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Kenning

A device employed in Anglo-Saxon poetry in which the name of a thing is replaced by one of its functions or qualities, as in "ring-giver" for king and "whale-road" for ocean.

Epithet

any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality

Caesura

a break or pause (usually for sense) in the middle of a verse line

Alliteration

use of the same consonant at the beginning of each stressed syllable in a line of verse

Scop

composers and storytellers of Anglo-Saxon poetry

Allusion

passing reference or indirect mention

Oxymoron

conjoining contradictory terms (as in 'deafening silence')

Hyperbole

a figure of speech that uses exaggeration to express strong emotion, make a point, or evoke humor

Paradox

a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.

assonance

the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words

tone

the quality of something (an act or a piece of writing) that reveals the attitudes and presuppositions of the author

mood

a characteristic (habitual or relatively temporary) state of feeling

satire

witty language used to convey insults or scorn

pernicious

exceedingly harmful

anon

(old-fashioned or informal) in a little while

tedious

so lacking in interest as to cause mental weariness

inauspicious

unfavorable

doff

remove

requite

to make repayment or to return

feign

make believe with the intent to deceive

pugnacious

quarrelsome, fond of fighting

inundate

to flood, overflow; to overwhelm by numbers or size

lucid

capable of thinking and expressing yourself in a clear and consistent manner

deteriorating

getting worse;rotting

scullery

a small room (in large old British houses) next to the kitchen

mincing

affectedly dainty or refined

tyranny

a form of government in which the ruler is an absolute dictator (not restricted by a constitution or laws or opposition etc.)

dissentients

ones who disagree

enmity

a state of deep-seated ill-will

pre-eminent

greatest in importance or degree or significance or achievement

expounded

explained in detail

spinney

a small wood or thicket.

unalterable

remaining the same for indefinitely long times

grudging

reluctant to give or share

parasitical

relating to or caused by parasites

obstinate

persist stubbornly

cryptic

having a secret or hidden meaning

tractable

readily reacting to suggestions and influences

irrepressible

impossible to repress or control

ignominious

shameful

posthumously

Occuring or continuing after a person's death

pretext

an artful or simulated semblance

publican

the keeper of a public house

manifestly

obviously

factions

Political groups that agree on objectives and policies; the origins of political parties.

eloquence

expressiveness; persuasive speech

sordid

foul and run-down and repulsive

articulate

expressing yourself easily or characterized by clear expressive language

disinterred

dug up; exposed something hidden

laborious

not easy, requiring hard work; hardworking

arable

(of farmland) capable of being farmed productively

repose

a disposition free from stress or emotion

perpendicularity

the quality of being at right angles to a given line or plane (especially the plane of the horizon)

flagstaff

a tall staff or pole on which a flag is raised

malignity

quality of being disposed to evil

chaff

material consisting of seed coverings and small pieces of stem or leaves that have been separated from the seeds

mangel

shortage

infanticide

murdering an infant

capitulated

surrender on terms or conditions

coccidiosis

A parasite disease in animals

stupefied

in a state of mental numbness especially as resulting from shock

categorically

placed in a specific division of a system of classification

countenance

consent to, give permission

superannuated

discharged as too old for use or work

complicity

guilt as an accomplice in a crime or offense

knacker

someone who buys up old horses for slaughter

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