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The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Pope)
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Agamemnon
54 uses
While employed on the wild legend of Odysseus, he met with a ballad, recording the quarrel of Achilles and Agamemnon.†
Agamemnon = Greek mythology:  the king who lead the Greeks against Troy in the Trojan War
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allay
7 uses
Her words allay the impetuous warrior's heat, The god of arms and martial maid retreat; Removed from fight, on Xanthus' flowery bounds They sat, and listen'd to the dying sounds.†
allay = reduce the intensity of or calm
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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 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
Stay, till I bring the cup with Bacchus crown'd, In Jove's high name, to sprinkle on the ground, And pay due vows to all the gods around.†
Bacchus = Roman mythology:  god of wine
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copious
12 uses
Soft as the fleeces of descending snows,(117) The copious accents fall, with easy art; Melting they fall, and sink into the heart!†
copious = abundant (large in quantity or number)
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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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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:
to deceive (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

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
Now seek some skilful hand, whose powerful art May stanch the effusion, and extract the dart.†
effusion = 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
First, dire Chimaera's conquest was enjoin'd; A mingled monster of no mortal kind!†
enjoin'd = to command someone to do (or not do) something
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ignoble
8 uses
The generous Greeks recede with tardy pace, Though Mars and Hector thunder in their face; None turn their backs to mean ignoble flight, Slow they retreat, and even retreating fight.†
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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invidious
3 uses
I have always thought the following speech in which Helen laments Hector, and hints at her own invidious and unprotected situation in Troy, as almost the sweetest passage in the poem.†
invidious = tending to arouse resentment, prejudice, or other ill will
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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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portentous
3 uses
Round the margin roll'd, A fringe of serpents hissing guards the gold: Here all the terrors of grim War appear, Here rages Force, here tremble Flight and Fear, Here storm'd Contention, and here Fury frown'd, And the dire orb portentous Gorgon crown'd.†
portentous = very important; or indicating something important in the future

or:

acting overly important or serious
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propitious
7 uses
Behold! thy Phoebus shall his arms employ, Phoebus, propitious still to thee and Troy.†
propitious = favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
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ravish
11 uses
Here in the midst, in either army's sight, He dares the Spartan king to single fight; And wills that Helen and the ravish'd spoil, That caused the contest, shall reward the toil.†
ravish'd = to rape, overwhelm or plunder
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satiate
3 uses
Then hear my counsel, and to reason yield, The bravest soon are satiate of the field; Though vast the heaps that strow the crimson plain, The bloody harvest brings but little gain: The scale of conquest ever wavering lies, Great Jove but turns it, and the victor dies!†
satiate = to satisfy or indulge a hunger; or fill to satisfaction
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simile
6 uses
If we observe his descriptions, images, and similes, we shall find the invention still predominant.†
similes = 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
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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