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The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Pope)
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Agamemnon
54 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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allay
7 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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Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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authenticate
1 use
The expert authenticated her signature.
authenticated = established that something is real or what people say it is
DefinitionGenerally authenticate means:
establish that something is real or what people say it is
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Bacchus
11 uses
Dionysus is the Greek counterpart to the better known Roman Bacchus.
Bacchus = Roman mythology:  god of wine
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Book11 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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copious
12 uses
She took copious notes.
copious = a lot of
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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desist
8 uses
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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1st useBook 15
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dissemble
3 uses
The news is bad, but the company spokesperson is doing what she can to change the subject and dissemble.
dissemble = deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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Book3 uses
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1st useBook 2
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diversify
2 uses
She has been typecast as the female who beats up males, but she's eager to diversify her roles.
diversify = make more varied
DefinitionGenerally diversify means:
to make more varied

This is used to describe variation in some things so frequently that they can be implied by the general context without a need to state them explicitly — such as:
  • with regard to people — varying races, ethnicities, and genders
  • with regard to investments — varying types of investments
  • with regard to a company — varying sources of business
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effusion
5 uses
I read her latest effusion about the health care mess.
effusion = an enthusiastic expression of feelings or thoughts
DefinitionGenerally this sense of effusion means:
an enthusiastic expression of feelings or thoughts

or:

something flowing or given off (often a liquid or gas under pressure such as blood or leaking gas)
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enjoin
7 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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Book7 uses
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1st useBook 6
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ignoble
8 uses
There is something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude.
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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1st useBook 5
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invidious
3 uses
But all suppositions of this kind are invidious, and ought to be banished from the consideration of the great question before the people.
Hamilton, Alexander  --  Federalist Papers Authored by Alexander Hamilton
invidious = tending to arouse resentment, prejudice, or other ill will
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Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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Paradise Lost
36 uses
In Paradise Lost, Milton condemns reverence for physical objects—however well intentioned.
Paradise Lost = admired Milton epic poem of original sin (1667)
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perfidy
6 uses
She is guilty of perfidy if not treason.
perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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portentous
3 uses
It is a portentous day for the space program.
portentous = important
DefinitionGenerally portentous means:
very important; or indicating something important in the future

or:

acting overly important or serious
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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propitious
7 uses
It was a propitious time to graduate with a degree in petroleum engineering.
propitious = favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
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Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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ravish
11 uses
The soldiers ravished the city.
ravished = overwhelmed, plundered, and raped
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ravish means:
to rape, overwhelm or plunder
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Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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satiate
3 uses
The candy satiated my craving for sugar.
satiated = satisfied
DefinitionGenerally satiate means:
to satisfy or indulge a hunger; or fill to satisfaction
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simile
6 uses
When she said he was "as subtle as a sledgehammer," she was using ironic simile.
simile = a phrase expressing a similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase expressing a similarity between things of different kinds — usually formed with "like" or "as" — as in "It's like looking for a needle in a haystack," or "She is as quiet as a mouse."
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timorous
6 uses
She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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Book6 uses
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