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Beowulf - (translated by: Hall)

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adorn
12 uses
Then the work I find afar was assigned [4] To many races in middle-earth's regions, To adorn the great folk-hall.†
adorn = decorate
DefinitionGenerally adorn means:
to decorate — especially a person
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bestow
8 uses
Beowulf drank of The cup in the building; that treasure-bestowing 35 He needed not blush for in battle-men's presence.†
bestowing = giving
DefinitionGenerally bestow means:
to give — typically to present as an honor or give as a gift
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context
2 uses
H. supplies 'geweald' from the context; and our translation is based upon this assumption, though it is far from satisfactory.†
context = the setting or situation in which something occurs
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defer
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
deferred the decision
No thought had the monster of deferring the matter,
deferring = postponing
DefinitionGenerally this sense of defer means:
delay or postpone (hold off until a later time)
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dispute
7 uses
1  —7 uses as in:
She disputes his claim.
[2] The passage beginning here is very much disputed.†
disputed = challenged, argued about, or fought over
DefinitionGenerally this sense of dispute means:
challenge, argue about, or fight over
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dwell
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
a modest dwelling
}"Then the warriors departed to go to their dwellings, Reaved of their friends, Friesland to visit, Their homes and high-city.†
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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feud
17 uses
15 That feud thereafter for a fee I compounded; O'er the weltering waters to the Wilfings I sent Ornaments old; oaths did he swear me.†
feud = a bitter, long-standing fight
DefinitionGenerally feud means:
bitter hostile argument between two parties — typically long-standing between families or tribes with occasional incidents of violence
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grave
1 use
The battle-famed bid ye to build them a grave-hill,†
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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hoard
43 uses
The great one had gained then by his glorious achievement To reap from the ring-hoard richest enjoyment, [32] As best it did please him: his vessel he loaded, Shining ornaments on the ship's bosom carried, 60 Kinsman of Waels: the drake in heat melted.†
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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malicious
13 uses
He had marked the misery malice had caused them, 15 [1]That reaved of their rulers they wretched had erstwhile[2] Long been afflicted.†
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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manor
10 uses
The fire-spewing dragon fully had wasted The fastness of warriors, the water-land outward, The manor with fire.†
manor = a large house of a lord or wealthy person; or the house and the land around it
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passage
1 use
(1) It adds nothing to the text; (2) it makes 'naca' the subject, and thus brings the passage into keeping with the context, where the poet has exhausted his vocabulary in detailing the actions of the vessel.†
passage = a short part of a longer written work
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perish
7 uses
They saw on the sand then soulless a-lying, 90 His slaughter-bed holding, him who rings had given them In days that were done; then the death-bringing moment Was come to the good one, that the king very warlike, Wielder of Weders, with wonder-death perished.†
perished = died, was destroyed, or ceased to exist
DefinitionGenerally perish means:
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
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plunder
8 uses
Then the hoard[5] was discovered, The treasure was taken, his petition was granted{The hero plunders the dragon's den} The lorn-mooded liegeman.†
plunders = steals
DefinitionGenerally plunder means:
to steal — often after conquering the location with the goods

or:

the goods stolen
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render   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 4 uses
1  —1 use as in:
rendered service or a verdict
I was most happy to render thee this service.
render = give
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to give or supply something
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2  —1 use as in:
rendered her unconscious
to render arrogant
render = make
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to make or cause to become
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3  —2 uses as in:
rendered interpretation
Another and quite different rendering of this passage is as follows:
rendering = interpretation or portrayal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of render means:
to portray or create something in a particular way; or to interpret, translate, or extract from
The exact meaning of this sense of render depends upon its context. For example:
  • "Each artist will render a different interpretation when painting a portrait." — create in a particular way
  • "A Supreme Court judge may render his own interpretation of the Constitution." — interpret in a particular way
  • "The computer you are using, rendered this page from software instructions." — created through interpretation
  • "A graph is rendered from the underlying data." — made
  • "Fat can be rendered (extracted) by cooking meat slowly." — extracted from
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valor
9 uses
I ween that from valor, nowise as outlaws, But from greatness of soul ye sought for King Hrothgar.†
valor = exceptional or heroic courage when facing danger — especially in battle
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vengeance
10 uses
1  —10 uses as in:
vengeance is mine
[2] The line 'And .... yielding,' B. renders: And she has performed a deed of blood-vengeance whose effect is far-reaching.†
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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wretched
12 uses
He had marked the misery malice had caused them, 15 [1]That reaved of their rulers they wretched had erstwhile[2] Long been afflicted.†
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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