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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Butler)
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abide   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 3 uses
1  —1 use as in:
abide by her decision
I will go before you and show the way, but say not a word as you go, and do not look at any man, nor ask him questions; for the people here cannot abide strangers, and do not like men who come from some other place.
abide = tolerate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to tolerate or put up with something
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 7
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2  —1 use as in:
abide in the forest
Howbeit Poseidon had now departed for the distant Ethiopians, the Ethiopians that are sundered in twain, the uttermost of men, abiding some where Hyperion sinks and some where he rises.
abiding = living
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to live in a place

or more rarely:  to live with someone or something
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePref.
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3  —1 use as in:
an abiding desire to
Here no wind beats roughly, and neither rain nor snow can fall; but it abides in everlasting sunshine and in a great peacefulness of light,
abides = remains
DefinitionGenerally this sense of abide means:
to remain or endure
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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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
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library46 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 — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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bard
27 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
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Book27 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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bronze
30 uses
He shall have my sword, which is of bronze, all but the hilt, which is of silver.
bronze = a reddish brown metal that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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
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Book30 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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charlatan
1 use
"Ulysses," replied Alcinous, "not one of us who sees you has any idea that you are a charlatan or a swindler. I know there are many people going about who tell such plausible stories that it is very hard to see through them, but there is a style about your language which assures me of your good disposition."
charlatan = one who pretends to have capabilities or knowledge they lack
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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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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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 7
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cunning
20 uses
I alone recognised him and began to question him, but he was too cunning for me.
cunning = clever and deceptive
DefinitionGenerally cunning means:
being good at achieving goals through cleverness and trickery
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Book20 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 19
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
...you need not defer your tournament,
defer = postpone (put off having)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 19
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dispose
1 use
1  —1 use 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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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 8
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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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 24
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immortal
47 uses
They say he has reigned for three generations so that it is like talking to an immortal.
immortal = someone who lives forever
DefinitionGenerally immortal means:
someone who lives forever

or:

a person of enduring fame
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Book47 uses
Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePref.
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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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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lament
13 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
Word Statistics
Book13 uses
Library9 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
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePref.
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