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subtle
So slight as to be difficult to detect or describe; elusive: a subtle smile.
Difficult to understand; abstruse: an argument whose subtle point was lost on her opponent.
Able to make fine distinctions: a subtle mind.
Characterized by skill or ingenuity; clever.
Crafty or sly; devious.
Operating in a hidden, usually injurious way; insidious: a subtle poison.
supplication
to ask for humbly or earnestly
conception (archaic)
a beginning, a start
ere
before, previous to; rather than
travail
work, especially arduous or painful;tribulation of angony, anguish; the labor of childbirth
hapless
luckless, unfortunate
billow
a large wave or swell of water; a great swell or undulating mass, as of smoke or sound
yet
at thing time; thus far; at a future time, eventually; besides, in addition; still more, even; nevertheless
enfolded
to cover, evelop; to hold within limits, enclose; to embrace
-eval
relating to time or duration
suffix
affix that followsthe morpheme to which it can attach
affix
morpheme that attaches to a base morpheme to form a word
morpheme
the smallest lingual unit that carries a semantic interpretation
beauteous
beautiful, especially to the sight
primeval
belonging to the first or earlist age or sages; original or ancient, having existed from the beginning
ether
the element believed in ancient and medieval civilizations to fill all space abovethe sphere ofthe moon and to compose the stars and planets
"pyrrhic victory"
"a victory gained at too great a cost"
"in the offing"
"imminent, likely to happen"
"salad days"
"days of youthful inexperience"
"safe pair of hands"
"reliable, if somewhat dull, person who can be entrusted not to make a mistake with a task"
idiom
a manner of speaking that is natural to native speakers of a language
"speak softly and carry a big stick"
"international negotiations backed by threat of force"
"swan song"
"final gesture"
"full tilt"
"at full speed"
heliotropism
turning to where the sun is
"nail your colours to the mast"
"show your intention to hold out til the end"
apotheosis
elevataion to devine rank or stature, deification; glorification; an exalted or glorified example; model of excellence, having no equal
copse
a thicket of small trees or shrubs
cull
to pick out from others, select; to gather, collect; to remove rejected members or parts from
concord
harmony or agreement of interests; a treaty establishing peaceful relations
sledge
a vehicle mounted on low runners drawn by work animals and used for transporting loads across ice, snow or rough ground
garret
a room on the top floor of a house, an attic
perepeteia
a reversal of circumstances or turning point; a sudden reversal dependent on intellect and logic
anagnoris
discovery, originally meant "discovery" in greek, not only of a person, but also what a person stood for, what he or she represented
windrow
a row, as of leaves or snow, heaped up by the wind; a long row of cut hay or grain left to dry in a field before being bundled
corona
(astronomy) a faintly colored luminous ring appearing to surround a celestial body visible through a haze or thing cloud, also called aureole (botany) a crown-shaped, funnel-shaped, or trumpet shaped growth or appendage of the perianth of certain flowers
perianth
the outer envelope of a flower consisting of either the calyx or corolla or both
calyx
the sepals of a flower considered as a group; a cuplike organ or structure such as the cuplike divisions of the pelvis or kidney; a collecting structure in the kidney
sepal
one of the separate, usually green parts forming the calyx of a flower; one of the green leaves that surrounds the petals
corolla
the petals of a flower considered as a group or unit and usually of a color other than green; the inner whorl of the perianth
marten
any of several principally arboreal, carnivorous mammals from the genus "martes" related to the weasel, mainly inhabiting northern forests and having a slender boy, bush tail and soft fur
verdant
green with vegetation, covered with green growth; green; lacking experience or sophistication, naive
benignant
favorable, beneficial; kind and gracious
diphthong
a complex speech sound or glide that begins with one vowel and gradually changes to another vowel within the same syllable
phoneme
the smallest phonetic unit in a language that is capable of conveying a distinction in meaning, as the "m" of "mat and the "b" of "bat"
bard
one of an ancient celtic order of minstrel poets who composed and recited verses celebrating the legendary exploits of cheiftans and heroes; a poet, especially a lyric poet
