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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Butler)

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abridge
1 use
The first commercially available audiobook was a 1981 abridged version of the Doctor Who story, State of Decay.
abridged = shortened
DefinitionGenerally abridge means:
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePref.
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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 14 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
She will get a fair trial in accordance with the law.
accordance = keeping
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
Book12 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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2  —2 uses as in:
done of her own accord
She was not forced. She did it of her own accord.
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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bard
25 uses
Shakespeare is sometimes called the Bard of Avon.
bard = someone who composes poems about important events and people
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bard means:
someone who composes and recites or sings poems about important events and people; or (as a proper noun) Shakespeare
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Book25 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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bronze
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The sculpture of a bull on Wall Street is made of bronze.
bronze = a brownish metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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
Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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consummate
1 use
She is the consummate professional who never lets her personal life intrude on her responsibilities at the office.
consummate = to an extreme degree
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consummate means:
perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 7
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cunning
1 use
She came up with a cunning scheme to cheat him.
cunning = clever and deceitful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness — and typically through deception as well (tricking others)
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Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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diffident
1 use
She is diffident around adults, but dominant with her peer group.
diffident = hesitant and unassertive
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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disparage
1 use
She has a reputation for disparaging the efforts of her co-workers.
disparaging = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 6
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dispose
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
Is she disposed to help?
I am not disposed to help someone who has been so rude.
disposed = inclined (with a tendency to; or in the mood to)
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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dubious
2 uses
She was dubious, but agreed to come with us anyway.
dubious = doubtful; or suspicious; or full of uncertainty
DefinitionGenerally dubious means:
doubtful
in various senses, including:
  • doubtful that something should be relied upon — as in "The argument relies on a dubious assumption."
  • doubtful that something is morally proper — as in "The company is accused of using dubious sales practices to influence minors."
  • bad or of questionable value — as in "The state has the dubious distinction of the highest taxes."
  • doubtful or uncertain — as in "She is dubious about making the change."
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useFoot
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enmity
1 use
The war has deepened tribal enmity.
enmity = hatred between enemies
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 16
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guile
5 uses
Her cleverness and inventiveness was exceeded only by her guile.
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useFoot
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Hades
31 uses
Hades is both the name of the underworld and the Greek god who ruled it.
Hades = Greek mythology:  the god of the underworld; brother of Zeus and Poseidon
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Hades means:
Greek mythology:  the god of the underworld (land of the dead); brother of Zeus and Poseidon
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Book31 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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heed
17 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
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Book17 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 24
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insolent
26 uses
I don't recommend the hotel. The employees are insolent and unhelpful.
insolent = rudely disrespectful
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Book26 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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lament
14 uses
She lamented the loss.
lamented = expressed grief about
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 4
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mortal
9 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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perish
28 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
Book28 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePref.
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prodigious
4 uses
As a child, Mozart had a prodigious talent.
prodigious = enormous
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 8
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