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theosophist
any of a number of philosophies maintaining that a knowledge of God may be achieved through spiritual ecstasy, direct intuition, or special individual relations
mountebank
a person who deceives others, esp. in order to trick them out of their money; a charlatan.
brummagem
cheap, showy, or counterfeit
tepid
only slightly warm; lukewarm.
bris
the Jewish ceremony of circumcision. Also called "brith."
incendiary
(of a device or attack) designed to cause fires
bivouac
a temporary camp without tents or cover, used esp. by soldiers or mountaineers.
unassuaged
not soothed or relieved
splenetic
bad-tempered; spiteful
virulent
1 (of a disease or poison) extremely severe or harmful in its effects.

2 bitterly hostile
asperity
harshness of tone or manner
admix
mix (something) with something else.
baleful
threatening harm; menacing
draconian
(of laws or their application) excessively harsh and severe.
gambol
run or jump about playfully
plod
walk doggedly and slowly with heavy steps
remonstrate
make a forcefully reproachful protest
desultory
lacking a plan, purpose, or enthusiasm
detritus
waste or debris of any kind
• gravel, sand, silt, or other material produced by erosion.
• organic matter produced by the decomposition of organisms.
crestfallen
sad and disappointed
vouchsafe
give or grant (something) to (someone) in a gracious or condescending manner
[ trans. ] reveal or disclose (information)
high-handed
using power or authority without considering the feelings of others
hidebound
unwilling or unable to change because of tradition or convention
predilection
a preference or special liking for something; a bias in favor of something
jettison
throw or drop (something) from an aircraft or ship
mendicant
given to begging
panacea
a solution or remedy for all difficulties or diseases
untrammeled
not deprived of freedom of action or expression; not restricted or hampered
moribund
(of a person) at the point of death.
soporific
tending to induce drowsiness or sleep
truculent
eager or quick to argue or fight; aggressively defiant
cursory
hasty and therefore not thorough or detailed
aver
state or assert to be the case
fell
of terrible evil or ferocity; deadly

an animal's hide or skin with its hair.

a hill or stretch of high moorland
disoblige
offend (someone) by not acting in accordance with their wishes
escheat
the reversion of property to the state, or (in feudal law) to a lord, on the owner's dying without legal heirs.
rake
[noun] a fashionable or wealthy man of dissolute or promiscuous habits.
[ intrans. ] (of a ship's mast or funnel) incline from the perpendicular toward the stern.
limpid
(of a liquid) free of anything that darkens; completely clear.
obsequies
funeral rites
prurient
having or encouraging an excessive interest in sexual matters
purview
the scope of the influence or concerns of something
rebuff
reject (someone or something) in an abrupt or ungracious manner
recreant
1 cowardly
2 unfaithful to a belief; apostate.
recriminate
make counteraccusations
ascetic
characterized by or suggesting the practice of severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons