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abject
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Come hither, deign to touch an abject wretch; Draw near and fear not; I myself must bear The load of guilt that none but I can share.†
abject = extreme
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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assail
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CHORUS Brand not a friend whom babbling tongues assail; Let not suspicion 'gainst his oath prevail.†
assail = attack
DefinitionGenerally assail means:
attack physically or verbally
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atone
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For, had I sight, I know not with what eyes I could have met my father in the shades, Or my poor mother, since against the twain I sinned, a sin no gallows could atone.†
atone = make amends
DefinitionGenerally atone means:
make amends for — especially a sin

(To make amends is to try to mend or makeup for a wrong.)
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Bacchus
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Thee too I call with golden-snooded hair, Whose name our land doth bear, Bacchus to whom thy Maenads Evoe shout; Come with thy bright torch, rout, Blithe god whom we adore, The god whom gods abhor.†
Bacchus = Roman mythology:  god of wine
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calamity
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OEDIPUS I'll tell thee, lady; if his tale agrees With thine, I shall have 'scaped calamity.†
calamity = a disastrous event; or the distress resulting from it
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charlatan
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A gift, a thing I sought not, for this crown The trusty Creon, my familiar friend, Hath lain in wait to oust me and suborned This mountebank, this juggling charlatan, This tricksy beggar-priest, for gain alone Keen-eyed, but in his proper art stone-blind.†
charlatan = one who pretends to have capabilities or knowledge they lack
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chastise
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Thank thy grey hairs that thou hast still to learn What chastisement such arrogance deserves.†
chastisement = to scold or criticize
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choleric
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OEDIPUS And who could stay his choler when he heard How insolently thou dost flout the State?†
choler = associated with anger; or a bodily fluid medieval medicine associated with anger
DefinitionGenerally choleric means:
easily moved to anger; or characterized by anger
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exeunt
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[Exeunt OEDIPUS and CREON] PRIEST Come, children, let us hence; these gracious words Forestall the very purpose of our suit.†
exeunt = stage direction:  characters exit from stage
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expiate
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OEDIPUS What expiation means he?†
expiation = atonement (a way of demonstrating sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good in return for the wrong, or by accepting punishment)
DefinitionGenerally expiate means:
atone (demonstrate sorrow for a wrong either by doing something good to make up for the wrong, or accepting punishment)
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extirpate
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King Phoebus bids us straitly extirpate A fell pollution that infests the land, And no more harbor an inveterate sore.†
extirpate = to completely remove, eliminate, or destroy
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feud
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Proof is there none: how then can I challenge our King's good name, How in a blood-feud join for an untracked deed of shame?†
feud = a bitter, long-standing quarrel between two parties; or describing such a quarrel
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infamy
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TEIRESIAS I say thou livest with thy nearest kin In infamy, unwitting in thy shame.†
infamy = famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
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inveterate
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King Phoebus bids us straitly extirpate A fell pollution that infests the land, And no more harbor an inveterate sore.†
inveterate = habitual; or something of long standing
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liege
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CHORUS My liege, if any man sees eye to eye With our lord Phoebus, 'tis our prophet, lord Teiresias; he of all men best might guide A searcher of this matter to the light.†
liege = a feudal lord entitled to allegiance and service

or:

a person who owes allegiance and service to a feudal lord
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obdurate
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My zeal in your behalf ye cannot doubt; Ruthless indeed were I and obdurate If such petitioners as you I spurned.†
obdurate = stubbornly persistent
DefinitionGenerally obdurate means:
stubbornly persistent — especially in wrongdoing

or more rarely (except in classic literature):

showing unfeeling resistance to tender feelings
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presage
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OEDIPUS O King Apollo! may his joyous looks Be presage of the joyous news he brings!†
presage = serve as a sign of something about to happen — typically something bad
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prevaricate
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OEDIPUS The knave methinks will still prevaricate.†
prevaricate = be deliberately ambiguous or unclear in order to mislead or withhold information; or make false statements
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scapegoat
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Methinks that thou and thine abettor soon Will rue your plot to drive the scapegoat out.†
scapegoat = someone blamed or punished for the errors of others
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spurn
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My zeal in your behalf ye cannot doubt; Ruthless indeed were I and obdurate If such petitioners as you I spurned.†
spurned = rejected as not good enough
DefinitionGenerally spurn means:
reject as not good enough
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