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perish
used in The Odyssey by Homer (translated by: Butcher & Lang)

63 uses
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Definition
to die — especially in an unnatural way

or:

to be destroyed or cease to exist
  • For through the blindness of their own hearts they perished, fools, who devoured the oxen of Helios Hyperion: but the god took from them their day of returning.
    Book 1 (3% in)
  • And the goddess, grey-eyed Athene, answered him, saying: 'O father, our father Cronides, throned in the highest; that man assuredly lies in a death that is his due; so perish likewise all who work such deeds!
    Book 1 (12% in)
  • But now he hath perished, even so, an evil doom, and for us is no comfort, no, not though any of earthly men should say that he will come again.
    Book 1 (39% in)
  • For goodly Odysseus hath not yet perished on the earth; but still, methinks, he lives and is kept on the wide deep in a seagirt isle, and hard men constrain him, wild folk that hold him, it may be, sore against his will.
    Book 1 (46% in)
  • But let thy heart and mind endure to listen, for not Odysseus only lost in Troy the day of his returning, but many another likewise perished.
    Book 1 (80% in)
  • But if ye deem this a likelier and a better thing, that one man's goods should perish without atonement, then waste ye as ye will; and I will call upon the everlasting gods, if haply Zeus may grant that acts of recompense be made: so should ye hereafter perish within the halls without atonement.'
    Book 1 (85% in)
  • But if ye deem this a likelier and a better thing, that one man's goods should perish without atonement, then waste ye as ye will; and I will call upon the everlasting gods, if haply Zeus may grant that acts of recompense be made: so should ye hereafter perish within the halls without atonement.'
    Book 1 (85% in)
  • I would not that the threads perish to no avail, even this shroud for the hero Laertes, against the day when the ruinous doom shall bring him low, of death that lays men at their length.
    Book 2 (23% in)
  • But if ye deem this a likelier and a better thing, that one man's goods should perish without atonement, then waste ye as ye will: and I will call upon the everlasting gods, if haply Zeus may grant that acts of recompense be made: so should ye hereafter perish in the halls without atonement.'
    Book 2 (34% in)
  • But if ye deem this a likelier and a better thing, that one man's goods should perish without atonement, then waste ye as ye will: and I will call upon the everlasting gods, if haply Zeus may grant that acts of recompense be made: so should ye hereafter perish in the halls without atonement.'
    Book 2 (35% in)
  • Now as for Odysseus, he hath perished far away, as would that thou too with him hadst been cut off: so wouldst thou not have babbled thus much prophecy, nor wouldst thou hound on Telemachus that is already angered, expecting a gift for thy house, if perchance he may vouchsafe thee aught.
    Book 2 (44% in)
  • Wherefore now take no heed of the counsel or the purpose of the senseless wooers, for they are in no way wise or just: neither know they aught of death and of black fate, which already is close upon them, that they are all to perish in one day.
    Book 2 (67% in)
  • And again another proud youth would say: 'Who knows but that he himself if he goes hence on the hollow ship, may perish wandering far from his friends, even as Odysseus?
    Book 2 (77% in)
  • As for him he hath perished, Odysseus of the seed of Zeus, far from his own country in the land of strangers.
    Book 2 (85% in)
  • And yonder men, so soon as thou art gone, will devise mischief against thee thereafter, that thou mayest perish by guile, and they will share among them all this wealth of thine.
    Book 2 (85% in)
  • For none can surely declare the place where he hath perished, whether he was smitten by foemen on the mainland, or lost upon the deep among the waves of Amphitrite.
    Book 3 (18% in)
  • Rather myself would I have travail and much pain ere I came home and saw the day of my returning, than come back and straightway perish on my own hearth-stone, even as Agamemnon perished by guile at the hands of his own wife and of Aegisthus.
    Book 3 (47% in)
  • Rather myself would I have travail and much pain ere I came home and saw the day of my returning, than come back and straightway perish on my own hearth-stone, even as Agamemnon perished by guile at the hands of his own wife and of Aegisthus.
    Book 3 (47% in)
  • I would that I had but a third part of those my riches, and dwelt in my halls, and that those men were yet safe, who perished of old in the wide land of Troy, far from Argos, the pastureland of horses.
    Book 4 (12% in)
