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deft
used in The Iliad by Homer (translated by: Lang, Leaf, & Myers)

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skillful
  • And the kings, the fosterlings of Zeus that were about Atreus' son, eagerly marshalled them, and bright-eyed Athene in the midst, bearing the holy aegis that knoweth neither age nor death, whereon wave an hundred tassels of pure gold, all deftly woven and each one an hundred oxen worth.
    Book 2 (52% in)
  • But verily Hector Priam's son shall not drive you and your deftly-wrought car; that will I not suffer.
    Book 17 (62% in)
  • And the bellows, twenty in all, blew on the crucibles, sending deft blasts on every side, now to aid his labour and now anon howsoever Hephaistos willed and the work went on.
    Book 18 (71% in)
  • And now would they run round with deft feet exceeding lightly, as when a potter sitting by his wheel that fitteth between his hands maketh trial of it whether it run: and now anon they would run in lines to meet each other.
    Book 18 (97% in)
  • He smote deftly from behind the hollow of Aias' knee, and loosed his limbs, and threw him down backward, and Odysseus fell upon his chest, and the folk gazed and marvelled.
    Book 23 (89% in)
  • Right eager was the running from the start, but Oileus' son forthwith shot to the front, and close behind him came noble Odysseus, as close as is a weaving-rod to a fair-girdled woman's breast when she pulleth it deftly with her hands, drawing the spool along the warp, and holdeth the rod nigh her breast— so close ran Odysseus behind Aias and trod in his footsteps or ever the dust had settled there, and on his head fell the breath of noble Odysseus as he ran ever lightly on, and all...
    Book 23 (94% in)

There are no more uses of "deft" in The Iliad by Homer (translated by: Lang, Leaf, & Myers).

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