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The Divine Comedy - Volume 2 (Purgatory)

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accord   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 25 uses
1  —24 uses as in:
according to, or in accord with
According to the geography of the time Asia and Africa lay north of the equator, so that even to their inhabitants these stars were invisible.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
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
Book24 uses
Library53 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1-11
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2  —1 use as in:
done of her own accord
"When he was living most renowned," said he, "laying aside all shame, of his own accord he planted himself in the Campo of Siena,[9] and there, to draw his friend from the punishment he was enduring in the prison of Charles, brought himself to tremble in every vein.†
own accord = own mind — voluntarily (without anyone asking)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
mind
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Book1 use
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1-11
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avarice
18 uses
Fifth Ledge: the Avaricious.†
avaricious = having or showing excessive desire for wealth
DefinitionGenerally avarice means:
excessive desire for wealth
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Book18 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useT.O.
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bequeath
1 use
Those who in reasoning went to the foundation took note of this innate liberty, wherefore they bequeathed morals to the world.
bequeathed = handed down
DefinitionGenerally bequeath means:
give or pass down — often upon death in a will
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Book1 use
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 12-22
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cleave
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
cleave through
We were ascending through a cloven rock, which moved on one side and on the other, even as the wave retreats and approaches.†
cloven = split (or divided in two)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1-11
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contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrary to
The soul wills at first indeed, but the inclination,—which, contrary to the will, Divine Justice sets to the torment, as erst to the sin,—allows it not.†
contrary to = in opposition to
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 12-22
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2  —1 use as in:
on the contrary
Buti, on the contrary, says, "tortura cioe tormento."†
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 23-33
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3  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
Thou warmest the world, thou shinest upon it; if other reason prompt not to the contrary, thy rays ought ever to be guides.†
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 12-22
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred to her wishes
More spirits who had deferred repentance till they were overtaken by a violent death.
deferred = postponed
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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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useT.O.
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descend
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
descend from royalty
I was called Corrado Malaspina; I am not the ancient, but from him I am descended;†
descended = come (as though genetically)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of descend means:
figuratively, to have come down a path from the past; i.e., to originate or come from — such as in reference to ancestors or evolutionary origins
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1-11
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discern
11 uses
The dawn was vanquishing the matin hour which fled before it, so that from afar I discerned the trembling of the sea.†
discerned = noticed something that is not obvious
DefinitionGenerally discern means:
to notice or understand something — often something that is not obvious
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Book11 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1-11
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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discord amongst the group
in YES and NO discordant
discordant = conflict (or argument)
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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Library1 use in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useCanto 1-11
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doctrine
10 uses
[7] This seems to be a doctrine peculiar to Dante.†
doctrine = a belief (or system of beliefs or principles) accepted as authoritative by some group
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useCanto 1-11
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mortal
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
mortal body
That pleasant apple which through so many branches the care of mortals goes seeking, to-day shall put in peace thy hungerings.†
mortals = humans (especially merely humans) or people subject to death
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 12-22
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mystic
10 uses
Mystic Procession or Triumph of the Church.†
mystic = relating to realities that are outside of scientific understanding and normal experience; or one who attempts to tune into such realities
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Book10 uses
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 12-22
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precede
10 uses
[2] The neglect of Italy by the Emperor Rudolph (see the preceding Canto) was not to be repaired by the vain efforts of Henry VII.†
preceding = prior (in time or space)
DefinitionGenerally precede means:
to go or do before
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useCanto 1-11
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purge
11 uses
I have shown to him all the guilty people; and now I intend to show him those spirits that purge themselves under thy ward.†
purge = get rid of
DefinitionGenerally purge means:
get rid of things thought undesirable
The exact meaning of purge can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "purge the government of our enemies" — get rid of people for political reasons
  • "purge my closet of everything I haven't worn in a year" — get rid of undesired things
  • "To purge yourself of crippling sorrow, you'll need to express it." — get rid of unwanted feelings
  • "I'm doing a 24-hour purge and then starting a new diet." — emptying the intestinal tract
Word Statistics
Book11 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 1-11
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repentance
22 uses
—The negligent, who postponed repentance to the last hour—Belacqua.†
repentance = to feel regret for having done wrong and to desire to be a better person in the future
DefinitionGenerally repentance means:
the feeling or expression of regret for having done something wrong with a firm decision to be a better person in the future
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Book22 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useT.O.
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sloth
5 uses
1  —5 uses as in:
mental sloth
Fourth Ledge: the Slothful.†
slothful = lazy
DefinitionGenerally this sense of sloth means:
laziness (an unwillingness to work or exert oneself)
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Book5 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useT.O.
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typify
4 uses
The souls in the Ante-Purgatory typify those who have entered on the way towards justification, but have not yet attained it.†
typify = to be a typical example of; or to represent or be characteristic of
Word Statistics
Book4 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useCanto 23-33
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