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Paradise Lost

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abstruse
2 uses
studious thoughts abstruse
abstruse = difficult to understand
DefinitionGenerally abstruse means:
difficult to understand; or not known by the great majority of people
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apathy
1 use
Of good and evil much they argued then,
Of happiness and final misery,
Passion and apathy, and glory and shame:
apathy = lack of interest and enthusiasm
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assiduous
1 use
...And, if by prayer
Incessant I could hope to change the will
Of Him who all things can, I would not cease
To weary him with my assiduous cries:
assiduous = diligent (showing care and persistent effort)
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benevolent
1 use
And Raphael now, to Adam's doubt proposed,
Benevolent and facile thus replied.
benevolent = kind

(editor's note: In this context, facile means "easy to talk with".)
DefinitionGenerally benevolent means:
kind, generous, or charitable
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contrite
4 uses
He sorrows now, repents, and prays contrite,
contrite = feeling sorrow or regret for a fault or offense
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credulous
1 use
So glistered the dire Snake, and into fraud
Led Eve, our credulous mother, to the tree
Of prohibition, root of all our woe
credulous = gullible (being too willing to believe)
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deter
2 uses
Deterred not from achieving what might lead
To happier life, knowledge of good and evil;
deterred = prevented
DefinitionGenerally deter means:
try to prevent; or prevent
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disparage
1 use
Ahaz, his sottish conqueror, whom he drew
God's altar to disparage and displace
disparage = criticizing or making seem less important
DefinitionGenerally disparage means:
to criticize or make seem less important — especially in a disrespectful or contemptuous manner
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dissent
3 uses
Hadst thou been firm and fixed in thy dissent,
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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extol
6 uses
But thou hast promised from us two a race
To fill the earth, who shall with us extol
Thy goodness infinite, both...
extol = praise, glorify, or honor
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fallacious
2 uses
Yet, with a pleasing sorcery, could charm
Pain for a while or anguish, and excite
Fallacious hope, or...
fallacious = mistaken (based on incorrect belief)
DefinitionGenerally fallacious means:
not correct
  • typically describing something as mistaken due to incorrect information or belief
  • sometimes describing something as an intentional lie
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interpose
9 uses
From hence no cloud, or, to obstruct his sight, Star interposed, however small he sees, Not unconformed to other shining globes, Earth, and the garden of God, with cedars crowned Above all hills.†
interposed = to insert between other elements; or to interrupt or stop action by others
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parsimonious
1 use
...First crept
The parsimonious emmet, provident
Of future;
parsimonious = extreme reluctance to use resources (though not in this case, usually it is a question of using money)

(editor's notes:  Emmet is an archaic word for "ant". Provident means "careful to provide for the future".)
DefinitionGenerally parsimonious means:
extreme reluctance to spend money or use resources
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proportional
1 use
Not God Omnipotent, nor Fate; yet so Perhaps thou shalt not die, perhaps the fact Is not so heinous now, foretasted fruit, Profaned first by the serpent, by him first Made common, and unhallowed, ere our taste; Nor yet on him found deadly; yet he lives; Lives, as thou saidst, and gains to live, as Man, Higher degree of life; inducement strong To us, as likely tasting to attain Proportional ascent; which cannot be But to be Gods, or Angels, demi-Gods.†
proportional = appropriate or related in size, amount, or degree
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prudent
3 uses
so steers the prudent crane
prudent = sensible and careful
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refute
1 use
But self-destruction therefore sought, refutes
That excellence thought in thee; and implies,
refutes = argues against
DefinitionGenerally refute means:
to disprove or argue against
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revere
13 uses
Towards him they bend
With awful reverence prone, and as a God
Extol him equal to the Highest in Heaven.
reverence = feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
DefinitionGenerally revere means:
regard with feelings of deep respect and admiration — sometimes with a mixture of wonder and awe or fear
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scorn
25 uses
To gratify my scornful enemies,
scornful = disrespectful
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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speculate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
don't know, but I'll speculate
  Let us descend now therefore from this top
  Of speculation;
speculation = thought

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of speculate means:
to think about, wonder, guess or theorize with much uncertainty
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transitory
1 use
Of all things transitory and vain,
transitory = lasting a short time
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