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Dante's Inferno (translanted by H.F. Cary)

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allude
17 uses
The same superstition is alluded to in the Paradise, Canto II.
alluded = indirectly referenced
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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Book17 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useCanto 1.N
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avarice
4 uses
Your avarice O'ercasts the world with mourning, under foot Treading the good, and raising bad men up.
avarice = excessive desire for wealth
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.12-22
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bard
16 uses
This is that Homer, of all bards supreme:
bards = someone who composes and recites or sings poems about important events and people; or (as a proper noun) Shakespeare
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Book16 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.1-11
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benevolent
1 use
This said, departs the sire benevolent, And quits me.
benevolent = kind, generous, or charitable
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useCanto 1.1-11
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chasm
14 uses
On our right hand new misery I saw, New pains, new executioners of wrath, That swarming peopled the first chasm.
chasm = a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface
DefinitionGenerally chasm means:
a large and deep and steep-sided opening on the earth's surface; or (more rarely) any large gap

or:

a very large difference — often of opinion
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Book14 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.1-11
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
jarring discord hath assail'd it
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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1st useCanto 1.1-11
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disdain
5 uses
then in disdainful mood Address'd me: "Say, what ancestors were thine?"
disdainful = full of disrespect
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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Book5 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useCanto 1.1-11
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doleful
1 use
our doleful prison
doleful = full of sadness or causing sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.23-22
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dwell   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It dwells in the forest.
I come To take you to the other shore across, Into eternal darkness, there to dwell In fierce heat and in ice.
dwell = live or make one's home (in a geographic place)
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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Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useCanto 1.1-11
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2  —1 use as in:
a modest dwelling
A cavern was his dwelling,
dwelling = a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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1st useCanto 1.12-22
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engender
2 uses
...seed that did engender them and give them birth.
engender = cause (to exist)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.12-22
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forthwith
18 uses
Forthwith I understood for certain...
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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Book18 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.1-11
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guile
4 uses
...the wealth, for which thou fearedst not in guile to take...
guile = cunning and deceit
DefinitionGenerally guile means:
cunning (shrewdness and cleverness) and deceitful
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Book4 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.12-22
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heresy
3 uses
heretical doctrines
heretical = counter to popular belief of what is proper
DefinitionGenerally heresy means:
opinions or actions most people consider immoral
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Book3 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.N
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lament
12 uses
what doth aggrieve them thus, That they lament so loud?
lament = express grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
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Book12 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useCanto 1.1-11
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penitent
3 uses
...the Count first with loud cries declared his penitence,
penitence = sorrow for having done wrong
DefinitionGenerally penitent means:
feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.1-11
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prodigal
2 uses
Lano, a Siennese, who, being reduced by prodigality to a state of extreme want,
prodigality = reckless, extravagant spending
DefinitionGenerally prodigal means:
recklessly wasteful

or more rarely:

abundant (extravagant in amount)

or more rarely still:

long absent (someone who has been away a long time)
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.N
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sage
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
sage advice
...where are assembled many emperors, kings, and sages.
sages = people known for being wise
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sage means:
profound wisdom; or one known for being wise
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.N
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stagnate
2 uses
In the heat of autumn it was formerly rendered unwholesome by the stagnation of the water, but has since been drained by the Emperor Leopold II.
stagnation = lack of movement

(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 stagnate means:
staying still or not developing
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.N
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zeal
3 uses
I felt redoubled zeal to serve thee.
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.1-11
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