  • Did all those Achaeans return safe with their ships, all whom Nestor and I left as we went from Troy, or perished any by a shameful death aboard his own ship, or in the arms of his friends, after he had wound up the clew of war?
    Book 4 (58% in)
  • For many of these were taken, and many were left; but two only of the leaders of the mail-coated Achaeans perished in returning; as for the battle, thou thyself wast there.
    Book 4 (59% in)
  • And the rock bore him down into the vast and heaving deep; so there he perished when he had drunk of the salt sea water.
    Book 4 (61% in)
  • Thrice blessed those Danaans, yea, four times blessed, who perished on a time in wide Troy-land, doing a pleasure to the sons of Atreus!
    Book 5 (62% in)
  • Here, take this veil imperishable and wind it about thy breast; so is there no fear that thou suffer aught or perish.
    Book 5 (70% in)
  • There of a truth would luckless Odysseus have perished beyond that which was ordained, had not grey-eyed Athene given him sure counsel.
    Book 5 (89% in)
  • The fruit of these trees never perisheth neither faileth, winter nor summer, enduring through all the year.
    Book 7 (34% in)
  • Wherefore the great Eurytus perished all too soon, nor did old age come on him in his halls, for Apollo slew him in his wrath, seeing that he challenged him to shoot a match.
    Book 8 (39% in)
  • For the doom was on them to perish when their city should have closed upon the great horse of wood, wherein sat all the bravest of the Argives, bearing to the Trojans death and destiny.
    Book 8 (87% in)
  • But when the sun was wending to the time of the loosing of cattle, then at last the Cicones drave in the Achaeans and overcame them, and six of my goodly-greaved company perished from each ship: but the remnant of us escaped death and destiny.
    Book 9 (11% in)
  • But my second thought withheld me, for so should we too have perished even there with utter doom.
    Book 9 (53% in)
  • }' "Foolhardy that thou art, why wouldst thou rouse a wild man to wrath, who even now hath cast so mighty a throw towards the deep and brought our ship back to land, yea and we thought that we had perished{*} even there?
    Book 9 (87% in)
  • But he heeded not the sacrifice, but was devising how my decked ships and my dear company might perish utterly.
    Book 9 (98% in)
  • And the violent blast seized my men, and bare them towards the high seas weeping, away from their own country; but as for me, I awoke and communed with my great heart, whether I should cast myself from the ship and perish in the deep, or endure in silence and abide yet among the living.
    Book 10 (10% in)
  • Why are your hearts so set on sorrow that ye should go down to the hall of Circe, who will surely change us all to swine, or wolves, or lions, to guard her great house perforce, according to the deeds that the Cyclops wrought, when certain of our company went to his inmost fold, and with them went Odysseus, ever hardy, for through the blindness of his heart did they too perish?
    Book 10 (78% in)
  • Yea and even so did I too perish and meet my doom.
    Book 11 (31% in)
  • But if thou art eager still to listen, I would not for my part grudge to tell thee of other things more pitiful still, even the woes of my comrades, those that perished afterward, for they had escaped with their lives from the dread war-cry of the Trojans, but perished in returning by the will of an evil woman.
    Book 11 (59% in)
  • But if thou art eager still to listen, I would not for my part grudge to tell thee of other things more pitiful still, even the woes of my comrades, those that perished afterward, for they had escaped with their lives from the dread war-cry of the Trojans, but perished in returning by the will of an evil woman.
    Book 11 (59% in)
  • For Helen's sake so many of us perished, and now Clytemnestra hath practised treason against thee, while yet thou wast afar off."
    Book 11 (68% in)
  • But come, declare me this and plainly tell it all, if haply ye hear of my son as yet living, either, it may be, in Orchomenus or in sandy Pylos, or perchance with Menelaus in wide Sparta, for goodly Orestes hath not yet perished on the earth.
    Book 11 (71% in)
  • And Odysseus of many counsels answered her, saying: 'Lo now, in very truth I was like to have perished in my halls by the evil doom of Agamemnon, son of Atreus, hadst not thou, goddess, declared me each thing aright.
    Book 13 (87% in)
  • But he hath perished, as I would that all the stock of Helen had perished utterly, forasmuch as she hath caused the loosening of many a man's knees.
    Book 14 (13% in)
  • But he hath perished, as I would that all the stock of Helen had perished utterly, forasmuch as she hath caused the loosening of many a man's knees.
