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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Cowper)
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Agamemnon
24 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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Book24 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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arbiter
2 uses
She was the final arbiter on all matters of fashion.
arbiter = someone who settles disputes — often because of reputation
DefinitionGenerally arbiter means:
someone who settles disputes — often because of reputation

or:

someone chosen to judge and decide a disputed issue
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 8
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askance
2 uses
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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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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capacious
3 uses
She carries a capacious bag.
capacious = large in capacity
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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cessation
2 uses
The Security Council called for an immediate cessation of hostilities.
cessation = ending
DefinitionGenerally cessation means:
a stopping
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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convivial
3 uses
They have convivial gatherings the second Tuesday of each month.
convivial = friendly and fun
DefinitionGenerally convivial means:
friendly and fun — especially (when of a person) fond of the pleasures of good company
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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copious
7 uses
She took copious notes.
copious = a lot of
DefinitionGenerally copious means:
abundant (large in quantity or number)
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Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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desist
2 uses
The Federal Trade Commission ordered the company to cease-and-desist from making such claims.
desist = to stop doing something
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 21
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egregious
1 use
She asked for triple damages due to egregious negligence.
egregious = exceptionally bad
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 21
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egress
6 uses
Picketing strikers may not block access to or egress from the premises.
egress = exit (departure from)
DefinitionGenerally egress means:
to exit
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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expedite
3 uses
Is there a way to expedite the paperwork, so we don't miss our deadline?
expedite = make sure something happens faster than normal
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 20
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filial
3 uses
She tried to restrain her mother, so far as filial respect would allow.
filial = child-to-parent
DefinitionGenerally filial means:
relating to the relationship of children to their parents
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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gratuitous
2 uses
She is known for distributing gratuitous insults.
gratuitous = unnecessary and unwarranted
DefinitionGenerally gratuitous means:
unnecessary and unwarranted

or less commonly (except where it is common in the legal field):  costing nothing
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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importune
2 uses
She began to importune school trustees as soon as she learned of the problem.
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 9
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ingenuous
2 uses
She plays a wide-eyed, ingenuous schoolgirl forced to grow up too quickly.
ingenuous = innocent as in lacking in sophistication or worldliness — especially in being direct and not masking feelings
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 7
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inure
15 uses
She is inured to the cold.
inured = untroubled by something because one is so accustomed to it
DefinitionGenerally inure means:
cause to become untroubled by something unpleasant due to prior exposure to it
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Book15 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 7
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luscious
5 uses
a bowl of luscious-looking peaches
luscious = very desirable
DefinitionGenerally luscious means:
very desirable in various senses — such as:
  • delicious — especially sweet and juicy
  • sexually appealing
  • pleasing or delightful
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 9
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presage
4 uses
We see none of the pessimism that typically presages a recession.
presages = serves as a sign of coming
DefinitionGenerally presage means:
serve as a sign of something about to happen — typically something bad
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Book4 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 9
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propitious
19 uses
It was a propitious time to graduate with a degree in petroleum engineering.
propitious = favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
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Book19 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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satiate
10 uses
The candy satiated my craving for sugar.
satiated = satisfied
DefinitionGenerally satiate means:
to satisfy or indulge a hunger; or fill to satisfaction
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 4
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