Vocab 12 Odyssey

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1. WORD – beguiling
POS – adj
MOD: “Low she sang in her beguiling voice,
while on her loom she wove ambrosial fabric
sheer and bright, by that craft known to the
goddesses of heaven.”
Definition – charming; pleasing
2. WORD – brazen
POS – adj
MOD-“Tender girls whose hearts were new to
grief; many were there, too, torn by brazen
lanceheads, battle-slain, bearing still their
bloody gear.”
Definition –bold and without shame
3. WORD –mutinous
POS – adj
MOD – “My men were mutinous, fools, on
stores of wine.”
Definition -rebellious
4. WORD –travail
POS – N
MOD – “And all this time, in travail, sobbing,
gaining on the current, we rowed into
the strait …”
Definition -painful, laborious effort
5. WOD –contrived
POS – verb
MOD - “O cruel drowsing, in the evil hour! Here they
sat, and a great work they contrived.”
Definition – to do something foolish that
created an undesirable situation
6. WOD –smote
POS –adj
MOD – “In the hushed hall it smote the suitors
and all their faces changed. Then Zeus
thundered overhead …”
Definition – hit, struck and punched
7. WOD -contemptible
POS – adj
MOD – “My hand and eye are sound, not so
contemptible as the young men say.”
Definition -disgraceful and shameful
8. WORD –revelry
POS – N
MOD– : “…the cup was in his fingers, the wine
was even at his lips, and did he dream of death?
How could he? In that revelry amid his throng
of friends who would imagine a single foe …”
Definition -merrymaking; festivity
9. WORD –avails
POS - verb
MOD-“the pouncing falcons grip their prey, no
frantic wing avails, and farmers love to watch
those beakèd hunters.”
Definition -is of use; help or benefit
10. WORD –tremulous POS – adj
MOD-“Their secret! as she heard it told, her
knees grew tremulous and weak, her heart
failed her.”
Definition – shaking
11. WORD –candor
POS – N
MOD –“Telemachus with his clear candor said:
‘I am with you, Uncle.’”
Definition – being honest and straightforward;
frankness
12. WORD –oblation
POS – N
MOD – “Be kind to us, we’ll make you fair
oblation and gifts of hammered gold. Have
mercy on us!”
Definition- offering or sacrifice
13. WORD –pliant
POS – adj
MOD – I planed them all, inlaid them all with
silver, gold, and ivory, and stretched a bed
between—a pliant web of oxhide thongs dyed
crimson.”
Definition –flexible
14. WORD –lavish
POS – adj
MOD –“Athena: one whose work moves to
delight: just so she lavished beauty over
Odysseus’ head and shoulders.”
Definition –rich, luxurious
15. WORD –throng
POS – N
MOD – “…the cup was in his fingers, the wine
was even at his lips, and did he dream of death?
How could he? In that revelry amid his throng
of friends who would imagine a single foe …”
Definition-a large, densely packed crowd of
people or animals.

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