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impunity
exemption from punishment
plait
a braid of hair
grotesque
characterized by ludicrous or incongruous distortion
inglorious
not glorious, dishonorable
irreparable
incapable of being repaired
imputation
an accusation
imprecation
to invoke evil upon
discern
to make out, detect
obstinate
difficult to manage
coax
to pursuade by pleading or flattery, cajole, wheedle
invidious
offensive, containing or implying a slight discriminatory
scruple
an uneasy feeling or hesitancy to act that arises from moral or ethical consideratons
bequeath
to pass on, hand down
rabble
a mob of lower class people
incur
bring upon oneself
coveted
desired strongly, wished for longingly
repellent
something that repels stuff
condone
to excuse or overlook and offense without discern
exempt
to free from an obligation or duty required or others
sultrier
more hot and humid
reprisal
the forcible seizure of an enemy's goods or subjects in retaliation for inuries inflicted
instigate
to stir up or cause to happen
abomination
an abhorrence for someone or something
diverting
amusing,entertaining
scurrilous
given to the use of vulgar or low abusive language
presume
to take upon oneself without permission or authority, dare
tirade
a long angry or violent speech
prudence
caotious, good judgment
expiate
to make atonement for
fervent
having or showing great intensity of feeling, passionate
ignominy
deep personal humiliation and disgrace
quarry
anything that is hunted or pursued, prey
stint
to restrict or limit to a certain quantity
provision
something that is provided, a share of food
raven(ing)
rush, to take by force
accost
to approach and speak to, especially in an aggressive manor
temerity
heedless disregard of danger
impartial
not favoring one side more than another, fair
drub
to beat severely
implore
to ask earnestly, beg
flout
to show contempt for
rawboned
thin or very lean
quaver
to shake or tremble
deplorable
very bad, regrettable
hales
haul, pull, to compel to go
explicit
definitely stated, clearly expressed
peril
danger, jeopardy
tangible
capable of being touched or felt
smolder
to burn or smoke without flame
novel
new and unusual
imminent
likely to happen without delay
parsimony
stinginess
goad
thorn
dire
dreadful, terrible
sleight
craftiness
zealous
very eager, enthusiastic
puny
small, inferior size
emanate
to come forth
portened
to be an omen or warning of
imperative
absolutely necessary
writhe
to twist, wind about, contort
imperious
extremely proud and controlling
stark
bare, blunt
preclude
to prevent, make impossible
plunder
to rob or despoil (a person or place) by force
depreciate
to lessen the price or value of
commodity
and economic good
impunity
freedom from punishment, harm, or bad consequences
exaction
a fee, reward, or contribution damanded or levied with severity or injustice
ravage
destructive action or it's results
plumes
a feather from a bird, especialy fancy large feathers
divination
the act of fortune telling
incantation
the chanting of magical words to cast a spell or perform magic
plight
a condition or situation of difficulty or adversity
precipice
a vertical, almost vertical,or overhanging rock face
blithe
cheerful, casual, carefree
waver
to swing or sway to and fro
cajole
to coax, wheedle, to pursuade
encumber
to hold back the motion or action of
irrepressible
impossible to control or restrain
paramour
and illicit lover
profusion
abundance, extravagance
gall
nerve,courage
congenial
having the same tastes, habits, or temperament
sleight
crafty, clever, skill or dexterity
blandishment
to coax by flattery or wheedling, cajole
immanent
to remain in or near
teeming
to be full of
infallible
incapable of error
machination
the act of plotting
maul
beat, bruise
dolorous
marked by or showing sorrow or pain
haughty
having or showing great pride in oneself and distain
arduous
demanding great care, effort, or labor
summit
the highest point or part
fetters
shackles and chains to restrain movement
articulate
spoken in or divided into clear and distinct words or syllables
scruntinize
to examine closely
augury
divination, a sign or omen, indication
adversity
a state of hardship or misfortune
euphoria
a feeling of great happiness or well-being
prognostications
portentous forshadowings
perogative
an exclusive or special right, power or privilige
vouchsafe
to condescend to grant or bestow
audacity
boldness, daring
crestfallen
dejected, disheartened
besmirch
to soil, sully
resound
to be filled with sound, reverbate
Invocation to the muse
the poet narrator starts by stating the tales subject and asking for poetic insiation from a guiding spirit
endowed
to provide with property, income or a source of income
arbitrary
random
indecorous
lacking propriety or good taste
diadem
a crown or headband worn as a sign of royalty
implore
to appeal to in supplication, beseech
censourious
an expression of blame or disapproval
blunder
to move clumsily or carelessly, founder, stumble
in medias res
the narrator begins telling the tale in the middle of things
dank
dubious
epithet
something you tack onto a name ex. Harry Potter, The Boy Who Lived
feigned
to fabricate, pretend
what happens to a nation within the epic?
it is in trouble????
prevail
triumph
what are the characteristics of and epic hero?
1. born in strange circumstances
2. faces a threat to his/her life
3. the direct way isn't clear
4. heros are neither fools or invincible
5. the hero has a goal
6. the journey is surrounded by danger, temptation, and lonliness
7. has friends and mentors
8. decends into darkness (often involves water or wilderness)
9. is changed after emerging from decent
10. what the hero seeks is no more thatn a symbol of what he/she really finds
11. suffers a wound physical or physchological
discretion
freedom to act or judge on one's own
what are the six characteristics of a tragic hero?
1. he/she is of noble blood
2. he has a tragic flaw which will eventually cause a downfall
3. he is placed in a situation by fate/gods from which there is no easy way out
4. he chooses the noble way out
5. he experiences a tragic fall
6. he experiences a cleansing
supplicate
to ask for humbly and earnestly as by prayer
lissom
limber, easily bent, flexible
limpid
calm and untroubled, serene
circumspect
heedful of consequences
shunt
to move or turn to one side