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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Cowper)
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assail
25 uses
Serbian forces assailed Bosnian towns.
assailed = attacked
DefinitionGenerally assail means:
attack physically or verbally
Word Statistics
Book25 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 19
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attain
14 uses
She was the first woman to attain the rank of general.
attain = gain or reach something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 9
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avenge
21 uses
In the story, she wants to avenge the murder of her brother.
avenge = take revenge for
DefinitionGenerally avenge means:
take revenge for a perceived wrong
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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cease
48 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
Word Statistics
Book48 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 3
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consequence
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
a direct consequence of
Your decision will have three major consequences.
consequences = results
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 9
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deemed
24 uses
The producer deemed her too old to play the role.
deemed = believed or judged
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 14
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diffuse
18 uses
When the United States focused on terrorism, the movement went further underground and became more diffuse.
diffuse = spread out
DefinitionGenerally diffuse means:
to spread; or to soften or calm

or:

to be spread out (not concentrated) — sometimes implying a lack or organization or the use of too many words
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 8
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
She disputes her landlord's claim that the music was that loud.
disputes = challenges
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 18
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divine
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
The creature dwells in the forest.
dwells = lives in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 4
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2  —1 use as in:
a modest dwelling
There is a second dwelling unit on the property.
dwelling = a home in which someone lives
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 6
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heed
18 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
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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illustrious
74 uses
an illustrious achievement
illustrious = famous and admired; or worthy of admiration
Word Statistics
Book74 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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inclined
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
on an incline or incline his head
I climbed down the incline.
incline = something that is at an angle (in this case, probably sloping land)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of incline means:
to be at an angle or to bend
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 1
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mentor
21 uses
The famous professor mentored her during her years in graduate school
mentored = acted as guide and advisor for someone with less experience
DefinitionGenerally mentor means:
someone who guides and advises another who is less experienced; or the act of providing such guidance
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 2
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minuteness
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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mortal
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 8
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perish
55 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
Book55 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 11
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prudent
33 uses
She was promoted to manager because she is so prudent.
prudent = sensible and careful
Word Statistics
Book33 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 15
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wrath
28 uses
She could hardly contain her wrath when she learned he had betrayed her.
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger — sometimes implying angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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