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The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Butler)
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Agamemnon
201 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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Book201 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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askance
3 uses
He looked askance at the offer.
askance = with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
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Book3 uses
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1st useBook 3
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chattel
2 uses
In that culture, family members were legally dependent upon the oldest male, but they were not chattel.
chattel = owned property
DefinitionGenerally chattel means:
owned property (in law, tangible property other than real estate)
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1st useBook 11
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compunction
1 use
While most developed nations recognize the embargo, China ignores it without compunction.
compunction = a feeling of deep regret (usually for some misdeed)
DefinitionGenerally compunction means:
guilt for a misdeed; or a feeling that it would be wrong to do something
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1st useBook 14
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desist
1 use
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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efface
1 use
She always effaces herself when she is with him.
effaces = make herself inconspicuous or unimportant
DefinitionGenerally efface means:
remove completely from recognition or memory — sometimes by erasing

or:

to make oneself inconspicuous or unimportant
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1st useBook 7
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effrontery
1 use
She had the effrontery to laugh at the mayor's request.
effrontery = impolite boldness
DefinitionGenerally effrontery means:
rude and disrespectful behavior — often made by someone who does not realize they are being rude — as when someone is presumptuous or impolitely bold
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1st useBook 9
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eschew
1 use
Her bumper sticker says "Eschew obfuscation."
eschew = avoid and stay away from
DefinitionGenerally eschew means:
avoid and stay away from deliberately
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foreshadow
1 use
The author is known for creative use of foreshadowing.
foreshadowing = using events as signs of future events
DefinitionGenerally foreshadow means:
to be a sign of future events
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 7
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fraught
5 uses
The week following the diagnosis was fraught with difficult choices.
fraught = full of negative things
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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gambol
1 use
The puppies were gamboling in the back yard.
gamboling = frolicking (skipping, leaping, and/or running around in a happy, playful manner)
DefinitionGenerally gambol means:
to frolic (skip, leap, and/or run around in a happy, playful manner)
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1st useBook 13
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harbinger
1 use
The warm summer is a harbinger of things to come.
harbinger = an indication of the approach of something
DefinitionGenerally harbinger means:
an indication of the approach of something — especially something bad
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1st useBook 11
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ignoble
1 use
There is something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude.
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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iniquity
1 use
That was when I realized I had to climb up from the depths of iniquity.
iniquity = immorality
DefinitionGenerally iniquity means:
immorality; or an immoral act
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1st useBook 11
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noisome
1 use
the noisome atmosphere of the Nairobi slum
noisome = causing or able to cause nausea — especially from odor

or:

harmful
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1st useBook 19
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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 7
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remiss
6 uses
I'd be remiss in this overview if I didn't also mention...
remiss = careless — not doing a good job
DefinitionGenerally remiss means:
careless — especially with regard to a duty
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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trifle with   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
trifle with her affections
She is not a woman to trifle with or ignore.
trifle with = treat thoughtlessly or without respect
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifle with means:
to treat somebody or something thoughtlessly or without respect
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1st useBook 11
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2  —1 use as in:
a trifling matter
Don't waste my time with trifling matters.
trifling = things of little importance
DefinitionGenerally this sense of trifling means:
something of small importance; or a small quantity
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 19
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whet
4 uses
The appetizer whet our appetite for what was to come.
whet = increased
DefinitionGenerally whet means:
to increase a sense or desire

or more rarely:  to sharpen a knife or other cutting edge
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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