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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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deemed
4 uses
But you who are strong and swift, see that you do not limp before the lame, deeming it kindness.
deeming = believing
DefinitionGenerally deemed means:
believed or judged
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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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:
strong regret or disapproval
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despot
1 use
And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.
despot = a ruler with absolute power — especially one who abuses that power
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
...turn the discord and the rivalry of your elements into oneness and melody.
discord = conflict
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
conflict or disagreement — especially among those expected to cooperate

or (especially in the form "discordant"):

seeming different  or wrong along with everything else
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diversion
1 use
And when you can no longer dwell in the solitude of your heart you live in your lips, and sound is a diversion and a pastime.
diversion = a distraction from something more important; or an amusement
DefinitionGenerally diversion means:
a distraction from something more important

or:

an amusement as a distraction from serious or tedious concerns
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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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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ecstasy
4 uses
And to both, bee and flower, the giving and the receiving of pleasure is a need and an ecstasy.
ecstasy = a state of intense happiness
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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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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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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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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
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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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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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righteousness
3 uses
The righteous is not innocent of the deeds of the wicked,
righteous = someone behaving in a morally correct manner
DefinitionGenerally righteousness means:
morally correct
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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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 = calm and untroubled
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Library12 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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twilight
4 uses
Only then shall you know that the erect and the fallen are but one man standing in twilight between the night of his pigmy-self and the day of his god self,
twilight = the time of day between daylight and darkness (in this case, just before sunrise, but in other usage, it could refer to just after sunset)
DefinitionGenerally twilight means:
the time of day between daylight and darkness (just after sunset or just before sunrise); or the light from the sky at that time

or:

a condition of decline following successes
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Book4 uses
Library13 uses in 10 avg bks
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yoke
4 uses
I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.
yoke = oppressive burden
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yoke means:
an oppressive burden
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Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
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