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Puritan
a member of a class of Protestants(Christians) that arose in the 16th century within the Church of England, demanding a purification or simplification of doctrine and worship and greater strictness in religous discipline.
puritanical
excessively strict in moral and religious matters; austere; disciplined
theocracy
a form of gov in which God is recognized as the supreme civil ruler, His laws being interpreted by church authorities
predestination
the belief that God from the beginning of time has foreordained whatever comes to pass; the decree from God as to which souls will be "saved" and attain eternal life
the elect
those people chosen by God for salvation and eternal life
grace
the freely given, unearned and unmerited love and mercy of God
Utopia
a place or state of ideal perfection
sepulchre
tomb, grave, burial place
ponderous
massive, heavy, awkward
inauspicious
unfortunate, unfavorable, boding ill
physiognomy
the face or countenance; outward appearance of anything which offers some insight into its character or nature.
indubitable
unquestionable, undoubted, certain
**scourge
to whip severely; a whip or an instrument for flogging
magistrate
a civil official charged with the administration of the law; a minor judicial officer of justice of the peace
demeanor
outward behavior; manner, conduct
venerable
commanding respect because of great age or dignity; worthy of reverence
infamy
evil reputation or strong condemnation as a result of a shameful, criminal, or outrageous act.
malefactress
a criminal; a woman who breaks the law or does evil; felon, offender.
**beadle
an official who leads processions;a religious officer.
sumptuary
having to do with legal power of state to regulate personal habits which offend moral beliefs of the community
evanescent
vanishing, fleeting, impermanent, scarcelyperceptible
**ignominy
disgrace, shame, dishonor, public contempt(one theme of the book)
**iniquity
wickidness,sin, gross injustice
**scaffold
en elevated platform on which a criminal is executed or exhibited to a crowd
redeem
to deliver from sin and its consequences by a sacrifice offered for the sinner
preternatural
exceptional, abnormal, excessive
phantasmagoric
having to do with a shifting series of imaginative phantasms, illusions or deceptive appearences as in a dream
gentility
politeness of manners; graceful behavior; manners of well-bred people
countenance
appearence, especially the look or expression on a persons face
sagacity
acuteness of mental discernment and soundness of judgement; wisdom
lurid
glowing through a haze..like flames enveloped by smoke
alchemy
an art, practiced in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, concerned primarily with discovering how to transform base metals into gold and with finding a universal elixir of life.
efficacy
effectiveness, power to produce results
**leech
archaic term meaning physician
enjoin
to order; to command; to impose upon
paramour
lover; sweetheart
besmirch
to foul; to soil; to dishonor; to sully