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I Survived The Destruction of Pompeii, AD 79

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agony
1 use
But her tongue bulged out of her mouth and her eyes were wide in agony.†
agony = intense suffering
From page 55.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally agony means:
intense feelings of suffering — can be from mental or physical pain
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.55.4
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bronze
2 uses
1  —2 uses as in:
bronze won't corrode in salt water
The champion wore a gleaming bronze helmet.
bronze = made of a type of high-quality metal
From page 20.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.20.2
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despise
1 use
Linus himself had always despised Festus, and the nephew wasted no time destroying his uncle's happy home.†
despised = disliked strongly and looked down upon
From page 17.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally despise means:
to dislike strongly and to look down upon with disrespect
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Library14 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.17.7
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emerge
1 use
One by one, her nine horrific heads emerged from the mist, staring at him with glowing yellow eyes, leering with dripping, glistening fangs.†
emerged = came out of, or appeared
From page 47.2  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally emerge means:
to come out, or to appear
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Library58 uses in 10 avg bks
SAT®*top 100
1st useAll, p.47.2
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Hercules
6 uses
But it was the ancient Greek stories written centuries before that Marcus loved most, especially the tales of the great heroes like Odysseus and Hercules.†
Hercules = mythological Roman hero famous for his strength and for performing 12 immense labors to gain immortality
From page 17.3  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book6 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.17.3
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hideous
1 use
And then, just ahead, there she was: the hideous serpent.†
hideous = extremely ugly, offensive, and/or frightening
From page 46.9  Typical Usage
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Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.46.9
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ingenious
1 use
He came up with the ingenious idea of building a giant wooden horse with a hollow belly.†
ingenious = showing cleverness and originality
From page 28.7  Typical Usage
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Library4 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.28.7
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magistrate
4 uses
Tata's plan was to speak to Pompeii's magistrates — the men elected to lead the city.†
magistrates = judges or civil authorities who conduct a court
From page 65.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally magistrate means:
a judge or judicial official
The exact meaning of magistrate varies widely depending upon the context. For example:
  • in the U.S. federal court:  assists district court judges by handling minor offenses or administrative tasks such as preliminary hearings (often referred to as a magistrate judge rather than just a magistrate)
  • in some U.S. states:  a judge in the state court
  • in France, Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, and other civil law countries:  a sitting magistrate is a judge and a standing magistrate is a prosecutor
  • in England:  may be a volunteer without formal legal training who performs a judicial role with regard to minor matters
  • in ancient Rome:  a powerful officer with both judicial and executive power
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Book4 uses
Library5 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.65.4
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mosaic
1 use
For days they'd been scrubbing the villa so that the mosaic floors shined like diamonds, so that every silver bowl and goblet gleamed.
mosaic = art consisting of a design made of many pieces of colored material such as stone or tile
From page 5.7  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally mosaic means:
art consisting of a design made of many pieces of colored material such as stone or tile

or more rarely:

anything made of many differing parts of equal importance, but varying appearance
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Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.5.7
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Pegasus
2 uses
Closing his eyes, he imagined that this old white mare was the winged horse Pegasus, and that they were soaring through the clouds.†
Pegasus = Greek mythology:  the immortal winged horse; as the flying horse of the Muses it is a symbol of highflying imagination
From page 37.4  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library0 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.37.4
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rant
1 use
Marcus waited for Tata to tell him it was crazy to believe in the ranting words of a stranger.†
ranting = complaining or verbally attacking in an excited rather than thoughtful way
From page 88.4  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally rant means:
to complain or verbally attack in an excited rather than thoughtful way
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Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.88.4
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Roman Empire
3 uses
CHAPTER 1 — AUGUST 24, AD 79 — 1:00 P.M. — THE CITY OF POMPEII, THE ROMAN EMPIRE
Roman Empire = the transition from a republic to an empire is generally thought to start in 27 BC with Augustus and end in 1453 with the capture of Constantinople by the Ottoman Turks
From page 1.2  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book3 uses
Library2 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.1.2
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spectacle
1 use
People were coming from all over to see the spectacle, which featured Pompeii's champion fighter.
spectacle = a notable or unusual event that attracts attention
From page 6.5  Typical Usage
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Library15 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.6.5
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summon
1 use
Marcus reached deep inside himself, trying to summon some courage of his own.†
summon = call forth; or call to come
From page 62.9  Typical Usage
DefinitionGenerally summon means:
to call forth
The exact meaning of summon can depend upon its context. For example:
  • "summon to court" — officially demand that someone appear in court (call them to court)
  • "summon the team to a meeting" — call upon the team members to attend a meeting
  • "summon help" — call others to come and help
  • "summon her courage" — call forth her courage from within
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Library35 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.62.9
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vendor
2 uses
Vendors cursed as their baskets of fruit and vegetables toppled.†
vendors = someone who sells goods or services
From page 8  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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Book2 uses
Library6 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.8
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wretched
2 uses
These were the wretched souls who would be thrown into the arena with Cyclops tomorrow.†
wretched = miserable or very bad
From page 20.7  All Book Uses  Typical Usage
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."
Word Statistics
Book2 uses
Library10 uses in 10 avg bks
1st useAll, p.20.7
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