Sunday, December 23, 2007

Word Frequency in the Book of Mormon

(reformatted 1 May 2021)

How many times do specific words appear in the Book of Mormon?  I found a copy of the Book of Mormon in one large file at the Project Gutenberg website.  I cleaned and normalized the data:

  • I deleted the introductory Gutenberg legal stuff.
  • I also decided to delete the introductory pages of the Book of Mormon including the Testimonies of the Three and Eight witnesses.
  • I could not easily remove the reference to each verse which Gutenberg's text edition includes. In other words, each verse is preceded by the book, chapter, and verse. As a result, the frequency of the book names will be greatly inflated. 
  • I also had to remove punctuation like hyphens preceding words.
  • Word variations are listed separately. That means "atone," "atonement," and "atoneth" are counted separately.

Below you will find the list of Book of Mormon words with the frequency of their appearance in two lists:

  • Words sorted alphabetically
  • Words sorted by frequency

I hope this will be an aid to those who want to include word counts in lessons or talks or just want to review these numbers for their own personal study. 

Word

Appearances

a

2140

aaron

50

abandon

1

abandoned

2

abasing

1

abel

1

abhor

1

abhorrence

2

abhorrest

1

abhorreth

2

abide

8

abinadi

37

abinadom

2

abish

1

able

17

ablom

1

aboard

1

abolish

1

abolished

1

abominable

28

abomination

11

abominations

76

abound

4

abounding

2

about

262

above

66

abraham

29

abridged

1

abridging

1

abridgment

3

abroad

14

absence

1

abundance

13

abundant

1

abundantly

8

abused

1

abyss

2

accept

2

acceptable

2

access

1

accomplish

7

accomplished

5

accomplishment

1

accord

3

according

525

accordingly

1

account

73

accountable

1

accounted

2

accounts

1

accursed

6

accusation

1

accuse

5

accused

3

accusing

1

acknowledge

6

acknowledged

3

acknowledgeth

1

acquaint

1

acquainted

3

acquired

1

acres

1

across

9

act

10

acted

3

acting

1

activity

1

actual

1

adam

26

add

2

added

3

addition

2

address

1

adhere

1

adieu

1

administer

15

administered

11

administering

3

admit

2

admitted

1

admitting

1

admonish

2

admonished

3

admonishing

1

admonition

1

admonitions

1

adopted

1

adorn

2

adorning

1

adulterers

1

adulterous

1

adultery

11

advantage

10

advantages

1

adversaries

5

adversary

5

advocateth

1

afar

1

affairs

18

affections

1

affixed

6

afflict

9

afflicted

33

affliction

13

afflictions

78

afforded

1

affrighted

2

afraid

13

after

507

afterwards

2

again

478

against

557

agates

1

age

19

aged

2

aggravating

1

agony

1

agosh

2

agree

3

agreed

5

agreement

2

agreements

1

aha

1

ahah

4

ahaz

5

aiath

1

air

13

akish

24

alarming

1

alike

5

alive

12

all

1779

alliance

2

allotted

1

allotteth

1

allowance

1

all-powerful

2

all-searching

2

all-wise

1

alma

2295

almighty

13

almost

11

alms

5

alone

23

along

4

aloud

2

alpha

1

already

21

also

1034

altar

4

alter

1

alteration

1

altered

9

altering

1

although

3

altogether

1

always

41

am

199

amaleki

6

amalekite

1

amalekites

18

amalickiah

63

amalickiahites

4

amalickiah's

1

amaron

2

amazed

2

amazement

4

amen

42

amgid

2

aminadab

3

aminadi

3

amiss

1

amlici

16

amlicites

27

ammah

2

ammaron

10

ammon

173

ammonihah

26

ammonihahites

1

ammonites

2

ammoron

24

amnigaddah

4

amnihu

1

amnor

3

among

581

amongst

14

amoron

1

amos

4

amount

3

amoz

2

amulek

73

amulon

20

amulonites

7

an

369

anathoth

1

anchor

2

ancient

12

ancients

3

and

16321

anew

1

angel

90

angels

55

anger

89

angola

1

angry

69

anguish

11

ani-anti

1

animal

1

animals

5

ankles

1

anoint

3

anointed

8

anointing

1

another

121

another's

1

answer

15

answered

33

answering

1

anti-christ

2

anti-nephi-lehi

11

anti-nephi-lehies

1

antiomno

1

antion

1

antionah

1

antionum

5

antiparah

9

antipas

3

antipus

