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abhor
6 uses
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.†
abhor = hate or detest
DefinitionGenerally abhor means:
to hate or detest something
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avenge
4 uses
CREON So 'twas surmised, but none was found to avenge His murder mid the trouble that ensued.†
avenge = take revenge for
DefinitionGenerally avenge means:
take revenge for a perceived wrong
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banish
9 uses
CREON Banishment, or the shedding blood for blood.†
banishment = to expel or get rid of
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of

in various senses including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
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calumny
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OEDIPUS Thou shalt rue it Twice to repeat so gross a calumny.†
calumny = false accusation against a person
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deemed
6 uses
Wherefore he fled from what he deemed his father's house and in his flight he encountered and unwillingly slew his father Laius.†
deemed = believed or judged
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
should discord grow
discord = conflict and disagreement
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
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divine
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to forgive is divine
Of images divine,
divine = god-like (of gods)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of divine means:
wonderful; or god-like or coming from God
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dogged
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
dogged by problems
Nay, thou know'st it not, And all unwitting art a double foe To thine own kin, the living and the dead; Aye and the dogging curse of mother and sire One day shall drive thee, like a two-edged sword, Beyond our borders, and the eyes that now See clear shall henceforward endless night.†
dogging = following; or persistently annoying
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dogged means:
followed; or persistently annoyed
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flout
2 uses
OEDIPUS And who could stay his choler when he heard How insolently thou dost flout the State?†
flout = openly disregard
DefinitionGenerally flout means:
to openly disregard — typically a law, rule, or custom
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grievous
5 uses
Children were born to them and Thebes prospered under his rule, but again a grievous plague fell upon the city.†
grievous = very serious; or very bad
DefinitionGenerally grievous means:
very serious; or very bad; or causing grief
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heed
3 uses
O Zeus, reveal thy might, King, if thou'rt named aright Omnipotent, all-seeing, as of old; For Laius is forgot; His weird, men heed it not; Apollo is forsook and faith grows cold.†
heed = pay close attention to; or do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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insolent
4 uses
OEDIPUS And who could stay his choler when he heard How insolently thou dost flout the State?†
insolently = with rude disrespect
DefinitionGenerally insolent means:
rudely disrespectful
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mitigate
1 use
I know thou mean'st me well, And yet would'st mitigate and blunt my zeal.†
mitigate = make less harmful or unpleasant
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mortal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
mortal body
Flout then both Creon and my words, for none Of mortals shall be striken worse than thou.†
mortals = humans (especially merely humans) or people subject to death
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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perish
4 uses
If in the days of old when we nigh had perished, ye drave From our land the fiery plague, be near us now and defend us!†
perished = died, was destroyed, or ceased to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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unwitting
4 uses
TEIRESIAS I say thou livest with thy nearest kin In infamy, unwitting in thy shame.†
unwitting = unintentional (without knowledge)
DefinitionGenerally unwitting means:
not intentional (without knowledge)
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wrath
3 uses
See that ye give effect to all my hest, For my sake and the god's and for our land, A desert blasted by the wrath of heaven.†
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger — sometimes implying angry punishment
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wretch
11 uses
And on the murderer this curse I lay (On him and all the partners in his guilt):— Wretch, may he pine in utter wretchedness!†
wretch = someone  you feel sorry for

or:

a person of bad character
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zeal
5 uses
My zeal in your behalf ye cannot doubt; Ruthless indeed were I and obdurate If such petitioners as you I spurned.†
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Zeus
11 uses
OEDIPUS THE KING Suppliants of all ages are seated round the altar at the palace doors, at their head a PRIEST OF ZEUS.†
Zeus = Greek mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
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