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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Butler)

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abridge
1 use
This passage is not given in the abridged Story of the "Odyssey" at the beginning of the book, but...
abridged = shortened; or reduced in scope while retaining essential elements
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
Tell me also your country, nation, and city, that our ships may shape their purpose accordingly and take you there.
accordingly = in keeping with what was just stated (in this case, where they should go)
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
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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
"Let me tell you," said I, "whichever of the goddesses you may happen to be, that I am not staying here of my own accord, but must have offended the gods that live in heaven."
own accord = own mind (voluntarily)
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
we will have Demodocus to sing to us; for there is no bard like him
bard = 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
He shall have my sword, which is of bronze, all but the hilt, which is of silver.
bronze = a brownish metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Book9 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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consummate
1 use
On either side there stood gold and silver mastiffs which Vulcan, with his consummate skill, had fashioned expressly to keep watch over the palace of king Alcinous; so they were immortal and could never grow old.
consummate = perfect and complete in every respect; or having a quality to an extreme degree

(editor's note:  A mastiff is a breed of dog.)
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1st useBook 7
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cunning
1 use
I alone recognised him and began to question him, but he was too cunning for me.
cunning = clever and deceptive
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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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diffident
1 use
99. ...I have therefore with some diffidence ventured to depart from the received translation of [Greek]...
diffidence = hesitancy and unassertiveness due to a lack of self-confidence
DefinitionGenerally diffident means:
hesitant and unassertive — often due to a lack of self-confidence
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disparage
1 use
This is the kind of disparaging remark that would be made about me, and I could not complain, for I should myself be scandalised at seeing any other girl do the like,
disparaging = criticizing
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?
He also set a fair table with a basket of victuals by his side, and a cup of wine from which he might drink whenever he was so disposed.
disposed = inclined (in the mood)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispose means:
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
66. Translation very dubious.
dubious = doubtful; 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
There is no enmity between me and my people, nor can I complain of brothers, to whom a man may look for support however great his quarrel may be.
enmity = hatred
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
We were among the first he counted, and he never suspected any guile, but laid himself down to sleep as soon as he had done counting.
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
If he is already dead and in the house of Hades, then, alas!
Hades = Greek mythology:  the god of the underworld (land of the dead)
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
Thus spoke Antinous, but Telemachus heeded him not.
heeded = paid close attention to; or did what was suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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 am much shocked about what you have said about the insolent way in which the suitors are behaving...
insolent = rude disrespectful behavior or action
DefinitionGenerally insolent means:
rudely disrespectful
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Book26 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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lament
14 uses
after we had wept over him and lamented him we performed his funeral rites.
lamented = expressed grief for
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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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
"O queen," he said, "I implore your aid—but tell me, are you a goddess or are you a mortal woman?"
mortal = human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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perish
28 uses
He thought he was going to avenge the murder of his son, whereas in truth he was never to return, but was himself to perish in his attempt.
perish = die
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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Book28 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePref.
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prodigious
4 uses
Then he picked up a rock much larger than the first, swung it aloft and hurled it with prodigious force.
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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