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attain
3 uses
FAUST Yes, of the kind which men attain!†
attain = gain or reach something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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beguile
2 uses
So from its mother's breasts a child At first, reluctant, takes its food, But soon to seek them is beguiled.†
beguiled = deceived through charm or enchantment
DefinitionGenerally beguile means:
to charm, enchant, or entertain someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
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bequeath
3 uses
A good man does his honest share In exercising, with the strictest care, The art bequeathed to his possession!†
bequeathed = give or pass down
DefinitionGenerally bequeath means:
give or pass down — often upon death in a will
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capricious
2 uses
WAGNER I've had, myself, at times, some odd caprices, But never yet such impulse felt, as this is.†
caprices = instances of impulsiveness or unpredictability
DefinitionGenerally capricious means:
impulsive or unpredictable or tending to make sudden changes — especially impulsive behavior
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carouse
3 uses
THE ANIMALS Carousing, to-day!†
carousing = having fun with others in a noisy manner while drinking alcohol
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cleave
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
cleave through
THE OLD ONE I offer here my best salute Unto the knight with cloven foot!†
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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discord
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
discordant music
the discordant tones of all existence
discordant = not sounding right together (unpleasant sounding)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of discord means:
unpleasant sound — especially a combination of sounds that sound wrong together (though sometimes done intentionally in music)
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disdain
4 uses
SOLDIERS Castles, with lofty Ramparts and towers, Maidens disdainful In Beauty's array, Both shall be ours!†
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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dispute
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
She disputes his claim.
With words 'tis excellent disputing; Systems to words 'tis easy suiting; On words 'tis excellent believing; No word can ever lose a jot from thieving.†
disputing = challenging, arguing about, or fighting over
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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dissipate
5 uses
MEPHISTOPHELES What time takes she for dissipating?†
dissipating = gradually wasting; or gradually disappearing
DefinitionGenerally dissipate means:
to gradually disappear; or to gradually waste
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entreat
5 uses
And now, I do entreat this boon— Leave to withdraw from my intrusion.†
entreat = ask earnestly
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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fetter
6 uses
And yet, the struggle fails; since Light, howe'er it weaves, Still, fettered, unto bodies cleaves: It flows from bodies, bodies beautifies; By bodies is its course impeded; And so, but little time is needed, I hope, ere, as the bodies die, it dies!†
fettered = restrained or hindered
DefinitionGenerally fetter means:
to restrain or hinder

or more archaically:

a shackle for the ankles
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forsake
5 uses
THE WITCH (dancing) Reason and sense forsake my brain, Since I behold Squire Satan here again!†
forsake = abandon or give 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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haughty
5 uses
They're of a noble house, that's very clear: Haughty and discontented they appear.†
haughty = arrogant
DefinitionGenerally haughty means:
arrogant or condescending (acting superior or self-important)
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heed
7 uses
Take heed—look about!†
heed = pay close attention to; or do what is suggested
DefinitionGenerally heed means:
pay close attention to; or to do what is suggested — especially with regard to a warning or other advice
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omit
1 use
Let Fancy be with her attendants fitted,— Sense, Reason, Sentiment, and Passion join,— But have a care, lest Folly be omitted!†
omitted = to exclude or neglect something
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satiate
4 uses
If one comes bored, exhausted quite, Another, satiate, leaves the banquet's tapers, And, worst of all, full many a wight Is fresh from reading of the daily papers.†
satiate = to satisfy a hunger; or fill to satisfaction (typically said of hunger for food, but can be said of anything desired—such as of knowledge or sensual pleasure)
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scorn
4 uses
MEPHISTOPHELES A question small, it seems, For one whose mind the Word so much despises; Who, scorning all external gleams, The depths of being only prizes.†
scorning = disrespecting or rejecting as not good enough
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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wrath
8 uses
A chain of deepest action forging Round all, in wrathful energy.†
wrathful = full of extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
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yearn
10 uses
My bosom yearns For him alone; Ah, dared I clasp him, And hold, and own!†
yearns = strongly desires
DefinitionGenerally yearn means:
have a strong desire — often for something difficult or impossible to have
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