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The Odyssey by Homer (translated by: Butcher & Lang)
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Agamemnon
26 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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antithesis
1 use
Her theory is the antithesis of mine.
antithesis = exact opposite
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Aphrodite
11 uses
In Roman mythology, Venus is the counterpart to the Greek Aphrodite.
Aphrodite = Greek mythology:  goddess of love and beauty
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askance
1 use
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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chronological
1 use
Events are listed in chronological order.
chronological = arranged according to time
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cogent
1 use
It is difficult to decide because both sides offer cogent arguments.
cogent = powerfully persuasive
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craven
4 uses
the craven fellow turned and ran
craven = exceedingly cowardly
DefinitionGenerally craven means:
exceedingly cowardly; or someone who is exceedingly cowardly
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denotes
1 use
The asterisk ("*") denotes a footnote.
denotes = indicates
DefinitionGenerally denotes means:
means literally; or indicates
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dissemble
1 use
The news is bad, but the company spokesperson is doing what she can to change the subject and dissemble.
dissemble = deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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elucidate
2 uses
He received the Nobel Prize in medicine for elucidating electrical events in the nervous system.
elucidating = making clear
DefinitionGenerally elucidate means:
explain (make clear)
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enjoin
2 uses
Environmentalist seek to enjoin the drilling on the grounds that it is unnecessary and dangerous.
enjoin = prohibit (command not to do something)
DefinitionGenerally enjoin means:
to command someone to do (or not do) something
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expound
1 use
You will be asked to expound on a teacher-selected topic from the book.
expound = discuss in detail
DefinitionGenerally expound means:
explain or discuss in detail
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forthwith
9 uses
The judge ordered her release "forthwith."
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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Hephaestus
19 uses
Vulcan is the Roman counterpart to the Greek Hephaestus.
Hephaestus = Greek mythology:  the god of fire and metalworking who needed a stick to walk
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iniquity
2 uses
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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parley
1 use
The two countries sent peace negotiators to parley in Paris.
parley = a negotiation or discussion — especially between enemies
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porous
3 uses
the partly porous walls of our digestive system
porous = allowing passage through a barrier
DefinitionGenerally porous means:
allowing passage through a barrier — in various senses such as:
  • of a membrane, asphalt or other material:  full of tiny holes so as to permit penetration by a fluid or gas
  • of a border or other barrier to people:  permitting illegal crossing
  • of a law or other rules:  full of loopholes
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portent
2 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
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remiss
1 use
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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tempestuous
1 use
She has a tempestuous relationship with her mother.
tempestuous = turbulent (emotionally violent)
DefinitionGenerally tempestuous means:
strongly turbulent — as of a storm or unstable emotions
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