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The Prophet

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abundant
3 uses
It is in exchanging the gifts of the earth that you shall find abundance and be satisfied.
abundance = a large quantity (of good things)
DefinitionGenerally abundant means:
present in great quantity
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appease
1 use
Descend and appease your hunger with our bread and quench your thirst with our wine.
appease = satisfy or calm
DefinitionGenerally appease means:
satisfy or pacify (make less angry or upset) — typically by giving something wanted
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chastise
1 use
But regret is the beclouding of the mind and not its chastisement.
chastisement = scolding (punishing)
DefinitionGenerally chastise means:
to scold or criticize
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deplore
1 use
Yet you shall not deplore having known blindness, nor regret having been deaf.
deplore = strongly regret
DefinitionGenerally deplore means:
strongly dislike or regret
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend the mountain
Then he descended the steps of the Temple
descended = moved downward on
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
move or slope downward
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distill
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
distill the whisky
And if you grudge the crushing of the grapes, your grudge distills a poison in the wine.
distills = concentrates

(editor's note:  the two instances of grudge in this sentence are synonyms for resent and resentment respectively.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of distill means:
to make a more pure or concentrated liquid by boiling it and condensing its vapors (as is done when making whisky or some petroleum products)
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dwell
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
...why dwell you among the summits where eagles build their nests?
dwell = live (make your home)
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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encompass
2 uses
And yet who does not feel that very love, though boundless, encompassed within the centre of his being,
encompassed = contained (surrounded)
DefinitionGenerally encompass means:
include in scope; or surround
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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 earnestly
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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exalt
1 use
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:
praise, glorify, or honor

or:

fill with extreme happiness
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fetter
3 uses
And thus your freedom when ... becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom.
fetter = restraining shackles
DefinitionGenerally fetter means:
to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
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heed
2 uses
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)

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-less" in heedless means without. This is the same pattern you see in words like fearless, homeless, and endless.)
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, including:
  • unconcerned — as in "She is indifferent to what is served to eat."
  • unsympathetic — as in "She is indifferent to his needs."
  • not of good quality (which may imply average or poor quality depending upon context) — as in "an indifferent performance"
  • impartial — as in "We need a judge who is indifferent."
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infinite
3 uses
And the treasure of your infinite depths would be revealed to your eyes.
infinite = unlimited (immeasurable)
DefinitionGenerally infinite means:
unlimited; without boundaries; or too numerous to count
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rebuke
2 uses
I would not judge nor rebuke them.
rebuke = criticize
DefinitionGenerally rebuke means:
criticize severely; or such criticism
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remorse
3 uses
And how shall you punish those whose remorse is already greater than their misdeeds?
remorse = regret for doing something that was wrong
DefinitionGenerally remorse means:
a feeling of deep regret for doing something that was wrong
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righteous
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a righteous cause
The righteous is not innocent of the deeds of the wicked,
righteous = someone behaving in a morally correct manner
DefinitionGenerally this sense of righteous means:
morally correct; or morally justified

or:

acting or feeling morally superior — especially when it isn't true (this meaning is more typically seen as a compound word beginning with "self-")
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serene
2 uses
when you sit in the cool shade of the white poplars, sharing the peace and serenity of distant fields and meadows
serenity = untroubled calm
DefinitionGenerally serene means:
calm and untroubled
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Library11 uses in 10 avg bks
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sustain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sustained by her faith
Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant be sustained by the light.
sustained = supported
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sustain means:
provide support or necessities
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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