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abominable
21 uses
3:32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.†
abomination = something that is exceptionally bad or detestable

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", 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 action, education, and observation.)
DefinitionGenerally abominable means:
exceptionally bad or detestable
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Book21 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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appease
1 use
15:18 A wrathful man stirreth up strife: but he that is slow to anger appeaseth strife.†
appeaseth = satisfies or pacifies (makes less angry or upset)

(Editor's note:  Today, the suffix "-th" is replaced by "-s", so that where they said "She appeaseth" in older English, today we say "She appeases.")
DefinitionGenerally appease means:
satisfy or pacify (make less angry or upset) — typically by giving something wanted
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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calamity
6 uses
6:15 Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; suddenly shall he be broken without remedy.†
calamity = a disastrous event; or the distress resulting from it
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Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
...then cometh also contempt... (18:3)
contempt = disrespect and dislike
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
Hope deferred maketh the heart sick... (13:12)
deferred = postponed
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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despise
18 uses
1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.†
despise = dislike strongly and look down upon
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to dislike strongly and to look down upon with disrespect
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Book18 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne shall be established in righteousness.†
established = created and maintained
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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Book1 use
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 25
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forsake
11 uses
4:2 For I give you good doctrine, forsake ye not my law.†
forsake = abandon or give up on
DefinitionGenerally forsake means:
to abandon or give up on — such as someone who needs you, or an idea, or a place
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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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ignominious
1 use
18:3 When the wicked cometh, then cometh also contempt, and with ignominy reproach.†
ignominy = shame or disgrace
DefinitionGenerally ignominious means:
deserving or bringing disgrace or shame — typically in reference to behavior or character
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 18
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meddle
5 uses
20:3 It is an honour for a man to cease from strife: but every fool will be meddling.†
meddling = interfering (in another's affairs or business); or handling (something that shouldn't be handled)
DefinitionGenerally meddle means:
interfere (in another's affairs or business); or handle (something that shouldn't be handled)
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Book5 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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nevertheless
1 use
19:21 There are many devices in a man's heart; nevertheless the counsel of the LORD, that shall stand.†
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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Book1 use
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 19
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parable
2 uses
26:7 The legs of the lame are not equal: so is a parable in the mouth of fools.†
parable = a short story told to teach a moral lesson — especially those told by Jesus in the New Testament
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 26
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perish
9 uses
10:28 The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish.†
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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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 10
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ponder
5 uses
4:26 Ponder the path of thy feet, and let all thy ways be established.†
ponder = think deeply or carefully about
DefinitionGenerally ponder means:
to think deeply or carefully about something
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 4
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prudent
12 uses
27:12 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself; but the simple pass on, and are punished.†
prudent = sensible and careful
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 12
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rebuke
7 uses
9:8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.†
rebuke = criticize severely; or such criticism
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Book7 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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reproach
8 uses
6:33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.†
reproach = a criticism; or to express criticism
DefinitionGenerally reproach means:
a criticism; or to express criticism — especially where a relationship makes the disapproval result in disappointment or shame
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Book8 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 6
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righteous
22 uses
1  —22 uses as in:
a righteous cause
2:9 Then shalt thou understand righteousness, and judgment, and equity; yea, every good path.†
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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Book22 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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scorn
18 uses
9:7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.†
scorner = someone who rejects someone or something
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book18 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 29
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wrath
17 uses
11:4 Riches profit not in the day of wrath: but righteousness delivereth from death.†
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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