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augment
6 uses
A long day's dying, to augment our pain;
augment = enlarge or increase
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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complacent
2 uses
I, by conversing, cannot these erect
From prone; nor in their ways complacence find.
complacence = pleasure (to be unworried and satisfied)
DefinitionGenerally complacent means:
contented (unworried and satisfied) — often to a fault
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1st useBook 3
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denounce
8 uses
Haste thee, and from the Paradise of God
Without remorse drive out the sinful pair;
From hallowed ground the unholy; and denounce
To them, and to their progeny, from thence
Perpetual banishment.
denounce = proclaim (something negative)

(editor's note:  This is an old sense of denounce that is unlikely to be used today. Today it would more likely mean "to strongly criticized or accused publicly".)
DefinitionGenerally denounce means:
to strongly criticize or accuse publicly

or more rarely:  to inform against someone (turn someone into the authorities)
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Book8 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 11
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depravity
5 uses
both mind and will depraved
depraved = immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
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deride
7 uses
Satan beheld their plight, And to his mates thus in derision called.
derision = critical disrespect — typically while laughing at or making fun of

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book7 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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discern
14 uses
Disguised he came; but those his children dear
Their parent soon discerned, though in disguise.
discerned = noticed something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book14 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 3
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
And Discord with a thousand various mouths.
discord = unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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disdain
12 uses
To final battle drew, disdaining flight,
disdaining = rejecting (as not good enough)
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useBook 4
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 5 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
There in captivity he lets them dwell
dwell = live there
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwell means:
make one's home in; or to live in; or to stay (in a place)
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1st useBook 12
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2  —4 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
To thee who hast thy dwelling here on Earth.
dwelling = home
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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guile
15 uses
To whom the guileful Tempter thus replied.
guileful = full of cunning (shrewdness and cleverness, and perhaps deceit)
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book15 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 9
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immutable
5 uses
...to observe
 Immutably his sovran will,
immutably = in a manner that is unchangeable

(editor's note:  sovran is an old spelling for sovereign — one with supreme power.)
DefinitionGenerally immutable means:
unchangeable
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1st useBook 3
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impetuous
5 uses
Winged with red lightning and impetuous rage,
impetuous = impulsive and rapid
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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mitigate
3 uses
that I may mitigate their doom
mitigate = make less harmful or unpleasant
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perfidy
2 uses
...and thy hapless crew involved In this perfidious fraud,
perfidious = not trustworthy (prone to intentional betrayal)
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
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1st useBook 1
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pious
6 uses
1  —6 uses as in:
a good, pious woman
piety to God†
piety = highly religious and moral behavior
DefinitionGenerally this sense of pious means:
religious or highly moral
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1st useBook 6
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sagacious
1 use
So scented the grim Feature, and upturned
His nostril wide into the murky air;
Sagacious of his quarry from so far.
sagacious = wise (aware)
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
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1st useBook 10
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servile
5 uses
From imposition of strict laws to free
Acceptance of large grace; from servile fear
To filial;
servile = excessively submissive — with no self-respect

(editor's notes:  In this context, grace means "mercy; or the unmerited love and favor of God"; filial refers to the kind of relationship children have with their parents.)
DefinitionGenerally servile means:
submissive — typically excessively so (so submissive or eager to serve and please that one seems to have no self-respect)

or:

relating to the work that requires obeying demeaning commands

or:

slave-like or relating to slaves
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1st useBook 4
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vacuous
2 uses
vacuous the space
vacuous = large and empty

(editor's note:  Today vacuous is more commonly used to indicate a "lack of intelligent thought".)
DefinitionGenerally vacuous means:
lacking intelligent thought
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1st useBook 2
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zeal
10 uses
whom none with more zeal adored
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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