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prologue
an introduction/preface
farce
a ludicrous, empty show; a mockery
quintessential
Of, relating to, or having the nature of a quintessence; being the most typical
medieval
Relating/belonging to the middle ages
augment
enlarge
sonnet
A 14-line verse form poem usually having one of several conventional rhyme schemes
allusion
indirect reference
tragedy
A disastrous event, especially one involving distressing loss or injury to life; A play, film, television program, or other narrative work that portrays or depicts calamitous events and has an unhappy but meaningful ending
profane
Vulgar; coarse
languish
To be or become weak or feeble; lose strength or vigor
puns
A play on words, sometimes on different senses of the same word and sometimes on the similar sense or sound of different words
soliloquy
The act of speaking to oneself
renaissance
A rebirth or revival
pernicious
Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly; harmful; destructive
nuptial
of/relating to the act of marraige; a wedding ceremony
disparagement
to speak of in a slighting/disrespectful way; belittle; to reduce in esteem or rank
feign
to imitate as so to deceive; to represent falsely
garish
loud and flahsy; marked by obsessive decoration
obsequies
a funeral rite or ceremony
rapture
an expression of ecstatic feeling; the state of being transported by a lofty emotion
rancor
bitter, long-lasting resentment
poultice
A soft moist mass of bread, meal, clay, or other adhesive substance, usually heated, spread on cloth, and applied to warm, moisten, or stimulate an aching or inflamed part of the body
(think ice = pain reduction)
inundation
to cover with water, especially floodwaters; to overwhelm as with a flood
sepulcher
a burial vault; A receptacle for sacred relics, especially in an altar
ambiguity
somthing of doubtful meaning
invocation
a prayer/other formula used for invoking; an appeal to a higher power for assistance
wanton
immoral/unchaste; lewd
pensive
deeply, often wistfully/dreamily thoughtful; suggestive/expressive of melencholy thoughtfulness
enmity
deep-seated, often mutual hatred
(think enemy)
paramour
a lover, especially one in adulterous relationships
(think para=for mour=love)
miasma
a noxious atmosphere/influence
paynim
a pagen; a non-christian, especially a Muslim
(think pagen)
abdicate
to relinquish power formally;
anarchy
abscence of any form of political authority
peerage
The rank, title, or jurisdiction of a peer or peeress; a duchy, marquisate, county, viscountcy, or barony
myriad
constituting a very large, indefinite number; innumerable; a vast number
millennium
a span of one thousand years
duplicity
the quality/state of being twofold/double
avocation
An activity taken up in addition to one's regular work or profession, usually for enjoyment; a hobby
(think a vacation)
etiquette
the practices and forms perscribed by social convention and authority
optic
of/relating to the eye/vision
centurion
The commander of a century in The Roman Army
(think on the century)
tumulus
an ancient grave mound; barrow
(think tomb)
provocation
the act of provoking or inciting
(think provoke)
fatuous
delusive; unreal
(think fat chance)
turbulence
the state/quality of being turbulent
palpable
capable of being handled/touched
timorous
full of appriehensiveness; timid
(think timid)
capitulation
the act of surrenduring/giving up
(think capture)
cornucopia
an abundance
jocular
characterized by joking
palatable
acceptable to the taste/mind/sensibilities
(think palate as in the roof of your mouth)
confederation
a group of confederates, usually states or nations, united for a common purpose; a league
succinct
characterized by clear, precise expression in a few words
(think short, sweet, and to the point)
tourney
to compete in a tournament; a tournament
jest
an object of ridicule; a witty remark; a prank
conspiracy
an agreement to perform together an illegal, wrongful, or submersive act;
insurgents
the ones rebelling against the leadership of a political party
cavalier
carefree/nonchalant; a gallant/chivalrous man
catapult
a machine for hurling projectiles; to hurl or launch
treatise
a systematic, exstensive written discourse on a subject
minions
a subordinate official; an obsequious follower or dependent
(think mini-ones)
vulgar
crudely indecent
gluttony
excess in anything (mostly eating and drinking)
convert
to change something/someone into another form
annihilation
complete and total destruction
carrion
dead and decaying flesh
potentate
one who has the power and position to rule over others
tithes
a tax/assesment of one tenth, normally donated to the church
(think tithe=tenth)
concave
curved like the inner surface of a sphere
clarion
loud and clear
(think clarion=clear-ion
hoar
showing characteristics of age
(think old)
introspect
to examine one's own mind/thoughts/intentions
mead
an alchoholic beverage made from fermented honey and water
viscous
having high resistance to flow
(think sticky)
compline
the last of seven hours recited ot sung just before retiring
(think end of the line)
battalions
a large body of organized troops
psyche
intimidate
hart
a male deer, especially a male red deer over 5 yrs old
querulous
given to complaining; peevish
(think queery)
pinions
the wing/primary feather of a bird
complacently
eager to please
nocturnal
active at night
cavalcade
a ceremonial procession/display
(think parade)
carillon
a stationary set of chromatically tuned bells placed in a tower, usually played from a keyboard
vermilion
of vivid red/reddish orange; also called chinese red/cinnibar
wraiths
the ghost of a dead person
(think wrath of the dead)
phalanx
a compact/close-knit body of people
convex
having a surface or boundary that curves outward
(reminder concave=in, convex=out)
temperate
exercising moderation and self-restraint
battery
the act of beating/pounding
commiserate
to feel/express sorrow for; sympathize with
excrescence
an outgrowth/enlargement, especially an abnormal one such as a wart
homily
a sermon; a lecture; an inspirational saying
exonerate
to free from a blame/obligation/
or a responsibility/task
imprecations
a curse
imperiously
urgent; pressing; regal; imperial
condescension
patronizing superior behavior/attitude
intimated
to announce/proclaim
unremunerative
not yielding profit/recompense
(think un-returning)
declamation
a recitation delivered as an exercise in rhetoric or elocution
farinaceous
having a mealy/powdery texture
connubial
relating to marriage/married state
(think co-ed relationship)
contumaciously
bostinately disobedient/rebellious; insubordinate
(think counter-... or maliciously)
beadle
a minor parish official formerly employed in an English church to usher and keep order during services
miscreant
an evildoer/villain
hypothetical
of/relating to/based on a hypothesis; a created scenario used to test a theory
ostentatiously
boastful display meant to impress others
appropriated
suitable for a particular person/condition/occasion or place; fitting
(think appropriate)
sagaciously
having or showing keen discernment, sound judgment, and farsightedness; shrewd
garret
a room on the top floor of a house; an attic
spasmodic
relating to/affected by/having the character of a spasm; convulsive; given to sudden outbursts of energy/feeling
(think spaz
subterfuge
a deceptive stratagem/device
penitential
of/relating to penance; a book of church rules concerning the sacrement of penance; a penitent
mollified
to lessen in intensity; to calm in temper
(think modified)
accoucher
a man who assists women in childbirth; an obstetrician; a man midwife
perspicuity
the quality of being perspicuous; clearness and lucidity
interlocutor
someone who takes part in a conversation, often formally/officially
omnipotent
all powerful
(think omni=all & potent=power)
obtrude
to thrust out/push forward; to impose
(think opposite of intruder)