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Allegory of the Cave

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accord
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according to, or in accord with
This entire allegory, I said, you may now append, dear Glaucon, to the previous argument; the prison-house is the world of sight, the light of the fire is the sun, and you will not misapprehend me if you interpret the journey upwards to be the ascent of the soul into the intellectual world according to my poor belief, which, at your desire, I have expressed— whether rightly or wrongly God knows.†
according to = as stated by; or in agreement with
DefinitionGenerally this sense of accord means:
in keeping with; or in agreement/harmony/unity with
This sense of accord is often seen in the form according to or accordingly where it can take on more specific meanings. For example:
  • "According to Kim, ..." — as stated by
  • "To each according to her ability." — based upon
  • "Points are scored according to how well they perform." — depending upon
  • "The dose is calculated according to body weight." — in proportion to
  • "We got a flat tire. Accordingly, I pulled to the side of the road." — because of what was just said; or as a result
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accustomed
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He will require to grow accustomed to the sight of the upper world.†
accustomed = used to (adapted to and with an expectation of)
DefinitionGenerally accustomed means:
to be or to become psychologically or physically used to something

(used to is an expression that means someone has adapted to and has an expectation of something so it does not seem unusual)
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acquire
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And if there were a contest, and he had to compete in measuring the shadows with the prisoners who had never moved out of the den, while his sight was still weak, and before his eyes had become steady (and the time which would be needed to acquire this new habit of sight might be very considerable), would he not be ridiculous?†
acquire = obtain (come into the possession of something)
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allegory
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Moreover, I said, you must not wonder that those who attain to this beatific vision are unwilling to descend to human affairs; for their souls are ever hastening into the upper world where they desire to dwell; which desire of theirs is very natural, if our allegory may be trusted.†
allegory = a fictional story whose characters, items, or events are symbolic to express a deeper meaning
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attain
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Moreover, I said, you must not wonder that those who attain to this beatific vision are unwilling to descend to human affairs; for their souls are ever hastening into the upper world where they desire to dwell; which desire of theirs is very natural, if our allegory may be trusted.†
attain = gain or reach something with effort
DefinitionGenerally attain means:
to gain or reach something with effort
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beatific
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Moreover, I said, you must not wonder that those who attain to this beatific vision are unwilling to descend to human affairs; for their souls are ever hastening into the upper world where they desire to dwell; which desire of theirs is very natural, if our allegory may be trusted.†
beatific = expressing or producing a calm joy
DefinitionGenerally beatific means:
expressing or producing a calm joy — especially from a holy source
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bewilder
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Any one who has common sense will remember that the bewilderments of the eyes are of two kinds, and arise from two causes, either from coming out of the light or from going into the light, which is true of the mind's eye, quite as much as of the bodily eye; and he who remembers this when he sees any one whose vision is perplexed and weak, will not be too ready to laugh; he will first ask whether that soul of man has come out of the brighter life, and is unable to see because...†
bewilderments = to confuse someone
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compel
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And if he is compelled to look straight at the light, will he not have a pain in his eyes which will make him turn away to take refuge in the objects of vision which he can see, and which he will conceive to be in reality clearer than the things which are now being shown to him?†
compelled = forced; or (more rarely) convinced
DefinitionGenerally compel means:
to force someone to do something

or more rarely:

to convince someone to do something
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disabuse
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And now look again, and see what will naturally follow if the prisoners are released and disabused of their error.
disabused = convinced that an idea previously believed was not correct
DefinitionGenerally disabuse means:
convince someone that an idea they previously had was not correct
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endeavor
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And is there anything surprising in one who passes from divine contemplations to the evil state of man, misbehaving himself in a ridiculous manner; if, while his eyes are blinking and before he has become accustomed to the surrounding darkness, he is compelled to fight in courts of law, or in other places, about the images or the shadows of images of justice, and is endeavouring to meet the conceptions of those who have never yet seen absolute justice?†
endeavouring = trying or attempting

(editor's note:  This is a British spelling. Americans use endeavoring.)
DefinitionGenerally endeavor means:
to attempt; or a project or activity attempted
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habitat
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And when he remembered his old habitation, and the wisdom of the den and his fellow-prisoners, do you not suppose that he would felicitate himself on the change, and pity them?†
habitation = the type of environment in which an organism or group normally lives

(editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
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moreover
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Moreover, I said, you must not wonder that those who attain to this beatific vision are unwilling to descend to human affairs; for their souls are ever hastening into the upper world where they desire to dwell; which desire of theirs is very natural, if our allegory may be trusted.†
moreover = in addition to what has just been said
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perplex
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And you may further imagine that his instructor is pointing to the objects as they pass and requiring him to name them,—will he not be perplexed?†
perplexed = confused or puzzled
DefinitionGenerally perplex means:
to confuse
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prevent
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And now, I said, let me show in a figure how far our nature is enlightened or unenlightened:—Behold! human beings living in a underground den, which has a mouth open towards the light and reaching all along the den; here they have been from their childhood, and have their legs and necks chained so that they cannot move, and can only see before them, being prevented by the chains from turning round their heads.†
prevented = stopped (something from happening)
DefinitionGenerally prevent means:
to stop (something from happening)
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refuge
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And if he is compelled to look straight at the light, will he not have a pain in his eyes which will make him turn away to take refuge in the objects of vision which he can see, and which he will conceive to be in reality clearer than the things which are now being shown to him?†
refuge = something giving protection — especially a safe place
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therefore
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And if they were in the habit of conferring honours among themselves on those who were quickest to observe the passing shadows and to remark which of them went before, and which followed after, and which were together; and who were therefore best able to draw conclusions as to the future, do you think that he would care for such honours and glories, or envy the possessors of them?†
therefore = for that reason
DefinitionGenerally therefore means:
for that reason (what follows is so because of what was just said)
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