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throng
noun
a multitude of assembled persons

verb
to crowd together in great numbers
Utopia
noun
1. an imaginary and indefinitely remoteplace 2. [cap] a place of ideal perfection esp in laws, government, and social conditions
sepulchre
noun
1. a place of burial: TOMB 2. a receptacle for religious relics esp in an alter
ponderous
adj
1. of very great weight 2. unwieldy or slumsy b/c of weight or size 3. oppressively or unpleasantly dull: LIFELESS
auspicious
adj
1. affording a favorable auspice: PROPITIOUS; syn: FAVORABLE
portal
noun
1. DOOR, ENTRANCE 2. the approach or entrace to a bridge or tunnel
physiognomy
noun
1. the art of discovering temperament and character from outward appearance 2. external aspect: inner character or quality revealed outwardly
indubitable
adj
too evident to be doubted: UNQUESTIONABLE
heterodox
adj
1. contrary to or different from an acknowledged standard, a traditional form, or an established religou: UNORTHODOX, UNCONVENTIONAL
scourge
verb
1. FLOG, WHIP 2. to punish severely
may also used as a noun
solemnity
noun
1. formal or ceremonious observance of an occation or event 2. a solemn condtion or quality
demeanor
noun
behavior toward others: outward manner
venerable
adj
1. calling forth respect throught age, character and attainments; syn: OLD
infamy
noun
1. evil reputation brought about by something grossly criminal, shocking or brutal 2. an extreme and publicly known criminal or evil act; state of infamous, DISGRACE
penal
adj
1. of, relating to, or involving punishment, penalties, or punitive institutions
whit
noun
the smallest part of particle imaginable: BIT
rotundity
noun
1. marked by roundness 2. marked by fullness of sound or cadence 3. CHUBBY
grisly
adj
inspiring horror or intense fear, disgust or distaste; syn: GHASTLY
haughty
adj
blatantly and disdainfully proud syn: PROUD
sumptuary
adj
1. relating to personal expenditures and esp to prevent extravagence and luxury
gentility
noun
1 a : the condition of belonging to the gentry b : GENTLEFOLK, GENTRY
2 a (1) : decorum of conduct : COURTESY (2) : attitudes or activity marked by false delicacy, prudery, or affectation b : superior social status or prestige evidenced by manners, possessions, or mode of life
evanscent
adj
tending to vanish like vapor
synonym see TRANSIENT
ignominy
noun
1 : deep personal humiliation and disgrace
2 : disgraceful or dishonorable conduct, quality, or action
synonym see DISGRACE
brazen
adj
1 : made of brass
2 a : sounding harsh and loud like struck brass b : of the color of polished brass
3 : marked by contemptuous boldness
visage
noun
1 : the face, countenance, or appearance of a person or sometimes an animal
2 : ASPECT, APPEARANCE
pillory
noun
1 : a device formerly used for publicly punishing offenders consisting of a wooden frame with holes in which the head and hands can be locked
2 : a means for exposing one to public scorn or ridicule
[pillory illustration]
flagrant
adj
1 archaic : fiery hot : BURNING
2 : conspicuously offensive <flagrant errors>; especially : so obviously inconsistent with what is right or proper as to appear to be a flouting of law or morality <flagrant violations of human rights>
vie
verb
intransitive senses : to strive for superiority : CONTEND, COMPETE
transitive senses, archaic : WAGER, HAZARD; also : to exchange in rivalry : MATCH
contumely
noun
arsh language or treatment arising from haughtiness and contempt; also : an instance of such language or treatment
leaden
adj
1 a : made of lead b : of the color of lead : dull gray
2 a : oppressively heavy b : SLUGGISH c : lacking spirit or animation
preternatural
adj
1 : existing outside of nature
2 : exceeding what is natural or regular : EXTRAORDINARY <wits trained to preternatural acuteness by the debates -- G. L. Dickinson>
3 : inexplicable by ordinary means; especially : PSYCHIC <preternatural phenomena>
phantasmagoria
noun
1 : an exhibition or display of optical effects and illusions
2 a : a constantly shifting complex succession of things seen or imagined b : a scene that constantly changes
3 : a bizarre or fantastic combination, collection, or assemblage
eminence
noun
1 : a position of prominence or superiority
2 : one that is eminent , prominent, or lofty: as a : an anatomical protuberance (as on a bone) b : a person of high rank or attainments -- often used as a title for a cardinal c : a natural elevation
impediment
noun
1 : something that impedes; especially : an organic obstruction to speech
2 : a bar or hindrance (as lack of sufficient age) to a lawful marriage
remonstrance
noun
1 : an earnest presentation of reasons for opposition or grievance; especially : a document formally stating such points
2 : an act or instance of remonstrating
pore
verb
1 : to gaze intently
2 : to read studiously or attentively -- usually used with over
