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The Divine Comedy - Alighieri translated by Longfellow

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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 18 uses
1  —12 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
Paradise is organized on the basis of three types of Divine Love, and further subdivided according to the three theological and four cardinal virtues.
according to = based upon
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
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.12-22
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2  —6 uses as in:
done of her own accord
We came to where those souls with one accord
Cried out unto us: "Here is what you ask."
one accord = one mind
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
Word Statistics
Book6 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 2.1-11
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countenance
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a pleasant countenance
The rays of the four consecrated stars
Did so adorn his countenance with light,
That him I saw as were the sun before him.
countenance = face
DefinitionGenerally this sense of countenance means:
facial expression; or face; or composure or manner
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 2.1-11
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depravity
5 uses
Woe unto you, ye souls depraved!
depraved = completely immoral or evil
DefinitionGenerally depravity means:
complete immorality or evilness
Word Statistics
Book5 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.1-11
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digress
2 uses
  But since we have digressed abundantly,
  Turn back thine eyes forthwith to the right path,
  So that the way be shortened with the time.
digressed = a wandering from a direct or straight course
DefinitionGenerally digress means:
wander from a direct or straight course — typically verbally
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 2.1-11
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discern
27 uses
One gazes long and little is discerned,
discerned = understood or seen
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
Word Statistics
Book27 uses
Library6 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
If to be more exalted we aspired,
  discordant would our aspirations be
  Unto the will of Him who here secludes us;
discordant = in 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
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useCanto 3.1-11
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disdain
30 uses
...and he made sign
That I should quiet stand, and bow before him.
Ah! how disdainful he appeared to me!
disdainful = full of disrespect (in this case, "as though he was so superior to me")
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
Word Statistics
Book30 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useCanto 2.12-22
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diverse
28 uses
Languages diverse, horrible dialects,
diverse = varied (having variety with differences)
DefinitionGenerally diverse means:
varied (having variety amongst things of the same kind) — especially with regard to ideas or members of a population group
Word Statistics
Book28 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useCanto 3.1-11
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doleful
10 uses
But tell me who thou art, that in so doleful
A place art put, and...
doleful = causing sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.1-11
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engender
4 uses
The new inhabitants and the sudden gains,
Pride and extravagance have in thee engendered,
engendered = caused (to arise or form)
DefinitionGenerally engender means:
cause — usually a feeling (possibly a situation)
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Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.1-11
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inferno
41 uses
...corrupt popes figure prominently among the damned in the Poet's Inferno.
inferno = hell (a place where some religions believe sinners suffer never-ending punishment after they die)
DefinitionGenerally inferno means:
a very intense and uncontrolled fire

or:

a place that is hell-like (terribly hot or full of suffering)
Word Statistics
Book41 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.1-11
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lament
44 uses
Here they lament their pitiless mischiefs
lament = expresses grief or regret
DefinitionGenerally lament means:
to express grief or regret
Word Statistics
Book44 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useCanto 1.1-11
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manifest
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
manifest destiny
Here thy nobility shall be manifest!
manifest = made obvious or shown
DefinitionGenerally this sense of manifest means:
obvious; or to make obvious; or to show or demonstrate
Word Statistics
Book3 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 2.12-22
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mortal
14 uses
1  —14 uses as in:
mortal body
The flesh of mortals is so very soft,
mortals = humans (especially merely humans)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
Word Statistics
Book14 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 2.1-11
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penitent
10 uses
That which before had pleased me then displeased me; And penitent and confessing I surrendered, Ah woe is me!
penitent = feeling or expressing sorrow for having done wrong; or a person who does such
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 2.12-22
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perceive
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
though blind, can perceive light
Already my slow steps had carried me
Into the ancient wood so far, that I
Could not perceive where I had entered it.
perceive = see
DefinitionGenerally this sense of perceive means:
to become aware of — especially by using the senses (to see, hear, smell, feel, or taste)
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useCanto 2.23-33
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perfidy
1 use
...the punishment of their perfidies.
perfidies = acts of deliberate betrayal
DefinitionGenerally perfidy means:
an act of deliberate betrayal; or such behavior
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 3.12-22
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redundant
1 use
Took from the laws the useless and redundant;
redundant = more than is needed — especially repeating ideas
DefinitionGenerally redundant means:
more than is needed — often something that is unnecessarily repeated

or in technical usage:  a secondary component designed to work if the primary component fails; or of such a system
Word Statistics
Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useCanto 3.1-11
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sagacious
2 uses
Whereat mine escort, faithful and sagacious
Drew near to me and offered me his shoulder.
sagacious = wise
DefinitionGenerally sagacious means:
wise — especially through long experience and thoughtfulness
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1.1-11
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