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Faust by Goethe - (translated by: C.T. Brooks)

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abyss
6 uses
Vanish, ye gloomy Vaulted abysses!†
abysses = holes or dropoffs so deep the bottom cannot be seen — often used figuratively to imply frightening bottomless pits
DefinitionGenerally abyss means:
a hole or dropoff so deep the bottom cannot be seen — often used figuratively to imply a frightening bottomless pit
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allude
4 uses
The other satirical allusions to classes of notabilities will, without difficulty, be guessed out by the readers.†
allusions = indirect references

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sions", converts a verb into a plural noun that denotes results of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in discussions from discuss, explosions from explode, and revisions from revise.)
DefinitionGenerally allude means:
to make an indirect reference
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beckon
5 uses
  Far out to sea I'm drawn, sweet voices listening,
  The glassy waters at my feet are glistening,
  To new shores beckons me a new-born day.
beckons = calls (figuratively by being desirable)
DefinitionGenerally beckon means:
to call — typically to ask or tell someone to come nearer by using a hand gesture or a nod of the head
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cleave
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
cleave through
A dismal dream once came to me; In it I saw a cloven tree, It had a —— but still, I looked on it with right good-will.†
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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condescending
1 use
The gentleman but makes me more confused With all his condescending goodness.
condescending = doing something considered beneath one's position
DefinitionGenerally condescending means:
treating others as inferior; or doing something considered beneath one's position or dignity
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confound
5 uses
Confound you!†
confound = confuse or frustrate
DefinitionGenerally confound means:
to confuse, prove wrong, frustrate, or express frustration
in various senses, including:
confuse or surprise — sometimes specifically to confuse one thing with another
  • "confounded by the puzzle" — confused or perplexed
  • "Test results confounded the experts." — surprised and confused
  • "Do not confound confidence with correctness." — mistake one thing for another
prove wrong, defeat, or frustrate
  • "The test results confounded my theory." — proved wrong
  • "Their defense confounded our offense." — defeated or frustrated
make worse
  • "She confounded the problem by painting without sanding." — made worse
  • "The task is complicated by other confounding factors." — making worse
an exclamation expressing anger or frustration
  • "Confound it! Will I ever get this thing to work?"
  • "I don't understand the confounded directions!"
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contrast
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
contrast their writing styles
] [Footnote 6: The "Macrocosm" is the great world of outward things, in contrast with its epitome, the little world in man, called the microcosm (or world in miniature).†
in contrast = in a comparison that shows differences
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contrast means:
point to differences between; or compare to show differences
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critique
1 use
Children and apes will gaze delighted, If their critiques can pleasure impart; But never a heart will be ignited, Comes not the spark from the speaker's heart.†
critiques = an examination and judgment of something
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dominion
6 uses
Willing, it beareth me, On a new path, through ether's blue dominions, To untried spheres of pure activity.†
dominions = dominance or power over others; or a region so dominated
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endeavor
7 uses
I tell you, give them more and ever more and more, And then your mark you'll hardly stray from ever; To mystify be your endeavor, To satisfy is labor sore....†
endeavor = to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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grave
2 uses
But hereby hangs a grave condition, Of this we'll talk when next we meet; But for the present I entreat Most urgently your kind dismission.†
grave = serious and solemn
DefinitionGenerally this sense of grave means:
serious and/or solemn
The exact meaning of this sense of grave can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "This is a grave problem," or "a situation of the utmost gravity." — important, dangerous, or causing worry
  • "She was in a grave mood upon returning from the funeral." — sad or solemn
  • "She looked me in the eye and gravely promised." — in a sincere and serious manner
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heed
8 uses
But give ye good heed!†
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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malicious
1 use
Thus, with the ever-working power Of good dost thou in strife persist, And in vain malice, to this hour, Clenchest thy cold and devilish fist!†
malice = the desire to hurt others or see them suffer
DefinitionGenerally malicious means:
wanting to see others suffer; or threatening evil
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melancholy
7 uses
In every dress I well may feel the sore Of this low earth-life's melancholy.†
melancholy = a sad feeling or manner
DefinitionGenerally melancholy means:
a sad feeling or manner — sometimes thoughtfully sad
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mortal
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
mortal body
Alas! that mortals so unhappy prove!†
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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perish
4 uses
No, lead me to that nook of calm devotion, Where blooms pure joy upon the Muses' hill; Where love and friendship aye create and cherish, With hand divine, heart-joys that never perish.†
perish = die, be destroyed, or cease to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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scorn
6 uses
The crowd's applause has now a scornful tone; O couldst thou hear my conscience tell its story, How little either sire or son Has done to merit such a glory!†
scornful = full of strong disrespect or rejection
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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venerate
4 uses
_ What feelings, O great man, thy heart must swell Thus to receive a people's veneration!†
veneration = feelings of respect and reverence

(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 venerate means:
regard with feelings of respect and reverence
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wretched
7 uses
Yet ah! this once, my gratitude Is due to thee, most wretched of earth's creatures.†
wretched = miserable or very bad
DefinitionGenerally wretched means:
very bad
in various senses, including:
  • unfortunate or miserable — as in "wretched prisoners sleeping on the cold floor"
  • of poor quality — as in "wretched roads"
  • morally bad — as in "The wretched woman stole his wallet."
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yearn
14 uses
All our loving, longing, yearning?†
yearning = strongly desiring; or a strong desire
DefinitionGenerally yearn means:
have a strong desire — often for something difficult or impossible to have
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