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The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Pope)

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Achilles
23 uses
Illustration: HECTOR'S BODY AT THE CAR OF ACHILLES.†
Achilles = mythical Greek hero of the Iliad; central character and foremost Greek warrior at the siege of Troy
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Book23 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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arbitration
1 use
  Yet on the verge of battle let us stay,
  And for a moment's space suspend the day;
  Let Heaven's high powers be call'd to arbitrate
  The just conditions of this stern debate,
arbitrate = decide
DefinitionGenerally arbitration means:
the process of solving a disagreement with the help of an impartial referee
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Book1 use
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 22
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 11 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
It is an attribute of...
...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 forward march of the nation, and to seize...†
attribute = characteristic (of something or someone)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useFoot
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2  —9 uses as in:
I attribute it to...
Here, the Cumans say, he composed an epitaph on Gordius, king of Phrygia, which has however, and with greater probability, been attributed to Cleobulus of Lindus.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useIntr.
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend from royalty
  The first great ancestor obtain'd his grace,
  And still his love descends on all the race†
descends = comes down through time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
figuratively, to have come down a path from the past; i.e., to originate or come from — such as in reference to ancestors or evolutionary origins
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 20
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
And discord raging bathes the purple plain;
discord = conflict
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
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 4
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disdain
32 uses
With like disdain The raging king return'd his frowns again.†
disdain = a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book32 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 5
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
We are not by nature intended to know all things; still less, to compass the powers by which the greatest blessings of life have been placed at our disposal.†
disposal = command

(editor's note:  When something is "at someone's disposal" it is "at their command," or "available for their use." They can use it as they please.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
the arrangement, positioning, or use of things
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useIntr.
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divine
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Some hand divine, preserves him
divine = coming from a god
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book13 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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illustrate
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
as illustrated by this example
...illustrate the character of the friendship subsisting between these two heroes—†
illustrate = help make clear
DefinitionGenerally this sense of illustrate means:
to help make clear — typically by example
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Book3 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useFoot
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Jupiter
11 uses
Illustration: SLEEP ESCAPING FROM THE WRATH OF JUPITER.†
Jupiter = Roman mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
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Book11 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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Mars
8 uses
Illustration: DIOMED CASTING HIS SPEAR AT MARS.†
Mars = Roman mythology:  god of war and agriculture; father of Romulus and Remus
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Book8 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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mortal
29 uses
1  —29 uses as in:
mortal body
He held up before his nation the mirror, in which they were to behold the world of gods and heroes no less than of feeble mortals, and to behold them reflected with purity and truth.†
mortals = humans (especially merely humans) or people subject to death
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book29 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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passage
2 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.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useFoot
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polygamy
1 use
Priam appears to be the only one of whom polygamy is directly asserted in the Iliad.
polygamy = having more than one wife
DefinitionGenerally polygamy means:
the practice of being married to more than one person at the same time
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useFoot
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vengeance
64 uses
1  —64 uses as in:
vengeance is mine
The priest being refused, and insolently dismissed by Agamemnon, entreats for vengeance from his god; who inflicts a pestilence on the Greeks.†
vengeance = the act of taking revenge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of vengeance means:
the act of taking revenge

(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
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Book64 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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Venus
9 uses
JUNO DECEIVES JUPITER BY THE GIRDLE OF VENUS.†
Venus = Roman mythology:  goddess of love
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Book9 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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Vulcan
9 uses
Illustration: VULCAN AND CHARIS RECEIVING THETIS.†
Vulcan = Roman mythology:  god of fire and metal working
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Book9 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 28 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
He ceased; wide conflagration blazing round; The bubbling waters yield a hissing sound.†
yield = produce or give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 7
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2  —25 uses as in:
yield to pressure
I yield; that all may know, my soul can bend, Nor is my pride preferr'd before my friend."†
yield = give up, give in, or give way
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book25 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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