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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Pope)

Extra Credit Words with Sample Sentences from the Book

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allay
2 uses
And now, their thirst by copious draughts allay'd, The youthful hero and the Athenian maid Propose departure from the finish'd rite, And in their hollow bark to pass the night; But this hospitable sage denied, "Forbid it, Jove! and all the gods!†
allay'd = reduced the intensity of or calmed
DefinitionGenerally allay means:
reduce the intensity of or calm
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amorous
6 uses
Calypso in her caves constrain'd his stay, With sweet, reluctant, amorous delay; In vain-for now the circling years disclose The day predestined to reward his woes.†
amorous = romantic or sexual
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askance
2 uses
Stay, then: no eye askance beholds thee here; Sweet is thy converse to each social ear; Well pleased, and pleasing, in our cottage rest, Till good Telemachus accepts his guest With genial gifts, and change of fair attires, And safe conveys thee where thy soul desires.†
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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1st useBook 9
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authenticate
1 use
...and Odyssey were recited substantially as they now stand (always allowing for partial divergences of text and interpolations) in 776 B.C., our first trustworthy mark of Grecian time; and this ancient date, let it be added, as it is the best-authenticated fact, so it is also the most important attribute of the Homeric poems, considered in reference to Grecian history; for they thus afford us an insight into the anti-historical character of the Greeks, enabling us to trace the subsequent...†
authenticated = established that something is real or legitimate
DefinitionGenerally authenticate means:
establish that something is real or legitimate
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beguile
5 uses
Why were my cares beguiled in short repose?†
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
13 uses
The golden ewer a maid obsequious brings, Replenish'd from the cool, translucent springs; With copious water the bright vase supplies A silver laver of capacious size; They wash.†
capacious = large in capacity
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carouse
2 uses
Haste from the court, ye spoilers, haste away: Waste in wild riot what your land allows, There ply the early feast, and late carouse.†
carouse = having fun with others in a noisy manner while drinking alcohol
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disclaim
3 uses
The grave and cautious Thucydides quoted without hesitation the Hymn to Apollo, the authenticity of which has been already disclaimed by modern critics.†
disclaimed = denied (responsibility, knowledge, or ownership)
DefinitionGenerally disclaim means:
to deny (responsibility for, knowledge of, or ownership of)
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dissemble
3 uses
At last, sublime, his stately growth he rears A tree, and well-dissembled foliage wears.†
dissembled = deceived (hid or disguised the truth without outright lying)
DefinitionGenerally dissemble means:
hide or disguise the truth without outright lying
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1st useBook 13
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doleful
4 uses
Straight all the mother in her soul awakes, And, owning her Ulysses, thus she speaks; 'Comest thou, my son, alive, to realms beneath, The dolesome realms of darkness and of death!†
dolesome = expressing or causing sadness
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fallacious
2 uses
And hope, too long with vain delusion fed, Deaf to the rumour of fallacious fame, Gives to the roll of death his glorious name!†
fallacious = not correct
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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filial
18 uses
There, warm with filial love, the cause inquire That from his realm retards his god-like sire; Delivering early to the voice of fame The promise of a green immortal name.†
filial = relating to the relationship of children to their parents
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officious
4 uses
The thighs now sacrificed, and entrails dress'd, The assistants part, transfix, and broil the rest While these officious tend the rites divine, The last fair branch of the Nestorean line, Sweet Polycaste, took the pleasing toil To bathe the prince, and pour the fragrant oil.†
officious = too eager to tell others what to do
DefinitionGenerally officious means:
too eager to tell others what to do — often regarding unimportant matters
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1st useBook 3
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perfidy
3 uses
Some kings with arbitrary rage devour, Or in their tyrant-minions vest the power; Ulysses let no partial favours fall, The people's parent, he protected all; But absent now, perfidious and ingrate!†
perfidious = not trustworthy (prone to intentional betrayal)
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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1st useBook 4
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presage
4 uses
Presaging tears apace began to rain; But tears in mortal miseries are vain.†
presaging = serving 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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prescient
4 uses
The wondering rivals gaze, with cares oppress'd, And chilling horrors freeze in every breast, Till big with knowledge of approaching woes, The prince of augurs, Halitherses, rose: Prescient he view'd the aerial tracks, and drew A sure presage from every wing that flew.†
prescient = knowing (or at least expecting) what will happen before it happens
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prolific
3 uses
Bright Helen learn'd from Thone's imperial wife; Who sway'd the sceptre, where prolific Nile With various simples clothes the fatten'd soil.†
prolific = producing abundantly
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1st useBook 4
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redress
6 uses
But now the wise instructions of the sage, And manly thoughts inspired by manly age, Teach me to seek redress for all my woe, Here, or in Pyle—in Pyle, or here, your foe.†
redress = fix a problem; or make up for a wrong
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1st useBook 2
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sagacious
3 uses
Nor is this morbid species of sagacity by any means to be looked upon as a literary novelty.†
sagacity = wisdom
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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Book3 uses
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1st useBook 20
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timorous
6 uses
Of that heroic sire the youth is sprung, But modest awe hath chain'd his timorous tongue.†
timorous = timid (fearful) or shy
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Book6 uses
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1st useBook 4
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