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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Cowper)

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afflict
17 uses
He ceas'd, and I, afflicted as I was, Yet felt my spirit at that word refresh'd, And in wing'd accents answer thus return'd.†
afflicted = suffering; or made to suffer
DefinitionGenerally afflict means:
cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
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Book17 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 14
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ardent
14 uses
360 But if Penelope produced thee not His son, I, then, hope not for good effect Of this design which, ardent, thou pursuest.†
ardent = feeling intense emotion (often enthusiasm or love)
DefinitionGenerally ardent means:
showing or feeling intense emotion — typically strong positive feelings such as enthusiasm or love
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Book14 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 20
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attain
14 uses
May the Gods give thee to behold again Thy wife, and to attain thy native shore, Whence absent long, thou hast so much endured!†
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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cease
73 uses
let thy long displeasure cease!
cease = stop
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
Word Statistics
Book73 uses
Library26 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
It is certain that in Homer the word is declined not as +outis-tinos+ which signifies no man, but as +outis-tidos+ making +outin+ in the accusative, consequently as a proper name.†
consequently = resultantly (as a result)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of consequence means:
a result of something (often an undesired side effect)
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Book4 uses
Library28 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 9
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contrived
15 uses
There, never in opinion, or in voice Illustrious Ulysses and myself Divided were, but, one in heart, contrived 160 As best we might, the benefit of all.†
contrived = unnatural or arranged
DefinitionGenerally contrived means:
unnatural seeming (due to careful planning)

or more rarely:

arranged (that something should happen)
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Book15 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
He said; at once loud-laughing all arose; The ill-clad disputants they round about Encompass'd, and Antinoues thus began.†
disputants = those involved in challenging, arguing about, or fighting over something
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 18
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divine
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
...competition cannot be between mere mortal beauties, and a form divine.
divine = god-like (of a god)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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Book7 uses
Library8 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.
Or if, already dead, he dwell below.
dwell = live (makes his home)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 4
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2  —1 use as in:
a modest dwelling
Thenceforth thou may'st expect thy friends to see,
Thy dwelling, and thy native soil again.
dwelling = home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 6
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forlorn
14 uses
Yet found he not within the mighty Chief Ulysses; he sat weeping on the shore, Forlorn, for there his custom was with groans Of sad regret t' afflict his breaking heart.†
forlorn = sad, hopeless, pitiful and/or abandoned
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Book14 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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heed
18 uses
370 Heed not the suitors' projects; neither wise Are they, nor just, nor aught suspect the doom Which now approaches them, and in one day Shall overwhelm them all.†
heed = pay close attention to; or 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
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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hospitable
18 uses
Or hospitable, and who fear the Gods?†
hospitable = welcoming
DefinitionGenerally hospitable means:
welcoming
in various senses, including:
  • inclined to treat guests well — as in "She is good-natured and hospitable."
  • favorable to life and growth — as in "The climate is hospitable to roses."
  • open to new ideas or change — as in "The organization is hospitable to new ideas."
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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mentor
21 uses
He is refused, but is afterwards furnished with what he wants by Minerva, in the form of Mentor.†
mentor = someone who guides and advises another who is less experienced; or the act of providing such guidance
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Book21 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 2
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mortal
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
mortal body
On thee, Jove's daughter, Proserpine, obtrudes No airy semblance vain; but such the state 260 And nature is of mortals once deceased.†
mortals = humans (especially merely humans) or people subject to death
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 8
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perish
55 uses
And well he merited the death he found; 60 So perish all, who shall, like him, offend.†
perish = die, 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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 11
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prudent
31 uses
She heard astonish'd; and the prudent speech Reposing of her son deep in her heart, Again with her attendant maidens sought Her upper chamber.†
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book31 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 15
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satiate
11 uses
Yet while, sequester'd here, I frequent mourn My slaughter'd friends, by turns I sooth my soul 130 With tears shed for them, and by turns again I cease; for grief soon satiates free indulged.†
satiates = to satisfy a hunger; or fill to satisfaction (typically said of hunger for food, but can be said of anything desired—such as of knowledge or sensual pleasure)
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 4
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vengeance
15 uses
1  —15 uses as in:
vengeance is mine
So Hermes spake, but his advice moved not AEgisthus, on whose head the whole arrear Of vengeance heap'd, at last, hath therefore fall'n.†
vengeance = the act of taking revenge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of vengeance means:
the act of taking revenge

(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
Word Statistics
Book15 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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wrath
28 uses
Yet all the Gods, with pity moved, beheld His woes, save Neptune; He alone with wrath Unceasing and implacable pursued Godlike Ulysses to his native shores.†
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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