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Faust -- Part 1 (translated by Theil)

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adapt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
adapted to the new rules
His political and scientific activities, though dwarfed in the eyes of our generation by his artistic production, yet showed the adaptability of his talent in the most diverse directions, and helped to give him that balance of temper and breadth of vision in which he has been surpassed by no genius of the ancient or modern world.†
adaptability = the degree to which something can change to fit a different situation
DefinitionGenerally this sense of adapt means:
changed to fit a different situation; or made suitable
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anguish
10 uses
O full-orb'd moon, did but thy rays Their last upon mine anguish gaze!†
anguish = extreme pain, suffering, or distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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attribute   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
It is an attribute of...
MEPHISTOPHELES (in FAUST'S long gown) Mortal! the loftiest attributes of men, Reason and Knowledge, only thus contemn, Still let the Prince of lies, without control, With shows, and mocking charms delude thy soul, I have thee unconditionally then!†
attributes = characteristics (of something or someone)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
a characteristic (of something or someone)
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2  —1 use as in:
I attribute it to...
In 1587 a life of him appeared, in which are attributed to him many marvelous exploits and in which he is held up as an awful warning against the excessive desire for secular learning and admiration for antique beauty which characterized the humanist movement of the time.
attributed = credited (pointed to as the cause of something)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of attribute means:
to credit (a source for something)
in two typical senses:
  • "I attribute it to her work." — to say who or what made something happen
  • "Remember to attribute any quotations in your paper." — indicate the source of a quotation or idea
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beguile
7 uses
What dreams beguile you on your poet's height?†
beguile = to charm, enchant, or entertain someone; or to deceive — especially through charm
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delude
9 uses
Yet fixed is this delusion in our heart; Who, of his own free will, therefrom would part?†
delusion = a false belief

(editor's note:  The suffix "-sion", 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 admission from admit, discussion from discuss, and invasion from invade.)
DefinitionGenerally delude means:
deceive (convince to have a false belief)
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despair
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
do not despair
A devil's pluck thou'rt wont to show; As for a devil who despairs, Nothing I find so mawkish here below.†
despairs = loses hope
DefinitionGenerally this sense of despair means:
to lose hope
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dominion
5 uses
Lo, where a car of fire, on airy pinion, Comes floating towards me I I'm prepar'd to fly By a new track through ether's wide dominion, To distant spheres of pure activity.†
dominion = dominance or power over others; or a region so dominated
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elaborate
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
elaborate on your plan
...that have naturally been emphasized by performance on the stage, and by virtue of these alone "Faust" may rank as a great drama; but it is the result of Goethe's broodings on the mystery of human life, shadowed forth in the symbolic parts and elaborated with still greater complexity and still more far-reaching suggestiveness—and, it must be added, with deepening obscurity—in the Second Part, that have given the work its place with "Job," with the "Prometheus Bound," with "The Divine...†
elaborated = added details or explained in detail
DefinitionGenerally this sense of elaborate means:
add details or explain in detail
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forthwith
7 uses
One or the other, mark me well, Forthwith must leave the cell.†
forthwith = immediately
DefinitionGenerally forthwith means:
immediately — (most typically seen in legal documents, formal use, or classic literature)
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fraught
4 uses
In that great moment, rapture-fraught, I felt myself so small, so great; Fiercely didst thrust me from the realm of thought Back on humanity's uncertain fate!†
fraught = full of negative things; or marked by or causing distress
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heed
8 uses
Take heed, The import of this primal sentence weigh, Lest thy too hasty pen be led astray!†
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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loathe
7 uses
Thither I will not go, I loathe the place.†
loathe = hate
DefinitionGenerally loathe means:
hate, detest, or intensely dislike
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malicious
4 uses
FAUST So thou with thy cold devil's fist Still clench'd in malice impotent Dost the creative power resist, The active, the beneficent!†
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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mortal
4 uses
1  —4 uses as in:
mortal body
Yet here ye dance, as other mortals do!†
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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profound
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
profound sadness
with energy profound
profound = intense
DefinitionGenerally this sense of profound means:
of greatest intensity or emotional depth
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scorn
5 uses
The crowd's applause assumes a scornful tone.†
scornful = full of strong disrespect or rejection
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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secular
1 use
In 1587 a life of him appeared, in which are attributed to him many marvelous exploits and in which he is held up as an awful warning against the excessive desire for secular learning and admiration for antique beauty which characterized the humanist movement of the time.
secular = non-religious
DefinitionGenerally secular means:
not religious
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yearn
11 uses
How my poor heart, without relief, Trembles and throbs, its yearning grief Thou knowest, thou alone!†
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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zeal
9 uses
Up scholar, lave, with zeal undying, Thine earthly breast in the morning-red!†
zeal = active interest and enthusiasm
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