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Medea by Euripides - (translated by: T.A. Buckley)

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adorn
4 uses
Jason, thou hast well adorned these arguments of thine, but nevertheless to me, although I speak reluctantly, thou appearest, in betraying thy wife, to act unjustly.†
adorned = decorated
DefinitionGenerally adorn means:
to decorate — especially a person
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adulterate
1 use
O Jove, why I pray hast thou given to men certain proofs of the gold which is adulterate, but no mark is set by nature on the person of men by which one may distinguish the bad man.†
adulterate = corrupt, debase, or make impure by adding a foreign or inferior substance
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alliance
9 uses
Ancient alliances are deserted for new, and he is no friend to this family.†
alliances = associations formed to support common interests
DefinitionGenerally alliance means:
an association formed to support common interests
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approach
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
approached the city
And yet with the aspect of a lioness that has just brought forth does she look sternly on her attendants when any one approaches near attempting to address her.†
approaches = comes
DefinitionGenerally this sense of approach means:
to get closer to (near in space, time, quantity, or quality)
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banish
16 uses
But for what has been said by thee against the royal family, think it the greatest good fortune that thou art punished by banishment only.†
banishment = to expel or get rid of
DefinitionGenerally banish means:
to expel or get rid of
in various senses, including:
  • to force someone to leave a country as punishment
  • to push an idea from the mind
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calamity
9 uses
O aged man, attendant on the children of Jason, to faithful servants the affairs of their masters turning out ill are a calamity, and lay hold upon their feelings.†
calamity = a disastrous event; or the distress resulting from it
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cease
10 uses
Shall I not cease from my rage?
cease = discontinue
DefinitionGenerally cease means:
to stop or discontinue
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deity
8 uses
Unhappy woman! alas wretched on account of thy griefs! whither wilt thou turn? what hospitality, or house, or country wilt thou find a refuge for these ills? how the Deity hath led thee, Medea, into a pathless tide of woes!†
deity = god or goddess
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enmity
6 uses
For she is violent; he who engages with her in enmity will not with ease at least sing the song of victory.†
enmity = hatred
DefinitionGenerally enmity means:
hatred toward someone or between people — typically long-lasting
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entreat
6 uses
Jason, I entreat you to be forgiving of what has been said, but right is it that you should bear with my anger, since many friendly acts have been done by us two.†
entreat = ask earnestly
DefinitionGenerally entreat means:
to ask — especially while trying hard to overcome resistance
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moreover
1 use
Moreover thou hast received more at least from my safety than thou gavest, as I will explain to thee.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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mortal
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
mortal body
Do ye hear what she says, and how she invokes Themis hearing the vow, and Jove who is considered the dispenser of oaths to mortals?†
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
18 uses
We perish then, if to the old we shall add a new ill, before the former be exhausted.†
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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perjury
2 uses
But the faith of oaths is vanished: nor can I discover whether thou thinkest that the former Gods are not still in power, or whether new laws are now laid down for men, since thou art at least conscious of being perjured toward me.†
perjured = broke the law by telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth
DefinitionGenerally perjury means:
the criminal offense of telling lies after formally promising to tell the truth — such as when testifying in a court trial
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perpetrator
5 uses
But how, having darted thine eyes upon thy children, wilt thou endure the perpetration of the murder without tears?†
perpetration = something done that was wrong or illegal

(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 perpetrator means:
someone who has does something wrong — usually something illegal
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prudent
4 uses
Revolving this in my mind I perceive that I had much imprudence, and was enraged without reason.†
imprudence = the quality of lacking good sense and caution

(Editor's note:  The prefix "im-" in imprudence means not and reverses the meaning of prudence. This prefix is sometimes used before words beginning with "M" or "P" as seen in words like immoral, immature, and impossible.)
DefinitionGenerally prudent means:
sensible and careful
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refuge
4 uses
Unhappy woman! alas wretched on account of thy griefs! whither wilt thou turn? what hospitality, or house, or country wilt thou find a refuge for these ills? how the Deity hath led thee, Medea, into a pathless tide of woes!†
refuge = something giving protection — especially a safe place
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repudiate
1 use
And in this is the greatest risk, whether we receive a bad one or a good one; for divorces bring not good fame to women, nor is it possible to repudiate one's husband.†
repudiate = strongly reject
DefinitionGenerally repudiate means:
strong rejection — especially when the idea or thing being rejected was once embraced
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scorn
1 use
Now them addressest, now salutest them, formerly rejecting them with scorn.†
scorn = disrespect or reject as not good enough
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wretched
17 uses
And she wretched hath discovered from affliction what it is not to forsake one's paternal country.†
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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