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The Odyssey Vocabulary

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Transcript of The Odyssey Vocabulary

omen
part of speech: noun
definition: something that is believed to be a sign or warning of something that will happen in the future
synonym: sign, harbinger
sentence: The crows were seen as a bad omen.
discourse
part of speech: noun
definition: the use of words to exchange thoughts and ideas
synonym: discussion, conversation
sentence: Telemachus's speech began a discourse among the Ithacans.
provisions
xenia
part of speech: noun
definition: is the ancient Greek concept of hospitality and generosity
synonym: hospitality
sentence: It was important that a good Greek show xenia to strangers.
Thank you!
invocation
part of speech: noun
definition: the act of asking for help or support especially from a god
synonyms: prayer, call
sentence: The Odyssey opens with an invocation to the muse.
consummate
part of speech: adjective
definition: showing a high degree of skill and flair; complete or perfect
synonym: skilled, expert
sentence: Ulysses is a consummate deceiver and can manipulate people with words.
The Odyssey Vocabulary
Epic Words for an Epic Tale
anoint
part of speech: verb
definition: to put oil on (someone)
synonym: to rub or smear
sentence: In the ancient world, to anoint someone's feet was a tender act of service.
part of speech: noun
definition: a supply of food and other things that are needed
synonym: supplies
sentence: Telemachus needed provisions on his journey.
reconnoitre
part of speech: verb
defintion: make a military observation of (a region
synonym: scout, survey
sentence: Ulysses sent a few men to reconnoitre the island.
pretext
part of speech: noun
defintion: a reason given in justification of a course of action that is not the real reason
synonym: ruse
sentence: Ulysses get Polyphemus drunk with the pretext of sharing.
prodigious
part of speech : adjective
defintion: remarkably or impressively great in extent, size, or degree
synonym: massive
sentence: The banquet table held a prodigious amount of food.
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