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The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Butler)
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aloof
21 uses
People who don't know her, think she is aloof from the rest of the team, but she is just focused on the game.
aloof = socially distant as though superior; or obviously uninterested in something that interests others
DefinitionGenerally aloof means:
socially distant — often thinking oneself superior to others

or:

obviously uninterested in something that interests others — often as though thinking it beneath one's dignity or distasteful
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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beseech
24 uses
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 15
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bronze
126 uses
She received the bronze medal at the Olympics.
bronze = a metal alloy of copper and (usually) tin (that is given at the Olympics for a third place finish)
DefinitionGenerally bronze means:
a reddish brown metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin

or:

the reddish-brown color of the metal (such as a bronze tan)

or:

something made of the alloy — such as a sculpture
Word Statistics
Book126 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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comely
16 uses
She gives a career-advancing performance as his comely female companion.
comely = attractive
DefinitionGenerally comely means:
attractive — especially of a woman
Word Statistics
Book16 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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covenant
18 uses
Biblical scholars point to seven covenants described in the Bible.
covenants = binding agreements (in this case between God and man)
DefinitionGenerally covenant means:
a binding agreement
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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deemed
29 uses
The producer deemed her too old to play the role.
deemed = believed or judged
Word Statistics
Book29 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 7
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Which word choice best maintains the tone established in the first paragraph?
established = created
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 10
1st useBook 9
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forthwith
40 uses
The judge ordered her release "forthwith."
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
Word Statistics
Book40 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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heed
27 uses
Heed the advice of the old women.
heed = pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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moreover
57 uses
The company has too much debt. Moreover, it is responsible for a long term lease on expensive office space.
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
Word Statistics
Book57 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 1
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mortal
14 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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perish
37 uses
...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln  --  Gettysburg Address
perish = be destroyed or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
Word Statistics
Book37 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 8
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portent
7 uses
believes the Golden Globe Awards are portents of the upcoming Academy Awards
portents = signs of things about to happen
DefinitionGenerally portent means:
a sign of something about to happen
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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pyre
21 uses
While cremation is not uncommon in the western world, open air funeral pyres are typically illegal.
pyres = piles of wood or other burnable materials
DefinitionGenerally pyre means:
a pile of wood or other burnable material — especially to burn a dead body as in a funeral rite
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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rebuke
26 uses
She was stung by the rebuke.
rebuke = severe criticism
DefinitionGenerally rebuke means:
criticize severely; or such criticism
Word Statistics
Book26 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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valor
25 uses
She received a medal for valor.
valor = courage (exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle)
DefinitionGenerally valor means:
exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 8
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wield
24 uses
She wields little authority, but much influence in the company.
wields = has
DefinitionGenerally wield means:
to have or use — such as
  • to wield an ax — to hold or use an ax (especially to handle it well)
  • to wield power or influence — to have or exercise power or influence
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 9 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 1
Web Links
2  —7 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 9
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