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Beowulf - (translated by: Ebbutt)

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abyss
3 uses
Yet this was not the worst: the sea-monsters, excited by the raging tempest, rushed at me with their deadly tusks and bore me to the abyss.†
abyss = a hole or dropoff so deep the bottom cannot be seen — often used figuratively to imply a frightening bottomless pit
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adorn
3 uses
The hall rose speedily, vast, gloriously adorned, a great meeting-place for men; for Hrothgar had summoned all his people to the work, and the walls towered up high and majestic, ending in pinnacles and gables resembling the antlers of a stag.†
adorned = decorated
DefinitionGenerally adorn means:
to decorate — especially a person
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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anguish
3 uses
"Truly I say to thee, O son of Ecglaf bold, Grendel the grisly fiend ne'er dared have wrought So many miseries, such shame and anguish dire, To thy lord, Hrothgar old, in his bright Heorot, Hadst thou shown valiant mood, sturdy and battle-fierce, As thou now boastest."†
anguish = extreme pain, suffering, or distress
DefinitionGenerally anguish means:
extreme pain, suffering, or distress (of body or mind)
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Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
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bequeath
1 use
Then Beowulf partially recovered himself, and said: "Now I bequeath to thee, my son, the armour which I also inherited."
bequeath = pass down
DefinitionGenerally bequeath means:
give or pass down — often upon death in a will
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
He ... spoke, coldly and contemptuously:
contemptuously = disrespectfully
DefinitionGenerally this sense of contempt means:
lack of respect for someone or something thought inferior — often accompanied by a feeling of dislike or disgust
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dwell
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
a modest dwelling
Useless stood the best of dwellings, for none dared remain in it, but every evening the Danes left it after their feast, and slept elsewhere.†
dwellings = houses or shelters in which people live
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dwelling means:
a house or shelter in which someone lives
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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earnest
1 use
Now ye men from afar, sailing the surging sea, Have heard my earnest thought: best is a quick reply, That I may swiftly know whence ye have hither come.†
earnest = sincere or serious
DefinitionGenerally earnest means:
characterized by sincere belief

or:

intensely or excessively serious
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Library19 uses in 10 avg bks
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endure   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 3 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
endured the pain
So we endured the pain till King Hrethel died,
endured = suffered through
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to suffer through (or put up with something difficult or unpleasant)
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2  —1 use as in:
endure through the ages
This affliction endured for twelve years,
endured = continued
DefinitionGenerally this sense of endure means:
to continue to exist
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establish
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
establish a positive tone
When Scyld grew up he increased the power of Denmark and enlarged her borders; his fame spread far and wide among men, and his glory shone undimmed until the day when, full of years and honours, he died, leaving the throne securely established in his family.†
established = set (firmly existing)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of establish means:
create, start, or set in [a] place
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hideous
6 uses
From the fen-fastnesses, by marshy tracts, through mists and swamp-born fogs, the hideous monster made his way to the house he hated so bitterly.†
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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hoard
8 uses
Thereupon Wiglaf entered the barrow, and was dazed by the bewildering hoard of costly treasures.†
hoard = gathers something valuable and stores it
DefinitionGenerally hoard means:
to gather something valuable and store it; or a collection of such things
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Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
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imply
1 use
[Illustration: Beowulf replies haughtily to Hunferth] Very wroth was Hunferth over the reminder of his former wrongdoing and the implied accusation of cowardice, but he had brought it on himself by his unwise belittling of Beowulf's feat, and the applause of both Danes and Geats showed him that he dared no further attack the champion; he had to endure in silence Beowulf's boast that he and his Geats would that night await Grendel in the hall, and surprise him terribly, since the fiend...†
implied = suggested (said indirectly)
DefinitionGenerally imply means:
to suggest or say indirectly — possibly as a logical consequence
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Library16 uses in 10 avg bks
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prudent
3 uses
Thus, Hrothgar, ancient king, all my friends urged me, Warriors and prudent thanes, that I should seek thee, Since they themselves had known my might in battle.†
prudent = sensible and careful
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Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
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scorn
4 uses
Hunferth, King Hrothgar's orator and speech-maker, from his official post at Hrothgar's feet watched Beowulf with scornful and jealous eyes.†
scornful = full of strong disrespect or rejection
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
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tumult
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
couldn't hear over the tumult
The tumultuous rejoicing lasted till darkness settled on the land,
tumultuous = noisy and unrestrained
DefinitionGenerally this sense of tumult means:
loud noise — usually created by an unrestrained crowd or some kind of confusion
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valor
9 uses
Great deeds of valour wrought I in my youth.†
valour = exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use valor.)
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
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wrath
9 uses
By night the dire fiend visited it in search of prey, and in the morning his footsteps showed that his deadly enmity was not yet appeased, but that any effort to use the hall at night would bring down his fatal wrath on the careless sleepers.†
wrath = extreme anger
DefinitionGenerally wrath means:
extreme anger or angry punishment
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Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
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wrought   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
wrought iron
his glorious gold-wrought banner
wrought = worked
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
worked — as when iron is shaped to fit by bending or beating
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2  —1 use as in:
the damage she has wrought
to tell of all the woe that Grendel has wrought,
wrought = caused (made happen)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of wrought means:
caused to happen or occurred as a consequence
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