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Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II

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beguile
6 uses
Then they all looked upon Sir Launcelot and said: Ye have beguiled us with your covered shield.†
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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Book6 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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beseech
33 uses
Then came Sir Palomides, and besought him that he might help him to joust.†
besought = asked strongly or begged for something
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Book33 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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commend
18 uses
Then Queen Guenever commended him, and so did all other good knights make much of him, except Sir Gawaine's brethren.†
commended = praised or recommended
DefinitionGenerally commend means:
praise or recommend
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Book18 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
contrary   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
contrary to
Also the dry tree and the white lily: the dry tree betokeneth thy brother Lionel, which is dry without virtue, and therefore many men ought to call him the rotten tree, and the worm-eaten tree, for he is a murderer and doth contrary to the order of knighthood.†
contrary to = in opposition to
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Book2 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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2  —1 use as in:
to the contrary
How the second day Palomides forsook Sir Tristram, and went to the contrary part against him.†
to the contrary = with an opposite or different effect; or something with an opposite or different effect
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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doleful
13 uses
Right so as Sir Dinadan rode in the even late he heard a doleful noise as it were of a man.†
doleful = expressing or causing sadness
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Book13 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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forsake
11 uses
That is me loath to do, said Sir Dinadan, because ye forsook my fellowship.†
forsook = abandoned or gave 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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Book11 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 18
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garnish
7 uses
Then they ordained their battle in four parties, wonderly well apparelled and garnished with men of arms.†
garnished = decorated or adorned
DefinitionGenerally this sense of garnish means:
to decorate or adorn something (most typically food with another food); or the item added for decoration
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Book7 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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King Arthur
445 uses
BOOK X CHAPTER I. How Sir Tristram jousted, and smote down King Arthur, because he told him not the cause why he bare that shield.†
King Arthur = mythical king of the Britons (English) recognized as such when he was able to pull the sword Excalibur from the stone that had locked its blade; created the Knights of the Round Table to protect his people
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Book445 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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meddle
16 uses
But as for me, said Sir Gareth, I meddle not of their matters, therefore there is none of them that loveth me.†
meddle = interfere (in another's affairs or business); or handle (something that shouldn't be handled)
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Book16 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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notwithstanding
13 uses
It is well said, said Sir Dinadan, but when Sir Palomides heard of that his heart was ravished out of measure: notwithstanding he said but little.†
notwithstanding = in spite of; or in spite of the thing just mentioned (used to connect contrasting ideas)
DefinitionGenerally notwithstanding means:
in spite of; or in spite of the thing mentioned
(Used to connect contrasting ideas. Other synonyms could include words and phrases such as nevertheless, nonetheless, all the same, still,  and however.)
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Book13 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 10
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perish
9 uses
It shall not lie in your power nor to perish me as much as a thread, an there were any on my body.†
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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Book9 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 17
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rebuke
20 uses
So as Sir Dinadan walked and beheld the castle, thereby in a chamber he espied King Mark, and then he rebuked him, and asked him why he departed so.†
rebuked = criticized severely
DefinitionGenerally rebuke means:
criticize severely; or such criticism
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Book20 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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remnant
15 uses
He let depart his host in six parties, and ordained Sir Dinas the Seneschal to have the foreward, and other knights to rule the remnant.†
remnant = a small amount that remains after the rest is gone
DefinitionGenerally remnant means:
a small amount that remains after the rest is gone — sometimes specifically of cloth
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Book15 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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repentance
54 uses
And when Alisander was whole, then he repented him of his oath, for he might not be revenged upon King Mark.†
repented = expressed regret for having done something wrong
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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Book54 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 13
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treason
80 uses
And the falsest king and knight is your husband, and the most coward and full of treason, is your lord, King Mark.†
treason = an act of betrayal
DefinitionGenerally treason means:
betraying someone or something — typically betraying one's own country

(in this context, to betray is to not be loyal—often by helping enemies)
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Book80 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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vengeance
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
vengeance is mine
Sir, I blame you not, said Gareth, for well I understand the vengeance of my brethren Sir Gawaine, Agravaine, Gaheris, and Mordred.†
vengeance = the act of taking revenge
DefinitionGenerally this sense of vengeance means:
the act of taking revenge

(Revenge means to harm someone to get them back for something harmful that they have done.)
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Book10 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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wrath
10 uses
Whether in love or in wrath? said the other knight.†
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
Word Statistics
Book10 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 7 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
will yield valuable data
Then as they stood talking there came knights well armed, and bade them yield them or else to die.†
yield = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to produce (usually something wanted); or the thing or amount produced
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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 10
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2  —4 uses as in:
yield to pressure
And then Sir Mador prayed that knight to save his life, and so he yielded him as overcome, and released the queen of his quarrel.†
yielded = gave in, gave way, or gave up
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book4 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 17
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