3 : to reflect or meditate steadily
furrowed
adj
grooved or wrinkled
heterogeneous
adj
consisting of dissimilar or diverse ingredients or constituents : MIXED
sojourn
noun
a temporary stay <a sojourn in the country>
iniquity
noun
1 : gross injustice : WICKEDNESS
2 : a wicked act or thing : SIN
expound
verb
1 a : to set forth : STATE b : to defend with argument
2 : to explain by setting forth in careful and often elaborate detail <expound a law>
intransitive senses : to make a statement : COMMENT
peradventure
adv
archaic : PERHAPS, POSSIBLY
behoove
verb
transitive senses : to be necessary, proper, or advantageous for <it behooves us to go>
intransitive senses : to be necessary, fit, or proper
irk
verb
to make weary, irritated, or bored
synonym see ANNOY
matron
noun
1 a : a married woman usually marked by dignified maturity or social distinction b : a woman who supervises women or children (as in a school or police station) c : the chief officer in a women's organization
2 : a female animal kept for breeding
sagacity
noun
the quality of being sagacious [keen in sense perception]
eminent
adj
1 : standing out so as to be readily perceived or noted : CONSPICUOUS
2 : jutting out : PROJECTING
3 : exhibiting eminence especially in standing above others in some quality or position : PROMINENT
synonym see FAMOUS
unadulterated
adj
1 : not adulterated : PURE <unadulterated food>
2 : COMPLETE, UNQUALIFIED <an unadulterated fool>
obstinacy
noun
1 a : the quality or state of being obstinate : STUBBORNNESS b : the quality or state of being difficult to remedy, relieve, or subdue <the obstinacy of tuberculosis>
2 : an instance of being obstinate
tremulous
adj
1 : characterized by or affected with trembling or tremors
2 : affected with timidity : TIMOROUS
3 : such as is or might be caused by nervousness or shakiness <a tremulous smile> <tremulous handwriting>
4 : exceedingly sensitive : easily shaken or disordered
accord
noun
1 a : AGREEMENT, CONFORMITY <acted in accord with the company's policy> b : a formal reaching of agreement : COMPACT, TREATY
2 : balanced interrelationship : HARMONY
3 obsolete : ASSENT
4 : voluntary or spontaneous impulse to act <gave generously of their own accord>
plaintive
adj
expressive of suffering or woe : MELANCHOLY
counsel
noun
1 a : advice given especially as a result of consultation b : a policy or plan of action or behavior
2 : DELIBERATION, CONSULTATION
3 a archaic : PURPOSE b : guarded thoughts or intentions
4 a plural counsel (1) : a lawyer engaged in the trial or management of a case in court (2) : a lawyer appointed to advise and represent in legal matters an individual client or a corporate and especially a public body b : CONSULTANT
repentance
noun
the action or process of repenting especially for misdeeds or moral shortcomings
synonym see PENITENCE
avail
verb
1 : to be of use or advantage to : PROFIT
2 : to result in : bring about <his efforts availed him nothing>
- avail oneself of also avail of : to make use of : take advantage of
impracticable
adj
1 : IMPASSABLE <an impracticable road>
2 : not practicable : incapable of being performed or accomplished by the means employed or at command
discourse
noun
1 archaic : the capacity of orderly thought or procedure : RATIONALITY
2 : verbal interchange of ideas; especially : CONVERSATION
3 a : formal and orderly and usually extended expression of thought on a subject b : connected speech or writing c : a linguistic unit (as a conversation or a story) larger than a sentence
4 obsolete : social familiarity
hue
noun
1 : COMPLEXION, ASPECT <political parties of every hue -- Louis Wasserman>
2 a : COLOR b : gradation of color c : the attribute of colors that permits them to be classed as red, yellow, green, blue, or an intermediate between any contiguous pair of these colors -- compare BRIGHTNESS, LIGHTNESS, SATURATION
temperament
noun
1 obsolete a : constitution of a substance, body, or organism with respect to the mixture or balance of its elements, qualities, or parts : MAKEUP b : COMPLEXION 1
2 obsolete a : CLIMATE b : TEMPERATURE 2
3 a : the peculiar or distinguishing mental or physical character determined by the relative proportions of the humors according to medieval physiology b : characteristic or habitual inclination or mode of emotional response <a nervous temperament> c : extremely high sensibility; especially : excessive sensitiveness or irritability
4 a : the act or process of tempering or modifying : ADJUSTMENT, COMPROMISE b : middle course : MEAN
5 : the process of slightly modifying the musical intervals of the pure scale to produce a set of 12 equally spaced tones to the octave which enables a keyboard instrument to play in all keys
synonym see DISPOSITION
swoon
verb
1 a : FAINT b : to become enraptured <swooning with joy>
2 : DROOP, FADE