hie
to go quickly, to hasten
vie
to strive for superiority, contend
flint-stone
pebbles used in masonry construction
masonry
the trade of a mason, work done by a mason, stonework or brickwork
mason
one who builds or works with stones or bricks
raiment
clothing; garments
courser
a huntsman, a swifthorse-a charger
impetuous
characterized by sudden and forceful energy or emotion, impulsive and passionate; having or marked by violent force
hame
one of the two curved wooden metal pieces of a harness that fits aroudn the neck of a draft animal and to which the traces are attached
trace
one of the two sidestraps or chains connecting a harnessed draft animal to a vehicle or whiffletree
whiffletree
the pivoted horizontal crossbar to which the harness traces of a draft animal are attached and which is in turn attached to a vehicle or an implement
perforce
by necessity, by force of cicumstances
stripling
an adolescent youth
fillet
a narrow strijp of ribbon or similar material, often worn as a headband
shallop
a large and heavy boat, usually having 2 masts and carrying fore-and-aft or lugsails; a small, open boat fitted with oars, or sails, or both and used primarily in shallow waters
accustom
to familiarize, as by constant practice, use or habit
mercurial
having characteristics of eloquence, shrewdness, swiftness, and thievishness, attributed to the god Mercury; quick and changeable in temperment, volatile
tidings
a piece of information or news
pellucid
admitting the passage of light, transparent or translucent; transparently clear in style or meaning
grotto
a small cave or cavern; an artificial structure made to resemble a cave or cavern
ecumenical council
a meeting of the bishops of the whole church convened to discuss and settle matters of church doctrine and practice
ecumenical
of worldwide scope or applicability, universal; of or relating to the worldwide Christian church
dappled
to mark or mottle with spots
quiver (noun)
a portable case for holding arrows; a case full or arrows; a collection or store, an arsenal
paunchy
having a potbelly
glib
performed with a natural offhand ease; showing little thought, preparation or concern; marked by ease and fluency of speech or writing that often suggests or stems from insincerity, superficiality or deceitfulness
trite
lacking power to evoke interest through overuse or repitition; (archaic) frayed or worn out by use
bathos/bathetic
an abrupt, unintended transition in style from the exalted tot he commonplace, producing a ludicrous effect; an anticlimax; banality, triteness
undaunted
not discouraged or disheartened
occident
western lands or regions, the west; the countries of Europe and the Western Hemisphere
pinion
the wing of a bird; the outer rear edge of the wing containing the primary feathers
zephyr
the west wind-a gentle breeze; any of various soft, light fabrics, yarns or garments; something that is airy, insubstantial or passing
vernal
of or relating to or occurring in the spring; fresh, youthful, young
shuttle
a device used in weaving to carry the woof thread back and forth between the warp threads
woof
the threads that run crosswise in a woven fabric, at right angles to the warf threads; the texture of a fabric
warp
set of lengthwise threads attached to a loom before weaving begins; (Old English) that which is thrown across
flax
plant native to India probably, but with extensive ancient use throughout Asia and southeastern Europe
furlongs
unit for measuring distance, equal to 1/8 mile (201 meters)
tetrameter
four measures
fare
to get along; to go or happen; to travel, go; to dine, eat
forsake
to give up, renounce; to leave altogether, abandon
hearken
to listen attentively, to heed
armament
the weapons and supplies of war with which a military unit is equipped
talent
ancient Greek, Roman and Middle Eastern variant unit of measurement for weight
besought
to address an urgent or earnest request to, implore; to request earnestly
league
a unit of distance equal to 3.0 statute miles
wont
accustomed or used; likely
steppe
extensive plain without trees
intone
to recite in a singing tone; to utter in a monotone
anneal
to subject (glass or metal) to a process of heating and slow cooling to toughen and reduce brittleness; to strengthen or harden
presage
an omen; a feeling or intuition of what is going to occur; prophetic significance or meaning; a prediction
defile (noun)
a narrow gorge or pass that restricts lateral movement
countenance
appearance, especially of the face; face or facial features
tackling
a rope and its pulley
wroth
wrathful, angry
caulking
to make watertight or airtight