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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Pope)
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bestow
44 uses
They gave her the highest honor they can bestow.
bestow = give (as an honor)
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
Word Statistics
Book44 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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cease
72 uses
They signed a cease-fire agreement.
cease = to stop or discontinue (in this case, to stop firing weapons at each other)
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
Word Statistics
Book72 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 4
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
The weather forced us to defer our departure another day.
defer = postpone or delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 16
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
There is too much discord in the team.
discord = conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 21
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disdain
22 uses
She tries to be polite, but cannot hide her disdain for authority.
disdain = lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book22 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 14
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divine   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 10 uses
1  —9 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Her pies are divine.
divine = wonderful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
Word Statistics
Book9 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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2  —1 use as in:
divined from tea leaves
She claims she can divine the future with a crystal ball.
divine = to predict or discover something supernaturally (as if by magic)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 20
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genial
41 uses
She sent a genial messenger with a tough message.
genial = friendly and good-natured
Word Statistics
Book41 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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hospitable
45 uses
a good-natured and hospitable man
hospitable = welcoming
DefinitionGenerally hospitable means:
welcoming — such as:
  • inclined to treat guests well
  • favorable to life and growth
  • open to new ideas or change
Word Statistics
Book45 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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indulge
24 uses
She indulges her children more than is good for them.
indulges = allows them to get their way (gives into their desire)
DefinitionGenerally indulge means:
to give into a desire or enjoy something — especially in excess of what is thought good—such as a desire to eat too much cake, or be too lazy

or:

to allow or help someone to get their way or enjoy something — especially something that (probably because of excess) is not considered to be good or proper
Word Statistics
Book24 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 9
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minuteness
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
minute size; or minute description
Don't eat a lot of poppy seeds for a few days before a drug test. They have a minute amount of a chemical that can cause a false positive when testing for heroin use.
minute = small, detailed, or careful
DefinitionGenerally this sense of minuteness means:
very small

or:

detailed (including even small considerations); or careful (done with care)
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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mortal
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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novel
1 use
We're looking for novel advertising ideas.
novel = new and original
DefinitionGenerally this sense of novel means:
new and original — typically something considered good
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 1
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oppress
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
oppressive government
The regime oppresses its people.
oppresses = harshly and unfairly dominates
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oppress means:
to dominate harshly and unfairly (as in "oppressive government")

or:

to deny equal rights to others or make them suffer (as in "The government oppresses minorities.")
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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pensive
38 uses
She paced back and forth in the hospital waiting room—looking pensive.
pensive = appearing deep in thought
DefinitionGenerally pensive means:
appearing deep in thought — typically looking sad or serious
Word Statistics
Book38 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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vengeance
56 uses
1  —56 uses as in:
vengeance is mine
Most Americans wanted vengeance after the 9-11 attacks.
vengeance = to take 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
Book56 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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wrath
40 uses
She could hardly contain her wrath when she learned he had betrayed her.
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger — sometimes implying angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book40 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 12
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wretch
41 uses
Pity the poor wretch.
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for
DefinitionGenerally wretch means:
someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
Word Statistics
Book41 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 8 uses
1  —1 use as in:
will yield valuable data
The discovery could yield a more effective treatment for diabetes.
yield = produce (lead to)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 24
Web Links
2  —7 uses as in:
yield to pressure
The country vowed not to yield to pressure from its larger neighbors.
yield = give in
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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