife = conflict or angry disagreement
Word Statistics
Book50 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
Web Links
subdue
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
subdue opposition
She was threatening people with a knife, but police used a Taser to subdue her.
subdue = to control or put down by force or intimidation
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.13
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Venus
1 use
In Roman mythology, Venus is the counterpart to the Greek Aphrodite.†
Venus = Roman mythology:  goddess of love
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.13
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Vulcan
1 use
Vulcan is the Roman counterpart to the Greek Hephaestus.†
Vulcan = Roman mythology:  god of fire and metal working
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.17
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wrath
100 uses
She could hardly contain her wrath when she learned he had betrayed her.
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger — sometimes implying angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book100 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2.9
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 24 uses
1  —2 uses 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
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 2.16
Web Links
2  —22 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
Book22 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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