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The Iliad by Homer - (translated by: Butler)

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accord
9 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Let them live or die as luck will have it, and let Jove mete out his judgements upon the Trojans and Danaans according to his own pleasure.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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unquizzed meaning  —5 uses
aloof
21 uses
I should hold aloof from battle on any day rather than this, for my mother bore me with nothing of the coward about me.†
aloof = socially distant or uninterested
DefinitionGenerally aloof means:
socially distant or uninterested in something that interests others — often thinking oneself superior to others
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Book21 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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beseech
24 uses
Keep this before your mind night and day, and beseech the captains of your allies to hold on without flinching, and thus put away their reproaches from you.†
beseech = to ask strongly or beg for something
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Book24 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 15
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bronze
39 uses
1  —39 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
Then uprose King Teucer, and Meriones the stalwart squire of Idomeneus rose also, They cast lots in a bronze helmet and the lot of Teucer fell first.†
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
Word Statistics
Book39 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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daunt
17 uses
He kept stepping forward under cover of his shield in every direction, making trial of the ranks to see if they would give way before him, but he could not daunt the courage of the Achaeans.†
daunt = discourage or intimidate
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 13
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
...the Trojans held a council, angry and full of discord,
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
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 7
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
disposed the troops along...
You have everything at your disposal wherewith to entertain guests, and you have many subjects.†
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 9
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
I have three daughters, Chrysothemis, Laodice, and Iphianassa, let him take the one of his choice, freely and without gifts of wooing, to the house of Peleus; I will add such dower to boot as no man ever yet gave his daughter, and will give him seven well established cities, Cardamyle, Enope, and Hire, where there is grass; holy Pherae and the rich meadows of Anthea; Aepea also, and the vine-clad slopes of Pedasus, all near the sea, and on the borders of sandy Pylos.†
established = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 9
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frayed
13 uses
1  —13 uses as in:
into the fray
Phorcys, again, and noble Ascanius led the Phrygians from the far country of Ascania, and both were eager for the fray.†
the fray = the fight or struggle
DefinitionGenerally this sense of fray means:
a noisy fight, controversial debate, or other exciting situation that usually is not well organized
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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heed
28 uses
Thus did he speak, and Agamemnon heeded his words.†
heeded = paid close attention to; or did what was 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
Book28 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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moreover
57 uses
Moreover I have been the familiar friend of men even greater than you are, and they did not disregard my counsels.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
Word Statistics
Book57 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 1
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mortal
14 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
mortal body
We gods are continually suffering in the most cruel manner at one another's hands while helping mortals; and we all owe you a grudge for having begotten that mad termagant of a daughter, who is always committing outrage of some kind.†
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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Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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omen
13 uses
The men of Mycenae were willing to let them have one, but Jove dissuaded them by showing them unfavourable omens.†
omens = signs of what will happen in the future
DefinitionGenerally omen means:
a sign of something about to happen
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 12
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perish
37 uses
We know how great your power is, nevertheless we have compassion upon the Danaan warriors who are perishing and coming to a bad end.†
perishing = dying or being destroyed; or extremely cold
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
Word Statistics
Book37 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 8
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precede
2 uses
With these words he satisfied his brother, and the two went towards the part of the battle where the fight was thickest, about Cebriones, brave Polydamas, Phalces, Orthaeus, godlike Polyphetes, Palmys, Ascanius, and Morys son of Hippotion, who had come from fertile Ascania on the preceding day to relieve other troops.†
preceding = prior (in time or space)
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 13
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rebuke
26 uses
Thus railed Thersites, but Ulysses at once went up to him and rebuked him sternly.†
rebuked = criticized severely
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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torrent
10 uses
As torrents swollen with rain course madly down their deep channels till the angry floods meet in some gorge, and the shepherd on the hillside hears their roaring from afar—even such was the toil and uproar of the hosts as they joined in battle.†
torrents = overwhelming amounts
DefinitionGenerally torrent means:
an overwhelming amount — especially of quickly moving water
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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valor
25 uses
Therefore let us acquit ourselves with valour.†
valour = exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use valor.)
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 8
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
Many a brave soul did it send hurrying down to Hades, and many a hero did it yield a prey to dogs and vultures, for so were the counsels of Jove fulfilled from the day on which the son of Atreus, king of men, and great Achilles, first fell out with one another.†
yield = produce or give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 1
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2  —7 uses as in:
yield to pressure
My mother, therefore, prayed me without ceasing to lie with the woman myself, that so she hate my father, and in the course of time I yielded.†
yielded = gave in, gave way, or gave up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 9
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