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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Cowper)

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

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alacrity
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Lead thou; to follow thee shall be our part With prompt alacrity; nor shall, I judge, Courage be wanting to our utmost force.†
alacrity = quickness; and/or cheerful eagerness
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amorous
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Then in a recess 270 Interior of the cavern, side by side Reposed, they took their amorous delight.†
amorous = romantic or sexual
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approbation
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Ulysses plann'd With no disapprobation of the Gods 520 The deed that ye deplore.†
disapprobation = disapproval

(Editor's note:  The prefix "dis-" in disapprobation reverses the meaning of approbation. This is the same pattern as seen in words like disagree, disconnect, and disappear.)
DefinitionGenerally approbation means:
approval - often official
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askance
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The change perform'd, Minerva disappear'd, And the illustrious Hero turn'd again Into the cottage; wonder at that sight Seiz'd on Telemachus; askance he look'd, Awe-struck, not unsuspicious of a God, And in wing'd accents eager thus began.†
askance = with disapproval or distrust; or directed to one side
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
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beguile
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Now, in my father's family abode A fair Phoenician, tall, full-sized, and skill'd In works of elegance, whom they beguiled.†
beguiled = deceived through charm or enchantment
DefinitionGenerally beguile means:
to charm, enchant, or entertain someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
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capacious
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Go, and my train Shall furnish thee a sumpter-carriage forth High-built, strong-wheel'd, and of capacious size.†
capacious = large in capacity
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cessation
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260 So from their eyelids they big drops distill'd Of tend'rest grief, nor had the setting sun Cessation of their weeping seen, had not Telemachus his father thus address'd.†
cessation = a stopping
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convivial
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Seek thou then again Thy own apartment, spindle ply and loom, And task thy maidens; management belongs 450 To men of joys convivial, and of men Especially to me, chief ruler here.†
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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desist
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150 Thrice, struggling, he essay'd to bend the bow, And thrice desisted, hoping still to draw The bow-string home, and shoot through all the rings.†
desisted = stopped
DefinitionGenerally desist means:
to not do something
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dissemble
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He spake, whom all approved; next, artful Chief Ulysses thus, dissembling, them address'd.†
dissembling = lying or deceiving (hiding or disguising the truth)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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egress
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So saying, her egress swift beside the bolt She made, and melted into air.†
egress = exit (departure from)
DefinitionGenerally egress means:
to exit
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filial
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At his side She stood, and thus her filial suit preferr'd.†
filial = relating to the relationship of children to their parents
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importune
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Telemachus, oh stranger, sends thee these, And counsels thee to importune for more 420 The suitors, one by one; for bashful fear Ill suits the mendicant by want oppress'd.†
importune = beg insistently or urge repeatedly
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iniquity
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I am here—oh, pity me! repress Thine own, and pacify thy father's wrath, That he destroy not me, through fierce revenge Of their iniquities who have consumed 430 His wealth, and, in their folly scorn'd his son.†
iniquities = immoral or unjust acts
DefinitionGenerally iniquity means:
immorality; or an immoral act
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interpose
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Which voyage, all in Ithaca, but most The haughty suitors, obstinate impede, 350 Now hear my suit and gracious interpose!†
interpose = insert between other elements; or to interrupt or stop action by others
DefinitionGenerally interpose means:
to insert between other elements; or to interrupt or stop action by others
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penury
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No want Of raiment, therefore, or of aught beside 620 Needful to solace penury like thine, Shall harm thee here; yet, at the peep of dawn Gird thy own tatters to thy loins again; For we have no great store of cloaks to boast, Or change of vests, but singly one for each.†
penury = a state of extreme poverty or destitution
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pernicious
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Horrible to ourselves Proved that disguise whom the pernicious scent Of the sea-nourish'd phocae sore annoy'd; For who would lay him down at a whale's side?†
pernicious = harmful or something spreading harm — especially in a gradual or subtle way
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presage
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He, prophesying to the Cyclops-race, Grew old among us, and presaged my loss Of sight, in future, by Ulysses' hand.†
presaged = served as a sign of something about to happen
DefinitionGenerally presage means:
serve as a sign of something about to happen — typically something bad
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redress
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But now, with darts of anguish ye transfix My inmost soul, and I have no redress.†
redress = fix a problem; or make up for a wrong
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sagacious
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Then had the hapless Hero premature Perish'd, but for sagacity inspired By Pallas azure-eyed.†
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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