20

antum

1

anxiety

8

anxious

1

any

149

anyone

1

anything

17

apart

3

apostle

3

apostles

13

apparel

14

appeal

2

appealed

2

appear

19

appearance

4

appeared

7

appeareth

3

appearing

1

appears

1

appease

1

appeased

1

appellation

1

appetite

1

applied

2

apply

1

appoint

11

appointed

60

apprised

1

approach

1

approaching

1

arabian

1

archeantus

1

are

1165

aright

2

arise

23

ariseth

2

ark

1

arm

37

armed

12

armies

150

arming

1

armor

9

arms

57

arm-shields

2

army

136

arose

32

around

8

arouse

3

arpad

1

arraigned

1

arrange

1

arrayed

1

arrive

8

arrived

9

arrogancy

1

arrow

4

arrows

22

art

91

artificer

1

arts

4

as

1046

ascend

5

ascended

9

ascendeth

6

ascension

4

ascribe

1

ascribing

1

ashamed

11

ashes

2

aside

14

ask

47

asked

1

asketh

4

asking

1

asleep

3

asp

2

ass

5

assemble

18

assembled

7

assemblies

1

assembling

2

assembly

2

asses

1

assist

9

assistance

9

associate

1

assurance

1

assurances

1

assured

1

assuredly

5

assyria

8

assyrian

3

astonished

25

astonishing

1

astonishment

18

astray

8

asunder

6

at

395

ate

2

athirst

2

atone

5

atonement

28

atoneth

3

atoning

3

attack

13

attacked

2

attain

3

attempt

12

attempted

3

attempting

1

attempts

2

attended

2

attention

2

attitude

5

attributed

1

audience

1

aught

2

austere

1

author

3

authority

47

availeth

3

avenge

8

avengeth

1

avenging

1

await

5

awaiteth

1

awaits

1

awake

23

awaken

3

awakened

8

awaketh

2

aware

3

away

380

awful

47

awfulness

2

awkwardness

1

awoke

7

ax

4

babblings

1

babes

2

babylon

11

back

52

backs

6

bad

15

bade

5

baldness

1

ball

10

band

31

bands

27

banished

1

bank

8

banks

4

banner

1

baptism

26

baptize

28

baptized

85

baptizing

6

bar

12

barbarous

1

bare

11

barges

5

barley

4

barns

1

barren

2

base

1

baseness

1

bashan

1

bath

1

bathe

1

bats

1

battle

134

battles

3

be

2505

beach

1

beam

3

bear

58

beard

1

beareth

6

bearing

5

beast

2

beasts

34

beat

29

beaten

2

beautiful

16

beauty

6

became

96

because

800

beckoned

1

become

145

becomes

1

becometh

9

becoming

10

bed

5

bee

2

been

724

bees

1

befall

1

before

434

beforehand

4

began

418

begat

42

beggar

2

beggars

1

begged

1

begging

3

begin

30

beginneth

11

beginning

57

begotten

11

beguile

1

beguiled

2

begun

9

behalf

6

behave

1

beheld

128

beheldest

2

behind

4

behold

1635

beholdest

11

beholding

5

behooveth

4

being

261

beings

2

belief

14

believe

204

believed

45

believers

4

believest

20

believeth

19

believing

13

bellows

2

belong

31

belonged

12

belongeth

5

belonging

1

belongs

2

beloved

99

below

1

beneath

9

benefit

4

benjamin

34

bent

2

beseech

4

beset

2

besides

3

besom

1

besought

2

best

3

bestead

1

bestir

1

bestow

3

bestowed

6

bethabara

1

better

25

between

33

betwixt

5

beware

3

beyond

22

bible

11

bid

5

bidden

2

bidding

1

big

1

bill

1

bind

15

bindeth

2

binds

1

birth

5

bitten

2

bitter

12

bittern

1

bitterness

5

black

2

blackness

2

blade

1

blades

1

blameless

7

blaspheme

2

blasphemy

1

bled

2

bleeding

1

bless

32

blessed

139

blessing

18

blessings

16

blew

2

blind

15

blinded

3

blindeth

1

blindness

11

bliss

1

block

3

blocks

1

blood

148

bloodshed

22

bloodsheds

4

bloodthirsty

2

blood-thirsty

1

bloody

1

blossoms

2

blot

1

blotted

8

blow

5

bloweth

2

blows

5

boast

15

boasting

6

boastings

2

boaz

1

bodies

31

body

78

bold

3

boldly

12

boldness

12

bond

6

bondage

73

bonds

9

bones

9

bonnets

1

book

75

books

7

bordered

2

bordering

4

borders

75

bore

4

born

25

borne

8

borrow

2

borroweth

2

both

116

bottom

2

bough

1

bound

29

bountiful

36

bountifully

1

bounty

1

bow

24

bowed

12

bowels

8

boweth

1

bows

13

bracelets

2

brake

2

branch

21

branches

53

brass

37

brave

1

bravery

2

brazen