    Book 14 (13% in)
  • Thou saidest that he perished to get atonement for Agamemnon; tell me, if perchance I may know him, being such an one as thou sayest.
    Book 14 (23% in)
  • Yonder then hath he perished, but for his friends nought is ordained but care, for all, but for me in chief.
    Book 14 (26% in)
  • And now the lordly wooers lie in wait for him on his way home, that the race of godlike Arceisius may perish nameless out of Ithaca.
    Book 14 (35% in)
  • I would not that I myself should perish on the quest of my godlike father, nor that any good heir-loom should be lost from my halls.'
    Book 15 (16% in)
  • Of Ithaca am I by lineage, and my father is Odysseus, if ever such an one there was, but now hath he perished by an evil fate.
    Book 15 (49% in)
  • Surely thou art set on perishing utterly there, if thou wouldest indeed go into the throng of the wooers, whose outrage and violence reacheth even to the iron heaven!
    Book 15 (60% in)
  • Now she died of very grief for her son renowned, by an evil death, so may no man perish who dwells here and is a friend to me in word and deed!
    Book 15 (65% in)
  • But now he is holden in an evil case, and his lord hath perished far from his own country, and the careless women take no charge of him.
    Book 17 (52% in)
  • Then the wooers clamoured through the shadowy halls, and thus one would say looking to his neighbour: 'Would that our wandering guest had perished otherwhere, or ever he came hither; so should he never have made all this tumult in our midst!
    Book 18 (94% in)
  • And even if he hath perished as ye deem, and is never more to return, yet by Apollo's grace he hath a son like him, Telemachus, and none of the women works wantonness in his halls without his knowledge, for he is no longer of an age not to mark it, Thus he spake, and the wise Penelope heard him, and rebuked the handmaid, and spake and hailed her: 'Thou reckless thing and unabashed, be sure thy great sin is not hidden from me, and thy blood shall be on thine own head for the same!
    Book 19 (15% in)
  • I would not that the threads perish to no avail, even this shroud for the hero Laertes, against the day when the ruinous doom shall bring him low, of death that lays men at their length.
    Book 19 (25% in)
  • They for their part all perished in the wash of the sea, but the wave cast him on the keel of the ship out upon the coast, on the land of the Phaeacians that are near of kin to the gods, and they did him all honour heartily as unto a god, and gave him many gifts, and themselves would fain have sent him scathless home.
    Book 19 (47% in)
  • Then wise Telemachus answered, and said: 'Nay by Zeus, Agelaus, and by the griefs of my father, who far away methinks from Ithaca has perished or goes wandering, in nowise do I delay my mother's marriage; nay, I bid her be married to what man she will, and withal I offer gifts without number.
    Book 20 (85% in)
  • And the porch is full, and full is the court, of ghosts that hasten hellwards beneath the gloom, and the sun has perished out of heaven, and an evil mist has overspread the world.'
    Book 20 (90% in)
  • When we shall have slain these men, father and son, thereafter shalt thou perish with them, such deeds thou art set on doing in these halls; nay, with thine own head shalt thou pay the price.
    Book 22 (45% in)
  • Next he told how his company slew the kine of Helios, and how Zeus, that thunders on high, smote the swift ship with the flaming bolt, and the good crew perished all together, and he alone escaped from evil fates.
    Book 23 (89% in)
  • So these were flocking round Achilles, and the spirit of Agamemnon, son of Atreus, drew nigh sorrowful; and about him were gathered all the other shades, as many as perished with him in the house of Aegisthus, and met their doom.
    Book 24 (4% in)
  • But now it has been decreed for thee to perish by a most pitiful death.'
    Book 24 (6% in)
  • I would not that the threads perish to no avail, even this shroud for the hero Laertes, against the day when the ruinous doom shall bring him low, of death that lays men at their length.
    Book 24 (24% in)
  • So we perished, Agamemnon, and even now our bodies lie uncared for in the halls of Odysseus, for the friends of each one at home as yet know nought, even they who might wash the black-clotted blood out of our wounds, and lay out the bodies and wail the dirge, for that is the due of the dead.'
    Book 24 (34% in)
  • Wherefore the fame of her virtue shall never perish, but the immortals will make a gracious song in the ears of men on earth to the fame of constant Penelope.
    Book 24 (35% in)

There are no more uses of "perish" in The Odyssey by Homer (translated by: Butcher & Lang).

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