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accord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
according to, or in accord with
You would adjust your conduct and even direct the course of your spirit according to hours and seasons.
according to = depending upon (in keeping with)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
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aggrieve
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And how prosecute you him who in action is a deceiver and an oppressor, Yet who also is aggrieved and outraged?
aggrieved = feeling harmed by unfair treatment
DefinitionGenerally aggrieve means:
feeling harmed by unfair treatment; or (more rarely) harming someone unfairly
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bountiful
1 use
To such men you should say: "Come with us to the field, or go with our brothers to the sea and cast your net; For the land and the sea shall be bountiful to you even as to us."†
bountiful = given in abundance (a large amount); or an abundant (large) amount
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cease
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And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
cease = stop or discontinue
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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descend
5 uses
Then he descended the steps of the Temple
descended = moved downward on
DefinitionGenerally descend means:
move or slope downward

or:

come from a higher or prior level in a hierarchy — as a person from an ancestor

or:

come or arrive — especially from above — such as night or darkness
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distill
1 use
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine.
distills = extracts

(editor's note:  the two instances of grudge in this sentence are synonyms for resent and resentment respectively.)
DefinitionGenerally distill means:
to purify, concentrate, or separate a liquid (such as whisky) by boiling it and condensing its vapors

or:

to extract essential ideas
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endure
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
And that fear shall endure a little longer.
endure = continue to exist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
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entreat
1 use
And others came also and entreated him.
entreated = asked or attempted to persuade
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask or attempt to persuade — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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entwined
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And if any of you would punish in the name of righteousness and lay the axe unto the evil tree, let him see to its roots; And verily he will find the roots of the good and the bad, the fruitful and the fruitless, all entwined together in the silent heart of the earth.†
entwined = interconnected (not easily separated) or twisted together
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exalt
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Therefore let your soul exalt your reason to the height of passion, that it may sing; And let it direct your passion with reason, that...
exalt = fill with sublime emotion
DefinitionGenerally exalt means:
elevate with praise, glorify, or honor

or:

fill with sublime emotion
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frankincense
1 use
For they too are gatherers of fruit and frankincense, and that which they bring, though fashioned of dreams, is raiment and food for your soul.†
frankincense = an aromatic gum resin obtained from various Arabian or East African trees; formerly valued for worship and for embalming and fumigation
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heed
1 use
It is a flame spirit in you ever gathering more of itself, While you, heedless of its expansion, bewail the withering of your days.
heedless = ignorant (not paying attention to)
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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indifferent
1 use
For if you bake bread with indifference, you bake a bitter bread that feeds but half man's hunger.
indifference = without concern
DefinitionGenerally indifferent means:
without interest — in various senses such as:
  • unconcerned
  • unsympathetic
  • impartial
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context)
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parched
1 use
Surely there is no greater gift to a man than that which turns all his aims into parching lips and all life into a fountain.
parching = drying out (or making thirsty)
DefinitionGenerally parched means:
dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight; or very thirsty
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prudent
1 use
And to-morrow, what shall to-morrow bring to the over-prudent dog burying bones in the trackless sand as he follows the pilgrims to the holy city?
prudent = sensible and careful
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repose
1 use
And like the seasons you are also, And though in your winter you deny your spring, Yet spring, reposing within you, smiles in her drowsiness and is not offended.
reposing = resting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of repose means:
to rest or lie
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repugnant
1 use
Verily all things move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.†
repugnant = disgusting
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tenacious
1 use
We are the seeds of the tenacious plant, and it is in our ripeness and our fullness of heart that we are given to the wind and are scattered.
tenacious = determined and persistent
DefinitionGenerally tenacious means:
persistent and unyielding
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tranquil
1 use
Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity:
tranquillity = peace and quiet
DefinitionGenerally tranquil means:
calm and undisturbed
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wither
1 use
It is a flame spirit in you ever gathering more of itself, While you, heedless of its expansion, bewail the withering of your days.
withering = shriveling (becoming smaller)
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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