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abundant
2 uses
5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.†
abundance = large amount or quantity
DefinitionGenerally abundant means:
present in great quantity
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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accord
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
...and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. (1:6)
according to = in keeping with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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Book3 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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acquaint
1 use
2:3 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.†
acquainting = familiarizing with
DefinitionGenerally acquaint means:
to cause to know; or to cause to be familiar with
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1st useChapter 2
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admonish
2 uses
4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.†
admonished = expressed disapproval; or warned or advised
DefinitionGenerally admonish means:
to express disapproval to someone of their actions; or to warn or advise someone
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useChapter 4
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besiege
1 use
9:13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me: 9:14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it: 9:15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.†
besieged = surrounded and cut-off supplies; or overwhelmed
DefinitionGenerally besiege means:
to surround with armed forces, and cut-off supplies or attack

or:

to make an overwhelming number of requests, complaints, or comments — typically in an annoying manner and sometimes while surrounding
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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contend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She contended for the gold medal
...neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. (16:10)
contend = compete
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contend means:
to compete
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1st useChapter 6
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it... (5:4)
defer = delay
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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discern
1 use
8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandment shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man's heart discerneth both time and judgment.†
discerneth = notices things that are not obvious

(Editor's note:  Today, the suffix "-eth" is replaced by "-s", so that where they said "She discerneth" in older English, today we say "She discerns.")
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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1st useChapter 8
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heed
2 uses
7:21 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee: 7:22 For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.†
heed = pay close attention to; or do what is suggested
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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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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inquire
1 use
7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.†
enquire = ask about or look into

(editor's note:  This is the more common British spelling. Americans use inquire more commonly.)
DefinitionGenerally inquire means:
to ask about or look into something
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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moreover
4 uses
3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 3
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nevertheless
1 use
9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.†
nevertheless = in spite of that (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally nevertheless means:
in spite of that (Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 9
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oppress
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
oppressive government
So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun...
oppressions = harsh and unfair domination

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in discussions from discuss, explosions from explode, and revisions from revise.)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of oppress means:
to dominate harshly and unfairly; or to make suffer
The meaning of oppress depends upon its context. For example:
  • "The authorities oppress political activists," or "The new nation oppressed Native Americans." — to dominate harshly and unfairly
  • "She is oppressed by excessive debt." - made to suffer
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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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perish
3 uses
5:14 But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand.†
perish = die, be destroyed, or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 9
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perversion
1 use
5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they.†
perverting = the conversion of something so it is not what it should be — especially a sexual practice considered unacceptable by society
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1st useChapter 5
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prosper
1 use
11:6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.†
prosper = do well
DefinitionGenerally prosper means:
to do well or to grow stronger
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1st useChapter 11
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rebuke
1 use
7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.†
rebuke = criticize severely; or such criticism
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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refrain
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
refrain from laughing
...a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; (3:5)
refrain = avoid or resist
DefinitionGenerally this sense of refrain means:
avoid or resist doing something
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1st useChapter 3
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righteous
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a righteous cause
3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.†
righteousness = morally correct behavior
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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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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wrath
1 use
5:17 All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.†
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 5
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