toggle menu
menu
vocabulary
1000+ books
Book Menu

Oedipus King of Thebes (translated by: Murray)

Top-Ranked Words with Typical Sample Sentences

instructions
abridge
1 use
The first commercially available audiobook was a 1981 abridged version of the Doctor Who story, State of Decay.
abridged = shortened
DefinitionGenerally abridge means:
reduce in scope while retaining essential elements — especially to a book
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePlay
Web Links
afflict
4 uses
She is afflicted by diabetes.
afflicted = made to suffer
DefinitionGenerally afflict means:
cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePlay
Web Links
anguish
4 uses
I felt unbearable anguish when my 4-year-old child died from brain cancer.
anguish = extreme pain
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePlay
Web Links
askance
1 use
He looked askance at the offer.
askance = with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion
DefinitionGenerally askance means:
with disapproval, distrust, or suspicion

or:

directed to one side — especially a sideways glance
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePlay
Web Links
assuage
1 use
The panel will have an equal number of Democrats and Republicans to help assuage concern that it could be used for political ends.
assuage = soothe
DefinitionGenerally assuage means:
to soothe (make something less unpleasant or frightening)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st usePlay
Web Links
banish
7 uses
He was banished from his own country.
banished = forced to leave
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
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePlay
Web Links
blasphemy
1 use
The government of the Muslim nation monitors major websites for blasphemy.
blasphemy = disrespect of something considered sacred
DefinitionGenerally blasphemy means:
something said or done that is disrespectful of something considered sacred — especially God or religion
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePlay
Web Links
contemporary
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
they are contemporaries
Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo were contemporary artists who competed for some projects.
contemporary = lived at the same time
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contemporary means:
living at the same time

or:

something occurring in the same period of time as something else
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st usePref.
Web Links
exile
4 uses
She fled Tibet and is living in exile in India.
exile = having to live outside one's home country
DefinitionGenerally exile means:
to force someone to live outside of their homeland; or living in such a condition

or more rarely:  voluntary absence from a place someone would rather be
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePlay
Web Links
fluctuate
1 use
"I'm not overweight. I fluctuate between chubby and curvy."
fluctuate = alternately increase and decrease in quantity
DefinitionGenerally fluctuate means:
to alternately increase and decrease in quantity
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePref.
Web Links
however
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
However, complications may...
Most college application deadlines are in January and February. However, early admission deadlines are around November and some scholarships require even earlier deadlines.
however = despite that (a transition word use to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of however means:
though (or another expression that connects contrasting ideas)

(Based on idea 1 we might not expect idea 2, but this is a way of saying that even though idea 1 exists, we still have idea 2.  Synonyms include in spite of that, , nevertheless, nonetheless, on the other hand, in contrastand but.)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library61 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st usePlay
Web Links
malicious
1 use
I am not interested in hearing malicious gossip.
malicious = evil; or made with the intent to make others suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePlay
Web Links
mortal
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
mortal body
Don't expect perfection of a mere mortal.
mortal = human
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePlay
Web Links
perish
1 use
...government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth.
Abraham Lincoln  --  Gettysburg Address
perish = be destroyed or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePlay
Web Links
prophecy
7 uses
The prophecy came true.
prophecy = prediction of the future
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePlay
Web Links
scorn
7 uses
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
scorned = rejected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePlay
Web Links
subtle
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a subtle difference or thinker
She used subtle reasoning to expose the absurdity of his argument.
subtle = making use of slight distinctions
DefinitionGenerally this sense of subtle means:
not obvious, but understandable by someone with adequate sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps depending upon fine distinctions)

or:

capable of understanding things that require sensitivity and relevant knowledge (perhaps understanding fine distinctions)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st usePref.
Web Links
wrath
10 uses
She could hardly contain her wrath when she learned he had betrayed her.
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePlay
Web Links
wrest
1 use
The radical wing of the party is trying to wrest control from the moderates.
wrest = take (with effort)
DefinitionGenerally wrest means:
obtain with difficult effort or force
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st usePlay
Web Links
Zeus
10 uses
The ancient Olympic Games were held at Olympia in honor of Zeus.
Zeus = Greek mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st usePlay
Web Links
Go to Book Menu
Take Pre-Reading Quiz
SAT® is a registered trademark of the College Board, which is not affiliated with verbalworkout.com™, and does not endorse this site.