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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Cowper)
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assail
25 uses
270 He ended; then, Asphalion, at his word, Servant of glorious Menelaus, poured Pure water on their hands, and they the feast Before them with keen appetite assail'd.†
assail'd = attacked
DefinitionGenerally assail means:
attack physically or verbally
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Book25 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 19
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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
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Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 9
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avenge
21 uses
For that Atrides' son Orestes, soon As grown mature, and eager to assume His sway imperial, should avenge the deed.†
avenge = take revenge for
DefinitionGenerally avenge means:
take revenge for a perceived wrong
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Book21 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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cease
48 uses
let thy long displeasure cease!
cease = stop
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
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)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library24 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 9
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deemed
24 uses
But now, report Proclaims me his, whom I of all mankind Unhappiest deem.†
deem = believe or judge
DefinitionGenerally deemed means:
believed or judged
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 14
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diffuse
18 uses
And righteous was that vengeance; his renown Achaia's sons shall far and wide diffuse, To future times transmitting it in song.†
diffuse = 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
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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.
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 100
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
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.
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
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 6
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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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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illustrious
74 uses
Eurymachus, and ye the suitor train Illustrious, I have spoken: ye shall hear No more this supplication urged by me.†
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
190 An herald, then, to Phemius' hand consign'd His beauteous lyre; he through constraint regaled The suitors with his song, and while the chords He struck in prelude to his pleasant strains, Telemachus his head inclining nigh To Pallas' ear, lest others should his words Witness, the blue-eyed Goddess thus bespake.†
inclining = 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
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
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
No wanderer lands in Ithaca, but he seeks With feign'd intelligence my mistress' ear; She welcomes all, and while she questions each Minutely, from her lids lets fall the tear Affectionate, as well beseems a wife Whose mate hath perish'd in a distant land.†
minutely = with careful attention to detail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
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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
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
Word Statistics
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
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 11
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prudent
33 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
Word Statistics
Book33 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 15
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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 — sometimes implying angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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