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The Last Olympian

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abject
1 use
Well . . . sure good to be together again. Arguing. Almost dying. Abject terror.
abject = extreme

(editor's note:  Grover is being ironic.)
DefinitionGenerally abject means:
extreme (in a negative sense such as misery, hopelessness, submissiveness, cruelty, or cowardice)
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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annihilate
1 use
"R-a-z-e means destroy."
"Obliterate," Annabeth said. "Annihilate. Turn to rubble."
annihilate = to completely destroy or defeat
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Book1 use
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 2000
1st useChapter 3
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bronze
28 uses
1  —28 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
Luke carried a bronze knife.
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
DefinitionGenerally this sense of bronze means:
a brownish-colored metal with red or yellow hues that is made of copper and (usually) tin
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Book28 uses
Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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centaur
27 uses
She didn't look at all surprised that Chiron was a centaur.
centaur = a mythical being that is half man and half horse
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Book27 uses
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 9
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chide
4 uses
"Husband, we talked about this," Persephone chided. "You can't go around incinerating every hero."
chided = gently corrected
DefinitionGenerally chide means:
to tell someone they have done wrong — sometimes in a gentle way to encourage better behavior
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 7
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contempt
1 use
1  —1 use as in:
feels contempt towards her
Hearing Luke call Chiron his son was weird enough, but Kronos put contempt in his voice, like son was the worst word he could think of.
contempt = lack of respect
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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Book1 use
Library8 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 18
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convention
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
to convene
Poseidon strode over to his fishing seat, and the Olympian Council convened.
convened = began the meeting
DefinitionGenerally this sense of convention means:
a large conference or meeting
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 15
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disdain
2 uses
Hera sniffed in disdain.
disdain = a lack of respect
DefinitionGenerally disdain means:
a lack of respect — often suggesting distaste and an undeserved sense of superiority

or:

to reject as not good enough
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Book2 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 500
1st useChapter 5
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dissipate
2 uses
He waved his hand and the steam dissipated.
dissipated = gradually disappeared
DefinitionGenerally dissipate means:
to gradually disappear; or to gradually waste
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Book2 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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Hades
104 uses
Hades himself rode a black-and-gold chariot pulled by nightmare horses, their eyes and manes smoldering with fire.
Hades = Greek mythology:  the god of the underworld (land of the dead)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of Hades means:
Greek mythology:  the god of the underworld (land of the dead); brother of Zeus and Poseidon
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Book104 uses
Library1 use in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 2
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incantation
1 use
He passed his hand over Annabeth's face and spoke an incantation.
incantation = words believed to have a magical effect when said aloud
DefinitionGenerally incantation means:
words believed to have a magical effect when they are said aloud; or the saying of such words
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 20
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mortal
26 uses
1  —26 uses as in:
mortal body
"Percy," she said, her voice tight, "Rachel is just a mortal."
mortal = human (especially merely human)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of mortal means:
human (especially merely human); or subject to death
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Book26 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 1
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nostalgia
1 use
Grover's music kept playing, and Ethan swayed to it, as if the song were filling him with nostalgia—a wish to see a beautiful day, to be anywhere but here.
nostalgia = longing for something past
DefinitionGenerally nostalgia means:
happiness that come with the memory of good times combined with a hint of sadness that those times are over
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Book1 use
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 1000
1st useChapter 19
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Pandora
14 uses
"Pandora?" A lump formed in my throat. "As in Pandora's box?"
Pandora = Greek mythology:  the first woman; she was presented with a container which when opened released all of humanity's evils
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Book14 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 13
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positive   (2 meanings)
2 meanings, 2 uses
1  —1 use as in:
I'm absolutely positive!
I wasn't sure until we met Luke's mom, but now I'm positive.†
positive = certain
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
certain (having no doubt; or used for emphasis)
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Book1 use
Library22 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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2  —1 use as in:
a positive attitude
My heart felt like lead, but we tried to find positive things to say.†
positive = optimistic (focusing on good things)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of positive means:
optimistic (expecting or focusing good things); or agreeable
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Book1 use
Library3 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 17
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prophecy
54 uses
You have the gift of prophecy.
prophecy = prediction of the future
DefinitionGenerally prophecy means:
a prediction of the future (usually said to be obtained in a supernatural way)
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Book54 uses
Library7 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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wither
5 uses
The withered mummy shuffled forward in her rainbow dress.
withered = shriveled (wrinkled) or weakened
DefinitionGenerally wither means:
to shrivel (wrinkle and contract — usually from lack of water)

or:

to become weaker; or feel humiliated
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Book5 uses
Library12 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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yield
3 uses
1  —3 uses as in:
yield to pressure
I thought about what Hestia had said, about how hard it was to yield, and I figured maybe my mom was finding that out.†
yield = give in (or give what is asked)
DefinitionGenerally this sense of yield means:
to give in, give way, or give up
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Book3 uses
Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 6
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Zeus
58 uses
First I bowed to Zeus.
Zeus = Greek mythology:  the most supreme of the gods
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Book58 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useChapter 3
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