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Oedipus King of Thebes (translated by: Murray)
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abate
1 use
The storm abated.
abated = became less in amount or intensity
DefinitionGenerally abate means:
to become less in amount or intensity
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arraign
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She was arraigned and released without bail.
arraigned = called before a court to answer an indictment
DefinitionGenerally arraign means:
call before a court to answer an indictment

or:

accuse of a wrong or an inadequacy
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avenge
1 use
In the story, she wants to avenge the murder of her brother.
avenge = take revenge for
DefinitionGenerally avenge means:
take revenge for a perceived wrong
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Bacchus
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Dionysus is the Greek counterpart to the better known Roman Bacchus.
Bacchus = Roman mythology:  god of wine
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beseech
1 use
She teaches and beseeches her students to think about their future.
beseeches = asks strongly or begs
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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calamity
2 uses
The whole country was affected by the calamity of 9/11.
calamity = disastrous event
DefinitionGenerally calamity means:
a disastrous event; or the distress resulting from it
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deemed
2 uses
The producer deemed her too old to play the role.
deemed = believed or judged
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delude
2 uses
She is a sincere but deluded idealist.
deluded = with a false belief
DefinitionGenerally delude means:
to convince someone of a false belief
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Dionysus
2 uses
Dionysus is the Greek counterpart to the better known Roman Bacchus.
Dionysus = Greek mythology:  god of wine and fertility and drama
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external
1 use
External trade makes up almost half of the country's economy.
external = outside (in this case, trade with people and companies in other countries)
DefinitionGenerally external means:
outside

(see word notes for more detailed definitions based on context)
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forsake
2 uses
The country must forsake terrorism as a political instrument.
forsake = abandon or give up
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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guise
2 uses
Under the guise of friendship he betrayed them.
guise = deceptive outward appearance
DefinitionGenerally guise means:
a deceptive outward appearance

or more rarely:

any outward appearance — especially one that is new or clever
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infamy
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a date which will live in infamy
infamy = famous for something that is bad; or an extremely bad event
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insipid
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I don't care for the author. I think her novels are insipid.
insipid = dull (uninteresting and unimpactful)
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ire
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She has a way of arousing his ire.
ire = anger
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pious
2 uses
The cartoon with a drawing of Muhammad outraged many pious Muslims.
pious = highly religious
DefinitionGenerally pious means:
behaving in a highly moral or religious manner

or less commonly:  behaving highly moral in a self-righteous or holier-than-thou manner
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portent
1 use
believes the Golden Globe Awards are portents of the upcoming Academy Awards
portents = signs of things about to happen
DefinitionGenerally portent means:
a sign of something about to happen
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rhetoric
1 use
She uses convincing rhetoric, but makes bad decisions.
rhetoric = the use of words to make a point
DefinitionGenerally rhetoric means:
the use of words to make a point

or more rarely:

study of the technique and rules for using language effectively (especially to persuade)
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vengeance
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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.)
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vex
2 uses
It is a vexing problem.
vexing = annoying
DefinitionGenerally vex means:
to annoy or disturb
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