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The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Edward)
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Achilles
5 uses
THE BATTLE OF THE GODS, AND THE ACTS OF ACHILLES.†
Achilles = mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; central character and foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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aloof
25 uses
Juno and Pallas only sat aloof; No word they utter'd, no enquiry made.†
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
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Book25 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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assail
49 uses
Cease, then, these broils, and draw not thus thy sword; In words, indeed, assail him as thou wilt.†
assail = attack
DefinitionGenerally assail means:
attack physically or verbally
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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...
Achilles calls a council, and encourages Calchas to declare the cause of it, who attributes it to the refusal of Chryseis.†
attributes = credits (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
From far Ascania's lake, with Phorcys join'd, The godlike presence of Ascanius brought The Phrygians, dauntless in the standing fight.†
dauntless = never discouraged or intimidated
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
For Hector, yet alive, his household mourn'd, Deeming he never would again return, Safe from the fight, by Grecian hands unharm'd.†
deeming = believing or judging
DefinitionGenerally deemed means:
believed or judged
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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
death be long deferr'd
deferr'd = postponed (or put off)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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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
Again the name of war and discord fierce,
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 useChapter 1.4
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frayed
40 uses
1  —40 uses as in:
into the fray
The slain they drew within the Grecian lines, Placed in their comrades' hands, and turning back Amid the foremost mingled 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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Book40 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.2
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haughty
29 uses
Then through the ranks assenting murmurs ran, The priest to rev'rence, and the ransom take: Not so Atrides; he, with haughty mien And bitter words, the trembling sire dismiss'd.†
haughty = arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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Book29 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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Jupiter
1 use
JUNO DECEIVES JUPITER BY THE GIRDLE OF VENUS.†
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
Avenge my hapless son, Of mortals shortest-liv'd, insulted now By mighty Agamemnon, King of men, And plunder'd of his lawful spoils of war.†
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
Book23 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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pyre
27 uses
The well-greav'd Greeks, they too, with grief suppress'd, Heap'd up their dead upon the fun'ral pyre; Then burnt with fire, and to the ships return'd.†
pyre = a pile of wood or other burnable material
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
Say then, what God the fatal strife provok'd?†
strife = conflict or angry disagreement
Word Statistics
Book50 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1.1
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subdue
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
subdue opposition
...flying they may fall Beside Achilles' ships; his comrade then, Patroclus, he shall send to battle forth To be by Hector slain, in front of Troy; Yet not to fall till many valiant youths Have felt his prowess; and, amid the rest, My son, Sarpedon; by his comrade's death Enrag'd, Achilles Hector shall subdue; Thenceforth my counsel is, that from the ships The Trojan force shall still be backward driv'n, Until at length, by Pallas' deep designs, The Greeks possess the lofty walls of Troy.†
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
JUNO DECEIVES JUPITER BY THE GIRDLE OF VENUS.†
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
THE GRIEF OF ACHILLES, AND NEW ARMOUR MADE HIM BY VULCAN.†
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
Atrides, curb thy wrath! while I beseech Achilles to forbear; in whom the Greeks From adverse war their great defender see.†
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
Nor, on his side, was Panthous' noble son Unmindful of the slain; but, standing near, The warlike Menelaus thus address'd: "Illustrious son of Atreus, Heav'n-born chief, Quit thou the dead; yield up the bloody spoils: For, of the Trojans and their fam'd Allies, Mine was the hand that in the stubborn fight First struck Patroclus; leave me then to wear Among the men of Troy my honours due, Lest by my spear thou lose thy cherish'd life."†
yield up = produce or show
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
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2  —22 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The head, with grasp unyielding, Hector held; Patroclus seiz'd the foot; and, crowding round, Trojans and Greeks in stubborn conflict clos'd.†
unyielding = strict, firm, or hard (not giving in, not giving way, or not giving up)
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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