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articulate

to express with words

cauldron

vessel used for boiling water

contrived

obviously planned

demurring

voicing objection

fruition

accomplishment; bearing fruit

gruel

thin, watery porridge

guffaw

burst of laughter

impudence

offensive, bold behavior

obeisances

body movements or gestures

stolid

impassive

thatched

roofing made of plant material

volubly

fluently

zenith

summit; upper region in the sky

chaff

worthless matter

flails

manual threshing tools

frugal

careful spending

gilded

covered to make attractive

hemp

cord or cloth made from the cannabis plant

malignant

inclined to do evil

mar

to inflict disfiguring damage

arduous

strenuous

concubine

a woman who is contracted to a man as a second wife, often having low status and few rights

consternation

paralyzing dismay

haws

fumbles in speech

hoary

ancient; grey or white

maliciously

deliberately spiteful

millstones

stones used to grind grain

mottoes

brief statements

placid

calm

ardent

strong enthusiasm

berate

to scold

beseeching

begging for

brazen

loud sound

filial

parent-child relationship

lout

an awkward, stupid person

piety

showing reverence

scanty

insufficient

unctuous

insincere earnest

allayed

relieved

desponding

becoming discouraged

hoarding

reserving more than necessary

imperturbable

calm and composed

quavered

trembled

respite

short period of rest

retorted

answered in a quick manner

scant

inadequate

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