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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Pope)
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Agamemnon
9 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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Book9 uses
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allay
2 uses
They have tried to allay fears by saying their weapons are of a defensive nature.
allay = reduced the intensity of
DefinitionGenerally allay means:
reduce the intensity of or calm
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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authenticate
1 use
The expert authenticated her signature.
authenticated = established that something is real or what people say it is
DefinitionGenerally authenticate means:
establish that something is real or what people say it is
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capacious
13 uses
She carries a capacious bag.
capacious = large in capacity
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1st useBook 1
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credulous
2 uses
The trick would fool none but the most credulous.
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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dissemble
3 uses
The news is bad, but the company spokesperson is doing what she can to change the subject and dissemble.
dissemble = deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 13
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effusion
3 uses
I read her latest effusion about the health care mess.
effusion = an enthusiastic expression of feelings or thoughts
DefinitionGenerally this sense of effusion means:
an enthusiastic expression of feelings or thoughts

or:

something flowing or given off (often a liquid or gas under pressure such as blood or leaking gas)
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Book3 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 22
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enjoin
4 uses
Environmentalist seek to enjoin the drilling on the grounds that it is unnecessary and dangerous.
enjoin = prohibit (command not to do something)
DefinitionGenerally enjoin means:
to command someone to do (or not do) something
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filial
18 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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1st useBook 1
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ignoble
6 uses
There is something cowardly and ignoble in his attitude.
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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1st useBook 3
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inure
7 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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Book7 uses
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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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1st useBook 2
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perfidy
3 uses
She is guilty of perfidy if not treason.
perfidy = an act of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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Book3 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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perishable
1 use
Spoilage is an important cost for businesses that deal in perishable goods.
perishable = things that decay (spoil)
DefinitionGenerally perishable means:
things that decay (spoil) — (often said of foods that need refrigeration such as meats or milk)
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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 10
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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 1
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ravish
6 uses
The soldiers ravished the city.
ravished = overwhelmed, plundered, and raped
DefinitionGenerally this sense of ravish means:
to rape, overwhelm or plunder
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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satiate
4 uses
The candy satiated my craving for sugar.
satiated = satisfied
DefinitionGenerally satiate means:
to satisfy or indulge a hunger; or fill to satisfaction
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 5
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timorous
6 uses
She was timorous as a mouse.
timorous = timid
DefinitionGenerally timorous means:
timid (fearful) or shy
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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vicissitudes
4 uses
the project was subject to the usual vicissitudes of exploratory research
vicissitudes = changes — especially unanticipated difficulties
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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