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afflict
35 uses
34:19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.†
afflictions = things that cause suffering

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tions", 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 actions, illustrations, and observations.)
DefinitionGenerally afflict means:
cause suffering — such as illness, pain, or unhappiness
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Book35 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-40
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cleave
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
cleave to
78:15 He clave the rocks in the wilderness, and gave them drink as out of the great depths.†
clave = held firmly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to hold firmly to something — such as an object, a person or idea
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 71-80
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confound
10 uses
22:5 They cried unto thee, and were delivered: they trusted in thee, and were not confounded.†
confounded = confused or frustrated
DefinitionGenerally confound means:
to confuse, prove wrong, frustrate, or express frustration
in various senses, including:
confuse or surprise — sometimes specifically to confuse one thing with another
  • "confounded by the puzzle" — confused or perplexed
  • "Test results confounded the experts." — surprised and confused
  • "Do not confound confidence with correctness." — mistake one thing for another
prove wrong, defeat, or frustrate
  • "The test results confounded my theory." — proved wrong
  • "Their defense confounded our offense." — defeated or frustrated
make worse
  • "She confounded the problem by painting without sanding." — made worse
  • "The task is complicated by other confounding factors." — making worse
an exclamation expressing anger or frustration
  • "Confound it! Will I ever get this thing to work?"
  • "I don't understand the confounded directions!"
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Book10 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21-30
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contempt
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
feels contempt towards her
Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt. (123:3)
contempt = disrespect
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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Book2 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-40
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desolate
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
desolated the region
74:3 Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary.†
desolations = destroyed; or emptied of people; or emptied of most plants and animals
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 41-50
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dominion
8 uses
19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.†
dominion = dominance or power over others; or a region so dominated
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 1-10
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dwell
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
87:2 The LORD loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.†
dwellings = houses or shelters in which people live
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 51-60
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establish
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
establish a positive tone
Let not an evil speaker be established in the earth: evil shall hunt the violent man to overthrow him.†
established = settled
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library25 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 71-80
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forsake
18 uses
9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, LORD, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.†
forsaken = abandoned or given 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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Book18 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-10
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guile
3 uses
32:2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.†
guile = cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 31-40
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nevertheless
7 uses
31:22 For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.†
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.)
Word Statistics
Book7 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useChapter 31-40
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perish
21 uses
9:6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.†
perished = died, was destroyed, or ceased to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 1-10
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persecution
17 uses
10:2 The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor: let them be taken in the devices that they have imagined.†
persecute = treat very badly and unfairly
DefinitionGenerally persecution means:
very bad and unfair treatment of others — usually because of race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or political beliefs
Word Statistics
Book17 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 101-110
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precept
21 uses
119:4 Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently.†
precepts = rules for behavior
DefinitionGenerally precept means:
a rule for behavior — especially a shared moral doctrine
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 111-120
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rebuke
11 uses
9:5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked, thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.†
rebuked = criticized severely
DefinitionGenerally rebuke means:
criticize severely; or such criticism
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-10
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refuge
18 uses
9:9 The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble.†
refuge = something giving protection — especially a safe place
Word Statistics
Book18 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-10
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reproach
33 uses
15:3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.†
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
Word Statistics
Book33 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 51-60
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righteous
75 uses
1  —75 uses as in:
a righteous cause
4:1 Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.†
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-")
Word Statistics
Book75 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1-10
Web Links
testimony
32 uses
25:10 All the paths of the LORD are mercy and truth unto such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.†
testimonies = evidence — especially statements in a trial
DefinitionGenerally testimony means:
something that serves as evidence — especially a statement at a trial or hearing
Word Statistics
Book32 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 21-30
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wrath
29 uses
2:5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.†
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book29 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 61-70
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