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The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Pope)

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

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amorous
2 uses
O snatch the moments yet within thy power; Not long to live, indulge the amorous hour!†
amorous = romantic or sexual
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arable
2 uses
Grant that beneath thy lance Achilles dies, The partial monarch may refuse the prize; Sons he has many; those thy pride may quell: And 'tis his fault to love those sons too well, Or, in reward of thy victorious hand, Has Troy proposed some spacious tract of land An ample forest, or a fair domain, Of hills for vines, and arable for grain?†
arable = capable of being farmed productively
DefinitionGenerally arable means:
of land:  capable of being farmed productively
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arbiter
2 uses
The gods (they cried), the gods this signal sent, And fate now labours with some vast event: Jove seals the league, or bloodier scenes prepares; Jove, the great arbiter of peace and wars.†
arbiter = someone who settles disputes
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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authenticate
1 use
...and Odyssey were recited substantially as they now stand (always allowing for paitial divergences of text and interpolations) in 776 B.C., our first trustworthy mark of Grecian time; and this ancient date, let it be added, as it is the best-authenticated fact, so it is also the most important attribute of the Homeric poems, considered in reference to Grecian history; for they thus afford us an insight into the anti-historical character of the Greeks, enabling us to trace the subsequent...†
authenticated = established that something is real or legitimate
DefinitionGenerally authenticate means:
establish that something is real or legitimate
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capacious
2 uses
First stood the prizes to reward the force Of rapid racers in the dusty course: A woman for the first, in beauty's bloom, Skill'd in the needle, and the labouring loom; And a large vase, where two bright handles rise, Of twenty measures its capacious size.†
capacious = large in capacity
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1st useBook 23
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derogatory
2 uses
I hope, in what has been said of Virgil, with regard to any of these heads, I have no way derogated from his character.†
derogated = expressing disrespect or criticism
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desist
8 uses
The fleet once saved, desist from further chase, Nor lead to Ilion's walls the Grecian race; Some adverse god thy rashness may destroy; Some god, like Phoebus, ever kind to Troy.†
desist = to not do something
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disclaim
5 uses
The grave and cautious Thucydides quoted without hesitation the Hymn to Apollo,(20) the authenticity of which has been already disclaimed by modern critics.†
disclaimed = denied (responsibility, knowledge, or ownership)
DefinitionGenerally disclaim means:
to deny (responsibility for, knowledge of, or ownership of)
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dissemble
3 uses
In this dissembled form, she hastes to bring The unwelcome message to the Phrygian king.†
dissembled = deceived (hid or disguised the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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diversify
2 uses
The single quality of courage is wonderfully diversified in the several characters of the Iliad.†
diversified = made more varied
DefinitionGenerally diversify means:
to make more varied
Diversify 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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interpose
5 uses
Thus when a river swell'd with sudden rains Spreads his broad waters o'er the level plains, Some interposing hill the stream divides.†
interposing = to insert between other elements; or to interrupt or stop action by others
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officious
4 uses
Arrived, and enter'd at the palace gate, The maids officious round their mistress wait; Then, all dispersing, various tasks attend; The queen and goddess to the prince ascend.†
officious = too eager to tell others what to do
DefinitionGenerally officious means:
too eager to tell others what to do — often regarding unimportant matters
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Paradise Lost
36 uses
43 Compare Milton's "Paradise Lost" i. 6 "Sing, heavenly Muse, that on the secret top Of Horeb, or of Sinai, didst inspire That shepherd."†
Paradise Lost = admired Milton epic poem of original sin (1667)
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perfidy
6 uses
And leave unpunish'd this perfidious race?†
perfidious = not trustworthy (prone to intentional betrayal)
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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pernicious
4 uses
For mortal men celestial powers engage, And gods on gods exert eternal rage: From thee, O father! all these ills we bear, And thy fell daughter with the shield and spear; Thou gavest that fury to the realms of light, Pernicious, wild, regardless of the right.†
pernicious = harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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redress
5 uses
And now had Greece eternal fame acquired, And frighted Troy within her walls, retired, Had not sage Helenus her state redress'd, Taught by the gods that moved his sacred breast.†
redress'd = fixed a problem; or made up for a wrong
DefinitionGenerally redress means:
fix a problem; or make up for a wrong
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sagacious
3 uses
Nor is this morbid species of sagacity by any means to be looked upon as a literary novelty.†
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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simile
6 uses
If we observe his descriptions, images, and similes, we shall find the invention still predominant.†
similes = expressions that highlight similarity between things of different kinds
DefinitionGenerally simile means:
a phrase that highlights 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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sloth
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
mental sloth
Still, with your voice the slothful soldiers raise, Urge by their fathers' fame their future praise.†
slothful = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sloth means:
laziness (an unwillingness to work or exert oneself)
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timorous
6 uses
Once from the walls your timorous foes engaged, While fierce in war divine Achilles raged; Now issuing fearless they possess the plain, Now win the shores, and scarce the seas remain.†
timorous = timid (fearful) or shy
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