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abyss
An immeasurably deep chasm, depth, or void
anathematized
To proclaim an anathema on; curse
ancestral
Of, relating to, or evolved from an ancestor or ancestors
animdversion
A critical or censorious remark
apoplectic
Exhibiting symptoms associated with apoplexy. (stroke)
Extremely angry; furious:
arrogate
To take or claim for oneself without right; appropriate
bathos
An abrupt, unintended transition in style from the exalted to the commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect.
An anticlimax.
belie
To picture falsely; misrepresent
brevity
The quality or state of being brief in duration.
Concise expression; terseness
chastisement
To punish, as by beating.
To criticize severely; rebuke.
chilblains
An inflammation followed by itchy irritation on the hands, feet, or ears, resulting from exposure to moist cold.
confabulate
To talk casually; chat
ecclesiastical
Of or relating to a church, especially as an organized institution
heavenly
endure
To carry on through, despite hardships; undergo
epicure
A person with refined taste, especially in food and wine
eradicate
To get rid of as if by tearing up by the roots
halcyon
A fabled bird, identified with the kingfisher, that was supposed to have had the power to calm the wind and the waves while it nested on the sea during the winter solstice
implore
To appeal to in supplication; beseech
importune
To beset with insistent or repeated requests; entreat pressingly.
To ask for urgently or repeatedly.
To annoy; vex.
inanition
Exhaustion, as from lack of nourishment or vitality.
The condition or quality of being empty.
incursion
An aggressive entrance into foreign territory; a raid or invasion
interlocutor
Someone who takes part in a conversation, often formally or officially
laity
All those persons who are not members of a given profession or other specialized field
lament
To express grief for or about; mourn, regret
neophyte
A recent convert to a belief; a proselyte.
A beginner or novice:
onus
A difficult or disagreeable responsibility or necessity; a burden or obligation.
pecuniary
Of or relating to money
perilous
Full of or involving peril; dangerous
piquant
Pleasantly pungent or tart in taste; spicy.
Appealingly provocative
Charming, interesting, or attractive
poltroon
A base coward
primitive
Characterized by simplicity or crudity; unsophisticated
quiescence
Being quiet, still, or at rest; inactive
ravenous
Extremely hungry; voracious.
Rapacious; predatory.
Greedy for gratification
reparation
The act or process of repairing or the condition of being repaired
scabbard
A sheath, as for a dagger or sword
secular
Not bound by monastic restrictions, especially not belonging to a religious order
sententious
Terse and energetic in expression; pithy.
Abounding in aphorisms.
Given to aphoristic utterances.
soporific
Inducing or tending to induce sleep.
Drowsy
sovereign
One that exercises supreme, permanent authority, especially in a nation or other governmental unit
spoony
Enamored in a silly or sentimental way.
Feebly sentimental; gushy
submissive
Inclined or willing to submit
venerable
Commanding respect by virtue of age, dignity, character, or position
vengeful
Desiring vengeance; vindictive
vernacular
The standard native language of a country or locality
versify
To change from prose into metrical form
writhe
To twist, as in pain, struggle, or embarrassment
catastrophe
A great, often sudden calamity.
A complete failure; a fiasco
fate
The supposed force, principle, or power that predetermines events
syntax
The pattern of formation of sentences or phrases in a language