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The Odyssey by Homer - (translated by: Pope)
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bestow
44 uses
With that, her hand the sacred veil bestows, Then down the deeps she dived from whence she rose; A moment snatch'd the shining form away, And all was covered with the curling sea.†
bestows = gives
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
Ulysses, cease; Offend not Jove:
cease = stop
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
...'tis dangerous to defer.
defer = postpone (hold off)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
postpone (hold off until a later time)
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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
But discord and black death await the game!
discord = conflict
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
Gods! how my soul is moved with just disdain!†
disdain = a 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
Phemius, whose voice divine could sweetest sing
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
In vision wrapp'd, the Hyperesian seer
Uprose, and thus divined the vengeance near:
divined = predicted (by magic)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
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
Indulge the genial hour, unbend thy soul, Leave thought to age, and drain the flowing bowl.†
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
Under his hospitable and intelligent host, Melesigenes rapidly became acquainted with the legends respecting Ulysses, which afterwards formed the subject of the Odyssey.†
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
Indulge the genial hour, unbend thy soul, Leave thought to age, and drain the flowing bowl.†
indulge = enjoy to excess
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
I do not at this moment remember two emendations on Homer, calculated to substantially improve the poetry of a passage, although a mass of remarks, from Herodotus down to Loewe, have given us the history of a thousand minute points, without which our Greek knowledge would be gloomy and jejune.†
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
He held up before his nation the mirror in which they were to behold the world of gods and heroes, no less than of feeble mortals, and to behold them reflected with purity and truth.†
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
Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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novel
1 use
Oft, Jove's ethereal rays (resistless fire) The chanters soul and raptured song inspire Instinct divine? nor blame severe his choice, Warbling the Grecian woes with heart and voice; For novel lays attract our ravish'd ears; But old, the mind with inattention hears: Patient permit the sadly pleasing strain; Familiar now with grief, your tears refrain, And in the public woe forget your own; You weep not for a perish'd lord alone.†
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
Now, imaged in his mind, he sees restored In peace and joy the people's rightful lord; The proud oppressors fly the vengeful sword.†
oppressors = people who deny equal rights to others or make them suffer

or:

people who dominate others harshly and unfairly
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
There, wrapped in silent shade, Pensive, the rules the goddess gave he weigh'd; Stretch'd on the downy fleece, no rest he knows, And in his raptured soul the vision glows.†
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
But of his wish'd return the care resign, Be future vengeance to the powers divine.†
vengeance = the act of taking 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
Why cease we then the wrath of heaven to stay?†
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
Hermes I sent, while yet his soul remain'd Sincere from royal blood, and faith profaned; To warn the wretch, that young Orestes, grown To manly years, should re-assert the throne.†
wretch = 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
Say, could one city yield a troop so fair?†
yield = produce or give
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
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2  —7 uses as in:
yield to pressure
Before the rest I raised my ready steel, The first I met, he yielded, or he fell.†
yielded = gave in, gave way, or gave up
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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