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Le Morte D'Arthur

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beseech
58 uses
When this false damosel understood this, she went to the Lady Lile of Avelion, and besought her of help, to be avenged on her own brother.†
besought = asked strongly or begged for something
DefinitionGenerally beseech means:
to ask strongly or beg for something
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Book58 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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cleave   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 15 uses
1  —1 use as in:
cleave through
When Beaumains saw his shield cloven asunder he was a little ashamed of that stroke and of her language; and then he gave him such a buffet upon the helm that he fell on his knees.†
cloven = split (or divided in two)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to split something — especially with violent force

or:

to cut through something
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Book1 use
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 7
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2  —14 uses as in:
cleave to
So King Pellinore gave him such a stroke upon the helm that he clave the head down to the chin, that he fell to the earth dead.†
clave = held firmly
DefinitionGenerally this sense of cleave means:
to hold firmly to something — such as an object, a person or idea
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Book14 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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commend
21 uses
We commend him unto the devil, they said all, for he is a man of great might.†
commend = praise or recommend
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Book21 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 10
contrary   (3 meanings)
3 meanings, 5 uses
1  —3 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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Book3 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 5
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2  —1 use as in:
on the contrary
Not so, said Sir Gheris, for both Sir Launcelot and Sir Palomides were on the contrary party against the Knight with the Black Shield.†
on the contrary = an expression used to intensify denial of an idea
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 9
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3  —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
15 uses
So they went unto battle again, and wounded everych other dolefully, and then they breathed ofttimes, and so went unto battle that all the place there as they fought was blood red.†
dolefully = in a manner that is full of sadness
DefinitionGenerally doleful means:
expressing or causing sadness
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Book15 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 2
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grovel
23 uses
And so suddenly Beaumains pulled him upon the ground grovelling.†
grovelling = showing submission or fear

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use groveling.)
DefinitionGenerally grovel means:
to show submission or fear — sometimes by crawling or lying face down
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Book23 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 7
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homage
28 uses
I have espied thy king met never yet with worshipful man, but tell him, I will have his head without he do me homage.†
homage = respect or loyalty
DefinitionGenerally homage means:
respect or loyalty; or something done to show respect or loyalty
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Book28 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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King Arthur
957 uses
Of the birth of King Arthur and of his nurture.†
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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Book957 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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manor
23 uses
Right so there came a knight and a lady with six squires, and saluted Accolon, and prayed him for to arise, and come and rest him at his manor.†
manor = a large house of a lord or wealthy person; or the house and the land around it
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Book23 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 4
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notwithstanding
19 uses
Notwithstanding the queen would not leave this, but eft she let ordain more poison, and put it in a piece.†
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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Book19 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useBook 6
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rebuke
55 uses
How Sir Beaumains suffered great rebukes of the damosel, and he suffered it patiently.†
rebukes = criticizes severely
DefinitionGenerally rebuke means:
criticize severely; or such criticism
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Book55 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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remnant
23 uses
And that day Sir Ulfius and Sir Brastias did great deeds of arms, and King Uther's men overcame the Northern battle and slew many people, and put the remnant to flight.†
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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Book23 uses
Library9 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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repentance
88 uses
It shall be soon revenged, said King Ban, for I trust in God mine ure is not such but some of them may sore repent this.†
repent = feel regret for having done wrong and resolve to be a better person in the future
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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Book88 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 13
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scorn
18 uses
Right so the two men departed and beleft him to Sir Kay, that scorned him and mocked him.†
scorned = disrespected or rejected
DefinitionGenerally scorn means:
disrespect or reject as not good enough
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Book18 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useBook 7
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treason
125 uses
How Ulfius impeached Queen Igraine, Arthur's mother, of treason; and how a knight came and desired to have the death of his master revenged.†
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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Book125 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 1
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yield   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 33 uses
1  —21 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
Word Statistics
Book21 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useBook 1
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2  —12 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
Word Statistics
Book12 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useBook 6
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