1

breach

1

bread

22

breadth

1

break

26

breaketh

3

breaking

1

breast

3

breastplate

1

breastplates

10

breasts

2

breastwork

3

breath

6

breathe

4

breathed

2

breathing

1

brethren

547

bricks

1

bride

1

bridle

1

briers

6

bright

7

brightness

7

brim

1

brimstone

10

bring

170

bringeth

42

bringing

27

broad

3

broke

6

broken

49

brother

165

brothers

10

brother's

2

brought

256

brow

1

bruise

1

bruised

1

brutal

1

brutality

1

bucklers

1

build

48

buildeth

5

building

13

buildings

13

built

70

bull

1

burden

8

burdened

1

burdeneth

1

burdens

10

burdensome

1

burial

7

buried

21

burn

9

burned

20

burneth

1

burning

9

burnt

5

burst

1

bury

8

burying

3

bushel

1

bushes

1

business

3

but

991

butter

3

buy

5

by

1187

byword

2

cain

3

calamity

3

calf

2

call

66

called

209

calling

19

callings

1

calm

1

calno

1

calves

2

came

1642

camp

24

camped

1

camps

4

can

193

candle

1

candles

1

candlestick

1

canker

1

cankered

1

cannot

131

canst

10

capable

3

capital

2

captain

11

captains

27

captivate

1

captivation

1

captive

32

captives

6

captivity

61

carbuncles

1

carcass

1

carcasses

3

carchemish

1

care

10

carefully

1

carnage

5

carnal

15

carnally-minded

1

carriages

1

carried

56

carrieth

1

carry

33

carrying

4

cart

1

case

15

cases

3

cast

227

casteth

1

casting

6

catch

5

cattle

7

caught

9

cauls

1

cause

214

caused

153

causes

1

causeth

5

causing

7

cautious

1

caves

1

cavity

5

cease

35

ceased

18

ceaseless

1

ceaseth

5

ceasing

5

cedars

3

cement

4

censured

1

center

9

ceremony

1

certain

11

certainly

1

cezoram

3

chaff

6

chain

1

chained

1

chains

15

chaldeans

2

chaldees'

1

chance

6

chances

1

change

16

changeable

3

changed

11

changeth

1

changing

2

channels

1

chapter

234

characters

1

charge

10

charges

1

chariots

7

charitable

1

charity

27

charmed

1

chased

1

chaste

1

chasten

3

chastened

5

chastisement

1

chastity

2

cheateth

1

check

2

checked

1

cheek

3

cheeks

6

cheer

3

cheerfully

1

chemish

3

cherubim

3

chickens

4

chief

96

chiefest

2

chiefly

2

chiefs

1

child

34

childhood

1

childishness

1

children

349

choice

22

choicest

1

choirs

2

choose

17

choosing

1

chose

9

chosen

38

christ

382

christians

4

christs

1

christ's

2

church

227

churches

32

cimeter

3

cimeters

8

circumcision

1

circumspectly

3

circumstances

13

cite

1

cities

77

city

312

civil

1

civilization

2

claim

10

claimeth

5

clapped

3

clasped

2

class

1

classes

1

clave

1

clay

3

clean

6

cleanse

1

cleansed

10

clear

7

cleared

1

clearly

1

cleave

7

cleaveth

1

clefts

1

climate

1

climb

1

clinging

1

cloak

2

close

8

closed

2

closet

2

closets

1

cloth

5

clothe

10

clothed

5

clothes

1

clothing

9

cloud

16

clouds

2

club

1

clubs

3

coal

1

coals

1

coarseness

1

coat

5

cockatrice

1

cockatrice's

2

cohor

7

cold

1

collected

1

colors

1

com

14

combination

7

combinations

21

combine

2

come

781

comeliness

1

comely

2

comes

6

comest

1

cometh

127

comfort

13

comforted

14

comfortedst

1

comforter

1

comforteth

1

coming

83

command

62

commanded

191

commander

5

commandest

1

commandeth

11

commanding

1

commandment

41

commandments

208

commands

9

commence

17

commenced

14

commencement

32

commend

1

commending

1

commit

35

committed

20

committeth

1

committing

8

common

5

communication

1

communion

1

comnor

2

company

1

compare

1

compared

2

compass

7

compassion

12

compel

4

compelled

20

complain

5

complained

3

complaining

1

complaint

1

complaints

1

complete

1

composed

1

compound

2

comprehend

3

comprehendeth

1

concealed

6

conceive

4

conceived

2

concerned

1

concerning

348

conclude

1

concourses

3

concubines

9

condemn

14

condemnation

18

condemned

12

condemneth

4

condemning

1

condescension

3

condescensions

2

condition

2