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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Pope)
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Agamemnon
9 uses
While employed on the wild legend of Odysseus, he met with a ballad, recording the quarrel of Achilles and Agamemnon.†
Agamemnon = Greek mythology:  the king who lead the Greeks against Troy in the Trojan War
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allay
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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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authenticate
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...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 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
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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credulous
2 uses
History and tradition, whether of ancient or comparatively recent times, are subjected to very different handling from that which the indulgence or credulity of former ages could allow.†
credulity = gullibility (being too willing to believe)
DefinitionGenerally credulous means:
gullible (being too willing to believe)
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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:
to deceive (hide or disguise the truth without outright lying)
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effusion
3 uses
Long-press'd, he heaved beneath the weighty wave, Clogg'd by the cumbrous vest Calypso gave; At length, emerging, from his nostrils wide And gushing mouth effused the briny tide; E'en then not mindless of his last retreat, He seized the raft, and leap'd into his seat, Strong with the fear of death.†
effused = expressed feelings or thoughts enthusiastically

or:

squirted or gave off (typically under pressure such as blood or leaking gas)
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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enjoin
4 uses
...various gifts, the sage assign'd The glory of a firm capacious mind; With that superior attribute control This unavailing impotence of soul, Let not your roof with echoing grief resound, Now for the feast the friendly bowl is crown'd; But when, from dewy shade emerging bright, Aurora streaks the sky with orient light, Let each deplore his dead; the rites of woe Are all, alas! the living can bestow; O'er the congenial dust enjoin'd to shear The graceful curl, and drop the tender tear.†
enjoin'd = to command someone to do (or not do) something
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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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ignoble
6 uses
Whose early years for future worth engage, No vulgar manhood, no ignoble age.†
ignoble = completely lacking nobility in character, quality or purpose
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inure
7 uses
Inured to cares, to death in all its forms; Outcast I rove, familiar with the storms.†
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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luscious
5 uses
When lawless gluttons riot, mirth's a crime; The luscious wines, dishonour'd, lose their taste; The song is noise, and impious is the feast.†
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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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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perishable
1 use
Pass we to other subjects; and engage On themes remote the venerable sage (Who thrice has seen the perishable kind Of men decay, and through three ages shined Like gods majestic, and like gods in mind); For much he knows, and just conclusions draws, From various precedents, and various laws.†
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
Presaging tears apace began to rain; But tears in mortal miseries are vain.†
presaging = serve as a sign of something about to happen — typically something bad
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propitious
19 uses
Descend once more, propitious to my aid.†
propitious = favorable (circumstances suggesting good things to come)
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ravish
6 uses
The thoughts which roll within my ravish'd breast, To me, no seer, the inspiring gods suggest; Nor skill'd nor studious, with prophetic eye To judge the winged omens of the sky.†
ravish'd = to rape, overwhelm or plunder
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satiate
4 uses
Now pleased and satiate from the social rite Repair we to the blessings of the night; But with the rising day, assembled here, Let all the elders of the land appear, Pious observe our hospitable laws, And Heaven propitiate in the stranger's cause; Then join'd in council, proper means explore Safe to transport him to the wished-for shore (How distant that, imports us not to know, Nor weigh the labour, but relieve the woe).†
satiate = to satisfy or indulge a hunger; or fill to satisfaction
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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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vicissitudes
4 uses
Melesigenes knew that the poem was destined to be a lasting one, and so it has proved; but, first, the poems were destined to undergo many vicissitudes and corruptions, by the people who took to singing them in the streets, assemblies, and agoras.†
vicissitudes = changes — especially unanticipated difficulties
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