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The Iliad - translated by: Fitzgerald

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bronze
51 uses
1  —51 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
Then I shall be there to cross his bronze doorsill and take his knees.
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Book51 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Contempt is all he shows for a man twice his quality, by keeping Akhilleus' woman that he snatched away.
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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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daunt
4 uses
Gods take daunting shapes when they appear.
daunting = intimidating
DefinitionGenerally daunt means:
to discourage or intimidate
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Book4 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
He often does go easy and holds off, not out of laziness or lightness of mind but following my lead, deferring to me.
deferring = yielding (his judgment to another's)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
submit or yield (typically to another person's opinion because of respect for that person or their knowledge)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 10
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deference
4 uses
Moving from parapet to moat ... keeping clear, in deference to his mother, he halted and gave tongue.
deference = polite respect
DefinitionGenerally deference means:
polite respect — often when submitting to another's wishes
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 4
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deride
2 uses
And now he was derided by his sister, Lady Artemis, who had her stinging word:
derided = laughed at or made fun of—while showing a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally deride means:
to criticize with strong disrespect — often
with humor
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 21
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disdain
2 uses
Both are younger men than I, and in my time men who were even greater have I known and none of them disdained me.
disdained = disrespected (showing a lack of respect)
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 1
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dissent
2 uses
As the gods decide in council that Akhilleus should return Hektor's body, there is dissent:
dissent = disagreement
DefinitionGenerally dissent means:
to disagree; or disagreement or conflict — typically between people who cooperate, and often with official or majority beliefs
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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distend
1 use
Would he lift the pole and pilfer the king's chariot with his weapons, or take the life of still more Thracian men? His heart distended at the thought, when...
distended = swelled
DefinitionGenerally distend means:
to extend — especially the swelling outward of a part of the body; e.g., the stomach
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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doleful
1 use
...the old man armed for war to take his soldiers forward, undeterred by doleful age.
doleful = causing sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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duplicity
2 uses
Crookedness and duplicity, it is clear!
duplicity = deception — such as lying
DefinitionGenerally duplicity means:
deception (lying to or misleading others) — usually over an extended period
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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elated
5 uses
The Lord Marshal Agamemnon, elated at the sight, said to Idomeneus in the warmest tones:
elated = had a feeling of happiness and excitement
DefinitionGenerally elated means:
full of happiness and excitement
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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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expedient
2 uses
It is not possible and not expedient, either, to deny you, who go to lie in the great arms of Zeus.
expedient = speedy or practical
DefinitionGenerally expedient means:
a practical action — especially one that accepts negative tradeoffs due to circumstances

or:

convenient, speedy, or practical
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Book2 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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forbearance
2 uses
For fear of him the blissful gods forbore to manacle Zeus.
forbore = refrained (held back)
DefinitionGenerally forbearance means:
refraining (holding back) from acting

or:

patience, tolerance, or self-control
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 16
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guile
8 uses
Lykoorgos had killed him, but by guile and not by force at all:
guile = cunning intelligence and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book8 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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impetuous
6 uses
Silent under his polished helmet, Hektor, dazzling and impetuous, passed on to drive the Argives back with general slaughter,
impetuous = impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of impetuous means:
impulsive (acting suddenly without much thought) — often with an unfortunate consequence
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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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prodigious
5 uses
Father Zeus, you send mankind prodigious follies.
prodigious = enormous (far beyond what is usual in magnitude)
DefinitionGenerally prodigious means:
enormous; or far beyond what is usual in magnitude or degree
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Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 12
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prudent
4 uses
You must think hard and fast, your grace; there is new danger; we need care and prudence.
prudence = good sense and caution
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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Book4 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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repudiate
1 use
Akhilleus, who had repudiated every constraint of custom and convention,
repudiated = strongly rejected
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useIntr.
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Zeus
513 uses
Zeus meanwhile, from the utmost snowy height of ridged Olympos, gave command to Themis to call the gods together.
Zeus = the most supreme of the gods (Greek mythology)
DefinitionGenerally Zeus means:
Greek mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
Word Statistics
Book513 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useIntr.
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